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Maroon 5 sets aside controversy, plans Strip residency run

Updated September 27, 2022 - 5:53 pm

The status for this residency would be, “Complicated.”

But it is safe to say any questions about Maroon 5’s future amid frontman Adam Levine’s relationship controversy have been answered. The generation-spanning rock band has announced a residency series at Dolby Live at Park MGM beginning in March.

Titled M5LV the series starts March 24 and runs 16 dates through April, July and August. Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at ticketmaster.com/maroon5vegas.

Levine has been at the center of a scandal in his marriage to Behati Prinsloo, a former Victoria’s Secret model. The couple is expecting their third child. Levine has admitted to sending “flirtatious” texts to social media influencer Sumner Stroh, who posted a TikTok video accusing Levine of having a yearlong affair with her. Sumner also claimed Levine had asked to name his upcoming child after Stroh.

In a statement on Instagram, Levine answered the charges with: “I used poor judgment in speaking with anyone other than my wife in ANY kind of flirtatious manner. I did not have an affair, nevertheless, I crossed the line during a regrettable period of my life. In certain instances it became inappropriate.” He said he and Prinsloo would work through the scandal.

The band is also among the headliners at The Event for the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation on Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden. Pitbull, Maren Morris and John Mulaney are also on the bill.

Maroon 5 is a frequent Las Vegas headliner, having performed New Year’s Eve shows at Mandalay Bay Events Center (now Michelob Ultra Arena) and, last year, the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan. The band has won three Grammy Awards, sold more than 90 million in album sales and 550 million singles worldwide.

Maroon 5 currently has the most billion-plus streamed songs by a group on Spotify, with seven: “Memories,” “Payphone,” “Maps,” “Sugar,” “She Will Be Loved,” “Animals” and “Moves Like Jagger.” They have sold over 7.5 million tickets worldwide.

The band will close out their 2022 World Tour in Asia, having sold out three Dome Tour dates in Japan, with 120,000 tickets sold. And by the time it opens at Park MGM, the Levine scandal might be far out of the news cycle. We expect the band hopes so.

Tesla to electrify HoB

Seasoned rockers Tesla have announced their first Las Vegas residency, five shows running March 17-25 at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Tickets are onsale 10 a.m. Saturday at teslatheband.com.

“Modern Day Cowboy,” “Hang Tough” and “Edison’s Medicine” are in the announced set list. Acoustic numbers “Signs” and “Love Songs” are also planned.

“We are very excited to be able to perform consecutive nights residing at the same venue because we plan to dig into our catalog and change up our set lists for each show,” Frank Hannon, the band’s lead guitarist, said in a statement. “This will make it interesting for our loyal fans who will attend in the spectacular city of Las Vegas.”

The band celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, and has been around far longer than the vehicle of the same name.

Waters’ date unchanged

Roger Waters’ Las Vegas tour date will go off, as scheduled, after the cancellation of the Pink Floyd co-founder’s concerts Poland.

Waters’ show Saturday at T-Mobile Arena has not moved. But his concerts in Tauron Arena in the Polish city of Kraków, where the musician was scheduled to perform twice next April, are off the books.

According to an Associated Press report, the city of Krakow cancelled the performances because of Waters’ sympathetic stance toward Russia in its war against Ukraine. A local councilman was quoted Monday as inviting the rock legend to visit Ukraine with him to witness the extent of Russian crimes.

Krakow Councilman Lukasz Wantuch said the city owns the arena where two of Waters’ concerts had been scheduled for April before being canceled. He said the city would not allow them being used for an artist spreading ideas objectionable to most people in Poland.

Waters has blamed NATO and Ukraine for the war. He wrote an open letter to Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska this month, blaming “extreme nationalists” in Ukraine for having “set your country on the path to this disastrous war.” He also criticized the West for supplying Ukraine with weapons, singling out Washington in particular.

“He doesn’t realize the truth,” Wantuch told The Associated Press. “He doesn’t understand what is going on in Ukraine.”

What Works In Vegas

Earl Turner, and David Perrico Pop Strings Orchestra, both at Myron’s at the Smith Center. Separate shows coming up, both sold out, headed up by two of the city’s finest.

Turner’s Wednesday night show, “Barry White, Babyface, Bruno and More,” is a tribute to all three greats. Turner is known as “The Ultimate Showman” for good reason. After Wednesday, he’s planning his first Christmas show, “Earl Turner & Friends: A Very Soulful Christmas,” which might be a bit early to plug a Christmas show, but we’re nuts with the holiday spirit.

Perrico’s band plays Myron’s on Saturday. This is mostly his Raiders House Band roster. They’re warming up for Sunday’s game at Allegiant Stadium with a night of ’70s classic rock. It’s the type of set list Raiders fans relish.

Cool Hang Alert

The Bobby Kingston Band kicks it up — kicks, I tell you! — from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Saddle N Spurs Saloon at 2333 N. Jones Blvd. Ste. 108 (southeast corner at Smoke Ranch Road). No cover, and karaoke goes from 11 p.m. until “late,” so hey, party.

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at jkatsilometes@reviewjournal.com. Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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