As far as bands go, there are only a handful that I like enough to pay to see in concert. Maroon 5 is one of those bands. I've been listening to Maroon 5 since they were Kara's Flowers in the '90s. They've grown with me. Oh, and Adam Levine–LOVE him. Yum. If I could pick any one person to spend my life on a deserted island with, it would be a toss up between Adam and my husband. Of course, my husband would win out, but only barely.
So when my almost 10-year-old son asked to see a concert for his birthday, I was very pleased that his top two requests included Maroon 5 (Bruno Mars was the other). Bruno Mars isn't touring this, but Maroon 5 is. My lucky day. So we bought tickets at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. It's about a 2-hour drive, but just as close, if not closer, than the next closest option.
Wednesday afternoon, we headed up to Montreal to see Maroon 5 in concert. We live in Vermont, so it's no shocker that it started snowing on our way there. By the time we crossed the border into Canada, it was snowing pretty hard. We could have turned around as I knew the ride home was going to suck because the temperatures would continue to drop and the snow would continue to fall. Slow and steady wins the race, and I'm a North Country girl. I knew the ride home would be long but worth it to see the show.
About 45 minutes before the show was to start, we made our way back over to the Bell Centre. Once inside, we bought some swag (my little man wanted a keychain, but no t-shirts or hats) and then found our seats. We were 26 rows from the stage on the left; not bad at all! There was also a small stage in the center of the floor seating area that was roughly 15×15 feet. The corner of stage was 10 seats to our right and 2 rows in front of us. Sweet! We were going to have a great view! *Swoon*
Neon Trees opened. They were really good live! Energetic and fun. My little man even sang along to the songs he knew.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugcfiIcyHQQ]At 8:45 pm, Maroon 5 took the stage. Wow, they opened with Payphone, and the energy was phenomenal. They played new and old music, talked to the crowd (but not too much) and never took a break between songs. They had big screen behind them where they projected live video of the band performing for much of the show. The screens provided a backdrop for various room settings and other visual effects throughout the show.
Just before 10 pm, a bridge was brought down from the ceiling, connecting the small, protruding stage extension of the main stage to the small stage to the right of us. Oh, yes!! Adam Levine walked over that bridge and was about 150 feet from us. Holy smokes!
And this is why I nominate myself for the Mother of the Year Award: my little man asked to go home (as Adam Levine was practically licking distance away), so we left. My little man was tired, overstimulated, and ready to go to home. What I really wanted to do was to make him sit in his seat until Adam was done singing to me (because I'm pretty sure he was…) and leave at the end of the show, but I didn't. This concert experience was about my little man and his first concert, not about me ogling Adam Levine all night.
Even though I didn't get to see the whole show, the part I did see was worth every penny we spent that night. My little man had fun and Maroon 5 puts on a great show.