By Ashley Hocking
18 years ago, a group of friends in high school formed a band. They called themselves Kara’s Flowers. Their name later evolved to become Maroon 5.
The five members of the band include: lead singer Adam Levine, drummer Ryan Dusick, keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, lead guitarist James Valentine, and bass player Mickey Madden.
Three years after the band formed, Maroon 5 signed with Reprise records and dropped their first album, The Fourth World.
Shortly after, the band left the record label and went their separate ways to attend colleges across the nation and each focused on education.
After college, the group rebanded and signed with a new record label, Octone Records. They quickly released their next album, Songs About Jane.
The album’s lead single “Harder To Breathe” is what gave the band their big break in 2002. It became a chart topper and popular amongst radio stations.
By 2004, the band had two worldwide hits under their belt and won a Grammy for Best New Artist the following year.
Maroon 5 went on to tour extensively and drop three more albums: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007), Hands All Over (2010), and Overexposed (2012).
On Feb. 27, Maroon 5 visited the Sprint Center in Kansas City as one of their stops on their Overexposed nationwide tour.
Despite selling out every seat in the house, the evening was tainted by a group picketers from the Westboro Baptist Church.
“My first instinct was to get mad, but I realized they’re such a small group,” Adam Levine, lead singer, said to the audience. “It’s such an ignorant thing that such a small group of people could be such pieces of s***.”
Despite this hindrance to the evening, fans enjoyed the jive atmosphere, psychedelic light show, and poppy music.