Forget the party in the hills or the lines at H’wood clubs. Head to Vegas, baby, where Maroon 5 leads the pack of NYE superstars on the strip.
All about Adam! This NYE, follow the big lights to Vegas, where Adam Levine and Maroon 5 will be counting down to the new year at Mandalay Bay.
Every holiday is a cause for celebration in Vegas, but with its unadulterated glamour and late-night decadence, New Year’s Eve just might be the holiday best suited to the city that never sleeps.
“I personally can’t think of a more appropriate place to be on New Year’s Eve than Vegas,” says Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine, 37. In keeping with Valentine’s thinking, nearly six months ago he and his bandmates—lead singer Adam Levine, bassist Mickey Madden, keyboardists Jesse Carmichael and PJ Morton, and drummer Matt Flynn—announced their plans to play two shows at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, December 30 and 31, making this the fourth consecutive year the LA-based super band has opted to ring in the new year in Las Vegas.
For Maroon 5, the shows will be a fitting finale to a banner year that opened with a live performance of their Oscar nominated song “Lost Stars” at the 2015 Academy Awards and continued with a massive tour across Europe, Asia, and Australia in support of their record-breaking fifth album, V. “We still love touring and going to those faraway places,” Valentine says. “It’s such a trip to be on the other side of the planet and have people singing back to us.”
Still, come New Year’s Eve, Vegas is their go-to destination, thanks to the city’s proximity to their hometown of Los Angeles. “Celebrating in Vegas has become this awesome tradition kind of by accident, and now we can’t imagine not being there on New Year’s Eve,” Valentine says. “We’re able to get all our friends from LA to join us, and at the after party for last year’s show, David Copperfield even came out with us. That was a very Vegas moment—I don’t think we’ll ever forget it.”
This year their entourage will include Valentine’s close friends in the LA-based indie pop band Phases, who are set to open both shows, but he’s quick to imply there’ll be even more surprises on-stage. “Every New Year’s Eve, we’ve done something special,” he says. “Who knows? Maybe we’ll even get David Copperfield up there!” December 30–31. From $99. Mandalay Bay Events Center, 877-632-7400; ticketmaster.com