When Maroon 5 decided it was time to expand their already substantial fanbase, they looked to the West.
The band spent some time with superproducer du jour Kanye West in New York's Hit Factory studios on April 30 to create a hip-hop remix of their smash single, "This Love." The second single off Maroon 5's debut, Songs About Jane, which had already fallen on receptive ears in the pop and rock audiences, will be aimed at a more street-savvy crowd when the remix is serviced to urban radio outlets at the end of the month.
While West was putting the finishing touches on the remix, Maroon 5 were in the studio Tuesday recording the song "Woman," for inclusion on the soundtrack to "Spider-Man 2." Alongside M5's unreleased cut, the soundtrack, due June 22, boasts contributions from Jet, Hoobastank and Yellowcard (see "Hoobastank, Jet, Yellowcard Spin Songs For 'Spider-Man 2' Soundtrack").
Maroon 5 are expected to release their third single, "She Will Be Loved," on June 8. A video for the song is also projected, though the band is still perusing treatments by a host of directors. Regardless of the clip, singer Adam Levine sees big things for the mellow, piano-driven ballad.
"When I wrote the lyrics to the song — after [guitarist] James [Valentine] and I jammed on what eventually turned into the song — I said to myself, 'Wow, that's a big deal,' " he said. "That's going to be a huge song. If I'm not completely insane or delusional, that's going to be the biggest song that I ever wrote in my life."
Maroon 5 are making the radio-festival rounds until the end of the month, when they'll take off for Europe to open a handful of shows for Lenny Kravitz. They'll return to the States in mid-June for the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. Around that time, a limited-edition eight-song EP should be available. The track list is still being discussed, but it should contain B-sides, live cuts and at least one cover, presumably one of the many that pepper their live shows, including AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" and Prince's "Darling Nikki."
The band joins John Mayer on tour July 2.
Maroon 5 tour dates, according to their publicist:
- 5/13 - Santa Clara, CA @ Santa Clara University
- 5/14 - Chula Vista, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
- 5/15 - Pasadena, CA @ Rose Bowl
- 5/16 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto
- 5/17 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
- 5/21 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
- 5/22 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
- 6/13 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
- 6/23 - Del Mar, CA @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
- 7/2 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
- 7/3 - Detroit Lakes, MN @ 10,000 Lakes Festival
- 7/6 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
- 7/7 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
- 7/8 - West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
- 7/10 - Ridgefield, WA @ Amphitheater at Clark County
- 7/11 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
- 7/13 - Lake Tahoe, NV @ Harvey's Lake Tahoe Outdoor Amphitheatre
- 7/14 - Marysville, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
- 7/16 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
- 7/17 - Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
- 7/18 - Chula Vista, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
- 7/20 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
- 7/21 - Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
- 7/23 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Centre
- 7/24 - The Woodlands, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
- 7/25 - Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
- 7/27 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
- 7/28 - Maryland Heights, MO @ UMB Bank Pavilion
- 7/30 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
- 7/31 - Columbus, OH @ Germain Amphitheater
- 8/1 - Tinley Park, IL @ Tweeter Center
- 8/3 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
- 8/4 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
- 8/6 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
- 8/7 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
- 8/8 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
- 8/10 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Six Flags P.A.C.
- 8/11 - Scranton, PA @ Ford Pavilion at Montage Mountain
- 8/13 - Burgettstown, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake
- 8/14 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
- 8/15 - Hartford, CT @ ctnow.com Meadows Music
- 8/17 - Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
- 8/18 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater
- 8/20 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
- 8/21 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
For a full-length feature on Maroon 5, check out "Maroon 5: A Room Of Their Own."
And for a feature on Kanye West, see "Kanye West: Kanplicated."