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blog by Kathryn Przybyla  • 

There are not many concerts during the summer when you might be as jazzed about the supporting acts are you are about the headlining band.

This is one of those shows. Three incredible sets for the price of one cannot be beat and WNY will get to experience it next week when the Honda Civic Tour comes to town.

You can catch Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson and Tony Lucca at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (Sept. 4) at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the show range from $25.50 to $99.50 and can be purchased through Livenation.

Maroon 5’s latest album “Overexposed” was released in 2012 and the interesting title is kind of an inside joke among those involved. With a wave of success that has catapulted Maroon 5 into legendary status the single “Moves Like Jagger” (which topped the charts in 18 countries) and Levine’s time spent on NBC’s “The Voice,” it’s a fitting title.

“It’s like, ‘We get it—we’re overexposed,’” Levine said in an interview. “We’re just trying to preemptively go where the conversation is headed anyway. We figured we’d get there first.”

There might have been some push back at first, since the Maroon 5 we are listening to today is a lot different sounding than the “Songs About Jane” Maroon 5 we were first introduced to. But Levine think’s that’s ok. He even mentions how the Rolling Stones have been relevant for decades because they have adapted and changed their music with the times.

“I feel like we’ve been standing on the edge of a cliff for a long time,” he said in an interview.

“We’re a band that’s always been close to being full-on pop, but that’s rooted in a lot of other things: rock, soul, funk, the list goes on. Overexposed is the first time we’ve ever completely embraced the idea of making pop music—of making songs for the radio. We just said, ‘Let’s not be afraid to do what we basically are.”


With Kelly Clarkson as a supporting act—it’s clear she could headline this tour herself—WNY is treated to a double feature of incredible talent and pop sounds.

We were first introduced to the singer when she won the inaugural season of American Idol (way back in 2002) and her career has only been increasingly successful since then.

“When I auditioned, my apartment in Los Angeles had recently burned down and I had a box of photographs to my name,” Clarkson said in an interview. “I figured I’d get to sing and make some money to pay the bills. Nobody thought that show was going to be what it is now.”

Fast forward to 2013 and Clarkson is still going strong—or “Stronger” I should say.

Clarkson’s “Greatest Hits: Chapter One” album was released in 2012 and it just goes to show how many incredible hits she has so far. “Miss Independent,” “Since U Been Gone,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” “Breakaway” and more are all highlighted.

This is one of those shows your won’t want to miss. To learn more about the Honda Civic Tour, check out their website for behind-the-scenes videos, photos and more.


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TAGGED: concerts, darien lake, kelly clarkson, maroon 5, tony lucca

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