Adam Levine Hates On The Roxy On National TV, The Roxy Laughs Back
It seems Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine believes he and his band were long-meant for the star treatment, even back in their club-playing days on the Sunset Strip. On Monday night's episode of TV's "The Voice," Levine
ranted pouted about gigging as an opening act back in the day, and (OH THE HORROR) not having a dressing room. Consequently, Levine hates The Roxy Theatre.
As Yahoo! Music reports, Levine said on air, with audience laughter in response:
"We used to open for Michelle Branch," the Maroon 5 frontman grumbled, "and I remember we opened for her at the Roxy and they didn't even give us a dressing room. I hate the Roxy. I'll never play there again!"
Levine went on to interrupt the contestant he was critiquing to add: "The Roxy's horrible; don't ever go there. They screwed us over, and now they're paying for it."Ouch! Clearly this is an old wound that the singing show unfortunately re-opened.
So is The Roxy fuming? Nah, not so much. Roxy owner Nic Adler explained how it is for an up-and-coming band serving as an opening act:
"Maroon 5 played the Roxy at least five times," he said. "[Adam's previous band] Kara's Flowers played there like every weekend. I use Maroon 5 as an example of a hard-working band that played the Sunset Strip and played the clubs and blew up. And so when he said that...you know, the Roxy has no control over dressing rooms. If Michelle Branch is playing, it's Michelle Branch's show. And if her management says, 'I want Michelle in this dressing room and I want her band in this other dressing room,' we're at the mercy of the headliner. For a band to think dressing rooms define how we treat bands is crazy."
To show The Roxy has plenty of love for Levine, they also used their marquee to signal their feelings weren't hurt: "ADAM LEVINE YOUR DRESSING ROOM IS READY."
Photo courtesy The Roxy Theatre.
It's nice to see The Roxy take this dig in the national spotlight lightheartedly, and that they are keeping it classy. Certainly many bands over the years have taken great pride in being on a bill at The Roxy, whether or not that came with a room in which to drink warm beer and strum their instruments pre-show, and have appreciated what it did for their careers. Take note, Mr. Levine.