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Maroon 5 to perform debut concert in Macau next year

The Los Angeles pop-rockers will bring hits including Sugar, Moves Like Jagger and Girls Like You to the Cotai Strip in March 2019

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 September, 2018, 3:18pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 September, 2018, 3:21pm

US pop-rockers Maroon 5 have announced they will perform their first concert in Macau next year, forming part of the ongoing tour for their latest album, Red Pill Blues.

The Venetian Macao resort will play host to the Sugar hitmakers on March 3, 2019, as the band celebrates their sixth record, which has sold more than one million copies worldwide since its release last November.

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The Los Angeles six-piece will hit the Cotai Strip exactly one month after appearing at the NFL Superbowl in the coveted headline slot at the huge sportings event’s half-time show.

Already, there is speculation that the band will be joined at the mid-game extravaganza, which has seen Bruce Springsteen, U2, Madonna, Coldplay and Lady Gaga perform in recent years, by rapper Cardi B, who features on Maroon 5’s recent single Girls Like You. The song spent five consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard charts.

Red Pill Blues – named after a scene from 1999 sci-fi film The Matrix – is the first to feature Sam Farrar as an official member of Maroon 5, after he joined the band as a touring musician in 2012. The record, which features hip hop talents ASAP Rocky, SZA and LunchMoney Lewis as well as singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, marks an unbroken run of platinum records for the rockers, despite receiving a mixed critical reception.

Although they were performing together as Kara’s Flowers as early as 1994, it was after they re-emerged under their current moniker in 2001 and released sleeper hit debut Songs About Jane a year later that they began their rise to prominence. By 2005, the record was certified platinum, earning the Los Angeles quintet a Grammy award for Best New Artist.

The band released their second album in 2007, debuting a sound closer to electronica and R&B than the soft rock of their first release. Earworm tracks Moves Like Jagger and Sugar enhanced their reputation, while lead singer Adam Levine’s role as judge on The Voice US made him a household name.

Maroon 5 will perform on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macao. Tickets from MOP/HK$688 go on sale from Friday, September 28, at 10am at cotaiticketing.com.