Maroon 5 Biography
Maroon 5 is a Grammy Award winning rock band from Los Angeles, California, and has won several awards for their debut album Songs About Jane. Released in June 2002, the album enjoyed major chart success, going gold, platinum, and triple platinum in many countries around the world. Their follow-up acoustic album 1.22.03.Acoustic, which features live, unplugged versions of Songs About Jane, has also reached platinum status. The group won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2005. In the fall of 2005 they released a live record called Live - Friday The 13th which was recorded on May 13, 2005 in Santa Barbara, California and has earned them another Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2006.
Maroon 5 has constantly been on tour since they formed. After the release of the album in mid-2002, the band toured with Michelle Branch and Nikka Costa. In early summer 2003, they toured with Graham Colton, John Mayer, and Counting Crows. In August 2005, the band toured with The Rolling Stones. Others they have toured alongside include Gavin DeGraw, Matchbox Twenty, Sugar Ray, Phantom Planet, The Like, Simon Dawes, Jason Mraz, The Thrills, Thirsty Merc, Marc Broussard, The Donnas, and Guster. Maroon 5 also played Live 8 in Philadelphia in 2005, and their set included a cover of Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World". Also at Live 8, frontman Levine performed with one of his heroes, and the closing act, Stevie Wonder.
On May 13, 2005, in Santa Barbara, California, the band wrapped up the Honda Civic Tour, which they headlined.
In the song, "Harder to Breathe", parts of the lyrics could be interpreted by some as misogynistic. After accusing his lover of being "condescending and unnecessarily critical," the lead singer threatens, "I have a tendency of getting very physical/So watch your step, 'cause if I do you'll need a miracle." He seems to be implying that he will physically strike the woman to whom he is speaking. Though it has been said before by Adam Levine that the song was written in response to the record company pressuring the band into writing more material because none of the tracks were singles.