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Memories will be made when Maroon 5 is comes to KeyBank Pavilion on Friday, June 19th! The tour will be focused on the band’s upcoming 7th studio album, led by the new hit single “Memories” with Meghan Trainor as the opening act. In honor of Live Nation announcing the show, we wanted to celebrate our favorite band moments. Here’s our Top 5 Memories that will make you move like Jagger. 

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5. Songs About Jane

This was their breakthrough moment. In 2002, Maroon 5 released their debut LP, ‘Songs About Jane’ and were pretty much unknown. By the end of 2004, the album was in the top 10 on the Billboard charts and had sold over 2 million copies. The album was filled with catchy melodies, guitar hooks, and lyrics about break ups. Anywhere you went that year–you heard Maroon 5–and rightfully so. The reason behind the band blowing up was the standout song “This Love,” which earned them a Grammy for best pop vocal performance by a duo or group. Chances are if you were walking down the street you heard somebody singing it to themselves. The singles “Harder to Breathe” and “She Will Be Loved” were also huge mainstream radio anthems. This love had taken its toll, she said goodbye, and the world said hello to the biggest new band in pop music. 

4. Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show

The band had reached the pinnacle of television performances–103 million viewers tuned in. It doesn’t get any bigger than that! And how do you cram 17 years of music into 12 minutes? The set featured a variety of hit songs throughout their career: “This Love,” “Girls Like you,” “Sugar.” The halftime show is always held under a microscope because so many legendary acts have hit the stage. Having a band like Maroon 5 showed everyone the longevity of their career in a business where bands come and go every couple of years. 

3. Wedding Crashers

Here’s an idea: how about crashing some weddings and filming a music video? That’s exactly what the band did on a Saturday in LA. They were filming the video for their new single “Sugar” which marked a return to the bands dance guitar pop roots that was brighter than a Southern California day. Lead singer Adam Levine expressed some doubts, and wondered if any newlyweds wouldn’t like the band performing on their wedding day. There’s also rumors that everything was staged, but you can see genuine reactions toward the end of the video. I guess you’ll have to judge for yourselves. The music video currently has 3 billion views. Everyone needs a little sweetness in their life.

2. Moves Like Jagger

2011 was a pivotal time for the band. And it goes like this..you never know when a surprise hit will come out of nowhere, especially 3 albums into a career. This was the case for “Moves Like Jagger.” The song was released a year after ‘Hands All Over’ and featured Pittsburgh’s own Christina Aguilera. Aside from the new hit, Adam Levine had just joined a new television music show competition called The Voice. And that led to Levine becoming a household name for millions of Americans each week, giving the band an even bigger platform to gain new fans. “Moves Like Jagger” showcased upbeat dance floor fun. All of a sudden the band was not only competing with younger acts but actually beating them on the charts. The song was number one in 18 countries. Just shoot for the stars if it feels right.

1. Maroon 5 rocks Pittsburgh! August 6, 2013

The summer setting was perfect for a party, which showcased a solid 19 song set. Pittsburgh welcomed the band to First Niagara Pavilion with hands all over. The band was riding high and playing to much larger crowds in amphitheaters and arenas each night. And this was their victory lap. The set opened with the funky reggae groove of “One More Night,” which got the crowd amped up. From there the band played a wide range from their catalog: earlier hits like “Sunday Morning” and “Won’t Go Home Without You,” to more recent jams like “Makes Me Wonder” and “Misery.” The set also featured some covers including “Get Lucky.” The powerful night ended with “Moves Like Jagger” before the band headed back out onstage for a three song encore which consisted of “Payphone,” “She Will Be Loved,” and “Daylight.” Cause in the daylight we’ll be on our own, and talking about that awesome show!

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Tickets go on sale on Friday, December 13th at noon to the general public but presales are happening now so make your own memories and grab some tickets for you and your friends!

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Josh McCann

Josh McCann is a contributing writer for Made in PGH, where he writes about events and music. He's a Point Park University alumnus, musician, and founder of the music blog Where The Bands Are. His writing on rock and roll has appeared in the Globe and the Northside Chronicle.

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