Maroon 5 performing at an album release party in Los Angeles. Photo by: Wes and Alex for iHeartRadio.
Maroon 5 performing at an album release party in Los Angeles. Photo by: Wes and Alex for iHeartRadio.

Maroon 5 Breaks Out ‘Wait’ for the First Time In a Live Setting

The international sensation known as Maroon 5 provided an intimate performance for attendees at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, California on Tuesday, November 7.

Maroon 5 have recently released Red Pill Blues via Interscope Records. The album title was inspired by the decision making within the movie The Matrix. Overall, the title is compelling and intellectual for a pop album.


In comparison, the lyrics within the album lack the depth that the title provides.

When I review the movie The Matrix, and the effects of the red pill has overall, I completely understand and relate to the blues that comes along with enlightenment. There is a saying that ignorance is bliss. If you find yourself questioning the mainstream machine, and continue to produce pop albums, I can see the conflict within the artist.

Personally, I also face the dilemma of conforming to a broken system of mainstream journalism, and having the awareness of all the downsides that come along with spreading misinformation. I could have taken the blue pill, conformed early in life, and perpetuated a propaganda machine to possibly receive better healthcare. A piece of me does feel a similar conflict of taking the red pill, but if I were to have not realized the downsides that come along with that decision later in life, there would be good chance that the feeling of regret would be more painful than not conforming to the mainstream.

“I can’t say for sure that I know what the answer to that question is because the name of an album is often just a vibe or the feeling you get when you talk to the band about it. We discussed a million options and trust me, this one came at the eleventh hour. I think we had about twenty minutes to come up with a name because we hadn’t come up with one yet! It sounded good, it had the Matrix reference, and it was cool. There are a million things meaning-wise that we could discuss, but I like to let people ascribe their own meanings.” – Adam Levine

After reviewing Red Pill Blues and comparing it to Songs About Jane, I find that the band has cooled off with their success. The guest performers on the album does include a list of talented artists including: Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and Future.

Preview tracks from Red Pill Blues via the YouTube playlist.

Set List 11/07/17:

  1. “What Lovers Do”
  2. “Wait”
  3. “She Will Be Loved”
  4. “Don’t Wanna Know”
  5. “Sugar”
  6. “Moves Like Jagger”
  7. “This Love”
  8. “Harder To Breathe”
  9. “One More Night”
  10. “Misery”
  11. “Let’s Go Crazy”
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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.