Maroon Five: LA boys reaching out for Moscow

They have been called everything from a half-baked boy band to crybabies, yet Maroon 5 have been selling out stadiums every since they first set foot on a stage. Now they and in their 30s and heading to Moscow for a long-awaited gig.

The band’s story begins in the 1990s when college students Adam Levine and Mickey Madden met formed a group called Kara’s Flowers. As they outgrew their college passions, they changed the band’s name to Maroon 5 in 1999, got new musicians and defined their musical style with the sophisticated term adult alternative pop-rock.

Maroon 5 can hardly be called prolific, having produced just three studio albums since 1999, yet the boys still managed to earn a fortune, selling over 15 million copies of their albums worldwide.

Having released the Hands All Over CD in 2010, in one of his interviews the band’s frontman announced that having reached its peak, Maroon 5 might soon fall apart. Levine has said he is reluctant to pursue a musical career into his 40s, 50s and 60s “like the Rolling Stones.”

Maroon 5’s first-ever appearance in Moscow at Crocus City Hall on November 27 promises to be the highlight of the weekend for rock-lovers as well as a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Russian fans to hear Adam and his band play live in their capital.

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