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A Night with Maroon 5 and OneRepublic

2008-12-18 12:07
photo: Sean brand
Choosing opening acts for global superstars like Maroon 5 and OneRepublic is a pretty hard task. Luckily, Cape Town fans got a taste of Goldfish and the Parlotones.

Dominic Peters and David Poole, better known as Goldfish, kicked off the evening by showcasing what they're made of. These unassuming Cape Town based boys got the crowd dancing to their jazzy-electronic magic. To see the duo enjoying themselves so much on stage, it was impossible to not allow the music to embrace you. However, the sound at the Grand West Arena did give soul vocalist Monique Hellenberg some problems during their radio hit, "This is how it goes". It sounded like a battle of mouse and music. Disappointing, but the show must go on…

Breaks between sets are understandable but if the wait is too long, the crowd gets restless. 5FM DJs Catherine and Fresh struggled to keep the crowd entertained during the long breaks. Anyway, onto the Parlotones, whose comical expressions combined with Kahn's true rock showmanship antics and crowd participation. Unfortunately, the last thing you want is for one of your favourite SA band's to try and squeeze what seemed like their entire CD into 30 minutes!

Next up was OneRepublic. Trying to say "red roof" in true South African style, Ryan Tedder, their lead vocalist was like an energizer bunny, hopping between his guitar, piano and microphone. His facial expressions during their radio hit "Apologize" were exactly the same as in the video. It was easy to connect with the band - even if they completely contradicted each other when it came to dress sense. The crowd quickly showed what they're made of when they sang "Stop and stare". "Tyrant" and "Goodbye Apathy" actually made you stand up, and take note of their musical abilities as Brent Kutzle ensured that his cello soared throughout the arena.

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One Republic also cleverly introduced some new material from their next album by actually asking the opinion of the crowd. The songs seemed to be received positively. But the question on everyone's lips was "who is that hot guy that performed with them during "Apologize"?" When the camera focused on his tousled long hair, boyish smile and 'out-of-bed' look, the girls in the crowd went crazy. It was a real pleasure having him on caught on camera as he clearly enjoyed himself playing the guitar. It definitely ended OneRepublic's segment of the show in pure bliss - but not before they did their version of Maroon 5's "Harder to breathe".

And so, the reason why most people were here: Maroon 5. Tattooed, scruffy and oozing sex appeal, Adam Levine came onstage (okay, I confess, I'm a fan). They rocked the Grand Arena and no one was left in their seats. Singing hits from both CDs, Songs about Jane and It won't be soon before long, it was clear they appealed to both young and old. I even witnessed a mom pulling her daughter up from her seat to dance with her as she moved to "Makes Me Wonder".

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Maroon 5 sing about what they know best: love, sex and relationships, and what better song to encapsulate all that than "Secret"? Later, lights exploded for "If I Ever See Your Face Again" and Adam gyrated his hips as much as he could to every other song, much to the pleasure of the girls in the crowd. And when OneRepublic jokingly asked the crowd to show Maroon 5 the finger and go home, it was inevitable that the audience would do no such thing. Naturally, the guys couldn't leave without an encore, and a good one it was, perfectly encapsulating a night with Maroon 5 and OneRepublic: "Fantastical bliss".

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