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NJ.com Reports: Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson coming to Camden


By Tris McCall/The Star-Ledger 
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on April 01, 2013 at 10:53 AM, updated April 01, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Maroon 5 performs in Chicago, March 1, 2013.

When Maroon 5 headlined at PNC Bank Arts Center in 2010, the band's fortunes were fading. "Hands All Over," the third Maroon 5 album, did not go on to sell nearly as well as the band's first two, and a group accustomed to scaling the charts was forced to listen to others in heavy rotation.

What a difference a hit television program makes.

Singer Adam Levine's coaching role on "The Voice" has made him a bigger star than he had ever been with the band, and "Overexposed," the follow-up to "Hands All Over," earned the group a platinum disc. Maroon 5 returns to Holmdel this August as one of the world's most popular attractions: "Payphone," "One More Night," and "Daylight," all singles from "Overexposed," have all been smash hits. The heavily tattooed Levine has become an unlikely sex symbol.

It is a changed Maroon 5 that comes to Susquehanna Bank Center on Aug. 7. A group that used to compose its own music is now relying heavily on outside song doctors; the three hits from "Overexposed" were co-written by, among others, Swedish hitmakers Max Martin and Johan "Shellback" Schuster. The sound of the new album is closer to that of "Moves Like Jagger," the chart-topper that Levine popularized through "The Voice," than it is to the rougher, funkier material on "Songs About Jane" and "It Won't Be Soon Before Long," the first two Maroon 5 sets. Jesse Carmichael, a synthesizer sorcerer and one of the architects of the group's original style, took a leave of absence before the recording of "Overexposed," and turned his chair over to touring member P.J. Morton. Carmichael has announced that he will rejoin Maroon 5 for the fifth album, but it isn't clear whether he'll be there for the Camden and Holmdel shows.

Accompanying Maroon 5 on the Honda Civic tour will be Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol and, arguably, the possessor of the strongest voice in mainstream pop-rock. Clarkson, touring as a co-headliner with the Fray, tore the roof off of the Susquehanna Bank Center last summer. Her show was tough, tight, and heavy on rock; in a Pink Floyd t-shirt, she led a full band through energetic versions of hits like "Behind These Hazel Eyes," "Since U Been Gone," and "Stronger" that were grittier than the recorded versions. Clarkson also showcased her talent and flexibility as an interpretive singer (and good taste), performing fun.'s "We Are Young" and Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart" with equal skill.

Tickets to the Honda Civic Tour go on sale at 10 a.m. on April 6. 


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