June 09, 2011 03:30 PM by Shayla Perry
It’s no coincidence that Adam Levine and the other coaches of The Voice chose to perform a medley of Queen songs to kick off Tuesday’s first ever LIVE episode of the hit NBC reality show. It was the perfect opportunity for Levine to show off his awesome guitar skills, and to give fans a taste of what to expect when he and Maroon 5 hit the road for their summer tour.
“We’re adding big Marshall stacks, adding speakers and subwoofers,” says Levine of the band’s upcoming tour in which they’ll pay homage to their favorite stadium rock bands like Queen.
“We have an old-school mentality toward entertaining,” adds the Voice star. “We emulate bands like the Stones, U2, Van Halen, and Queen, bands that put on such a motherf****r of a show that you can’t not like it.
“We want people to get lost in the experience. There’s no smoke and mirrors.”
Levine has been open about his disappointment in what other artists have been putting out lately, but tells Rolling Stone that Mumford & Sons (and we hope his stint on The Voice) recently restored his “faith in music.”
“I haven’t felt like a real music fan in a long time,” says Adam, “but that record has made me a fan again. There’s something so gripping about the way the lyrics are delivered — it’s angsty and mad, but it’s beautiful soul music.
“Them selling records and Arcade Fire winning the Grammy restores my faith in music.”
Maroon 5′s summer tour kicks off June 24th in New York. After playing in the U.S., the band will then head to Europe for the months of November and December, giving Levine some time to rest before The Voice returns for season 2 on February 5th.
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