Adam Levine of Maroon 5 spoke with the Daily Mail about how the band has had a tough time at gaining critical respect with a fanbase that largely consists of females and has been cast with the “boy band” label. “We’re a proper band, so it’s upsetting we still seem to have something to prove,” the 31-year-old singer said. “We’re in the same boat as Duran Duran. Most of their fans were girls, but they were a legitimate group.” Read more.
Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael of Maroon 5 sat down with Fuse on Demand’s ‘On The Record’ to talk with host Toure about their career, how they’ve managed to get along after so many years together, the girl behind their original band name Kara’s Flowers, the improbable story on how they got signed, and their latest album ‘Hands All Over’.
Adam also took the opportunity to rant at an old guitar teacher that gave him a flunking grade. “Here’s why I’m mad at you,” Adam told the bleeped teacher, staring into the camera. “Because you fu**ed me. Here’s why you fu**ed me [bleeped]. I came to him before the end of the semester and was like, ‘Hey man, I’m clearly failing your class, what can I do?’ He was like, ‘You know what man, it’s cool, I’m gonna give you a C or C-, but you’ve just got to show up the rest of the classes. You’ve got 10 more classes.’ Didn’t miss one more class, did well on my final exam or whatever that was, and he gave me a fu**in’ F. That’s fu**ed up. I did those things and he still failed me.”
Watch the interview via YouTube below.
Maroon 5 checked in with fans on their blog at MySpace (@maroon5) on Monday (September 13) to explain their taping policy when it comes to the band’s tour in support of their new album ‘Hands All Over’, out September 21st. With the proliferation of handheld HD video devices, artists and labels are getting more concerned about high quality concert footage posted at YouTube cannibalizing potential DVD sales. The policy reads:
Maroon 5 allows audio taping at almost every live performance. We feel that each show is unique and want to offer our fans the opportunity to recreate the live experience through the audio reproduction of our shows. At all taping authorized performances, tapers can tape from any ticketed seating location in the venue. No soundboard or power feeds are provided.
Taping is limited to audio-only. Wireless receivers are strictly prohibited. We sincerely appreciate all of our fans, so we ask that you please be considerate of those around you by not obstructing anyone else’s view of the performance.
All recordings must be used for personal use or trading only. Selling or commercializing any recording is illegal and will jeopardize taping privileges for everyone.
In addition to helping fans recreate the live experience, we hope tape trading will foster greater interaction within the fan community. Any method of trading that does not involve personal fan interaction defeats the spirit of this goal of the taping policy and is not authorized. In particular, posting audio or video files on web sites for streaming to or downloading by the public, is not authorized.
Maroon 5 are out with the music video to their new single ‘Give A Little More’, the second release off the American pop rock band’s third studio album ‘Hands All Over’, due out on September 21st on A&M/Octone. Watch the Paul Hunter directed video via YouTube below.
Maroon 5 is featured on the cover of Billboard magazine, where singer Adam Levine talked about working with Mutt Lange on the band’s third album ‘Hands All Over’ in Switzerland. “He helped make the songs more straightforward,” Levine said. “What we do is very simple, and he helped us narrow it down a little bit and make it more cohesive. He said, ‘Listen, you guys need to make sure you’re writing the best material you can.’ He pushes you hard. It made me realize that no one has ever really pushed me before. He was the first guy who was unafraid to say, ‘This isn’t good enough. Try again.'” Read more.
Get an up close and personal look at Maroon 5’s summer tour in the first installment of ‘Palm Trees & Power Lines’, where fans can see live footage from the road as the band prepares to release ‘Hands All Over’ on September 21st.
Hot off the heels of their album preorder announcement earlier this week, Maroon 5 have just launched two new contests for their fans. The band’s MySpace karaoke contest lets fans submit their own rendition of “Misery” and even sing along with Adam Levine. The best entry will get the VIP treatment backstage at one of Maroon 5’s upcoming shows this fall. Additionally, there is a tweet-to-win promotion for a limited edition ‘Hands All Over’ 3D box set as well as a new iPad loaded with exclusive Maroon 5 content.
Adam’s karaoke video at MySpace.com has since been removed.
James Valentine, Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael Maroon 5 did 5 Questions for VH1.com, including the most irritating thing someone can do in their presence, if there’s anything online they’re addicted to, what era they’d visit if they had a time machine, who is the best rock band right now, and if they had one superpower, what would it be.
“I don’t like it when you’re talking to someone and you can just tell that they’re waiting for their term to talk,” Valentine said about his biggest irritation. For his part, Adam said, “What’s really irritating, is when someone close talks you when they’re drunk, and they’re loud and their breath smells and they spit in your face.”
On internet site addictions, Adam said, “That’s tough. I’m the least internet involved of anyone in the band. I don’t really care about the internet. Fu** you internet… Oh my god, Twitter, I love using you. Communicating with our fans via you. Look, they said something nice.”
If he could go back in time, Adam said, “I would probably go back to the ’60s, because that’s probably when music was the best. Mid to late ’60s, everything was crazy good.”
Asked what superpower they would choose, Adam said, “It comes down to two things guys, I can speak for you on this. It’s flight or invisibility. You have to go with flight, but it would suck that you couldn’t do shady stuff with invisibility. You could see anything, you could spy on anyone. You could do anything. Invisibility there’s so many possibilities. At some point flying would get boring. Because yeah, I can fly, I can do it all the time for ten years, I’m sick of it. Just a way to get to point a to point b.”
Watch the responses below.
Maroon 5 are out with the UK version of their ‘Misery’ music video, off the Los Angeles pop rock band’s third studio album ‘Hands All Over’, out September 21st on A&M/Octone Records. Watch it via YouTube below.
Lucy Walsh has been documenting her time on tour playing in Ry Cuming’s band while he’s on tour with Maroon 5 and Guster. Ry is seen miming along to ‘So Yesterday’ by Hilary Duff in the van before arriving at the venue. After showing highlights from the live show, Lucy, Ry and James Valentine of Maroon 5 were seen doing some gambling and doing some recording on the tour bus. Watch the clip via YouTube below.