A&M/Octone Artist Maroon 5 Announces Plans for 2007 ‘It Won’t Be Soon Before Long’ World Tour

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The tour is in support of their recently released sophomore album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, the second highest selling debut of the year according to Soundscan. The “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” tour will be presented by longtime partner Verizon and produced by Live Nation, who has partnered with the band to be their exclusive tour producer for future North American concert dates surrounding this album’s campaign. The band is also partnering with climate change organization Global Cool in order to make the massive production “carbon neutral.”

“We can’t wait to get out on the road and perform in arenas. This tour will have something for everyone, new and old fans alike, with our new music mixed with some of our earlier hits,” said frontman Adam Levine. “We’re also proud to be working with Global Cool to make the tour environmentally friendly. Our world is in a serious predicament right now, and we all need to play a role in reversing the catastrophic affects of global warming.”

Global Cool will work closely with Maroon 5’s production team, management and the boys themselves to reduce the carbon emissions produced by the world tour before offsetting the remaining emissions that cannot be reduced. For its part, Maroon 5 will donate $1.00 for each ticket purchased in North America to buy offsets that go towards making the tour “carbon neutral”.

Excitement for the tour announcement was generated by an online campaign devised by Live Nation in which fans submitted photos of themselves to be included on a limited edition tour poster. To date http://www.itwontbesoonbeforelong.com/ has received more than 2 million hits, an impressive number for a site that was launched a little over a week ago

It Won’t Be Soon Before Long is the follow-up to the band’s hugely successful debut Songs About Jane which sold 10 million albums world-wide. The new album has been breaking records since before its May 22nd release. It sold more pre-sale copies on iTunes than any other album in iTunes history. The single, video and album consecutively hit #1 on iTunes sales charts. The first single, “Makes Me Wonder” made the highest leap ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it jumped from #64 to #1. The band will soon release the second single from the album, “Wake Up Call.”

Maroon 5 is Adam Levine (vocals, guitar), James Valentine (guitar), Jesse Carmichael (keyboard), Mickey Madden (bass) and Matt Flynn (drums). Their debut album Songs about Jane earned the 2005 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, has been certified quadruple platinum in the U.S. and has reached gold or platinum status in over 35 countries. The album has sold over ten million units worldwide. In 2006 the group earned another Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for a live recording of their international hit single “This Love.” Their second studio album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, was released on May 22nd on A&M/Octone Records. Known for their commitment to the environment, Maroon 5 was honored at the 2006 Environmental Media Awards. For more information on Maroon 5, please visit http://www.maroon5.com/.

Live Nation is the world’s largest live music company. Our mission is to inspire passion for live music around the world. We are the largest promoter of live concerts in the world, the second-largest entertainment venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. We create superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay. Globally, we own, operate, have booking rights for and/or have an equity interest in more than 160 venues, including House of Blues(R) and Fillmore(R) music venues and prestigious locations such as Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Wembley Arena. Our websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment/event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. In addition, we also produce, promote or host theatrical, specialized motor sports and other live entertainment events. In 2006, we connected nearly 60 million fans with their favorite performers at approximately 26,000 events in 18 countries around the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.”

                   "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" Tour
                           North American Dates

  Sep. 29           Detroit, MI            Palace of Auburn Hills
  Oct. 1            St. Paul, MN           Xcel Energy Center
  Oct. 2            Rosemont, IL           Allstate Arena
  Oct. 4            Toronto, ON            Air Canada Centre
  Oct. 5            Cleveland, OH          Quicken Loans Arena
  Oct. 7            Columbus, OH           Nationwide Arena
  Oct. 8            Charlottesville, VA    John Paul Jones Arena
  Oct. 10           New York, NY           Madison Square Garden
  Oct. 12           Uncasville, CT         Mohegan Sun Arena
  Oct. 13           Philadelphia, PA       Wachovia Spectrum
  Oct. 15           Boston, MA             TD Bank North Garden
  Oct. 16           Washington, DC         Verizon Center
  Oct. 18           Columbia, SC           Colonial Center
  Oct. 20           Sunrise, FL            Bank Atlantic Center
  Oct. 21           St. Petersburg, FL     St. Petersburg Times Forum
  Oct. 23           Orlando, FL            Amway Arena
  Oct. 24           Duluth, GA             The Arena at Gwinett Civic Center
  Oct. 26           Houston, TX            Toyota Center
  Oct. 27           Ft. Worth, TX          Ft. Worth Convention Center
  Oct. 29           Denver, CO             Pepsi Center
  Oct. 31           Salt Lake City, UT     Energy Solutions Arena
  Nov. 2            Portland, OR           Memorial Coliseum
  Nov. 3            Vancouver, BC          Pacific Coliseum
  Nov. 5            Sacramento, CA         ARCO Arena
  Nov. 6            San Jose, CA           HP Pavilion
  Nov. 8            Los Angeles, CA        Staples Center
  Nov. 9            San Diego, CA          TBD
  Nov. 10           Las Vegas, NV          The Pearl

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