How Maroon 5 Became Rock’s Most Annoying Band

He was not the first to make this argument. So maybe that was Levine’s way of trying to claim the higher moral and artistic ground that got under the skin of other musicians. “Just because you claim to have moves like Jagger doesn’t mean you’re close to ROCKING like Jagger,” Slipknot’s Corey Taylor tweeted. “Tell that asshole back to The f**king’ Voice”.

Levine didn’t pay much attention to these criticisms and last year came back to the same thesis about rock and its redundancy. “It’s funny, when Maroon 5’s first album came out, there were still other bands. I feel like there are no more bands, you know? That’s what makes me a little sad is that there were only bands,” he told Apple Music’s Zane Low.

Levine added, “There’s no more bands, and I feel like they’re a dying breed. And so I’m kind of, in a weird way, to the extent that …I mean, there’s still a lot of bands, and maybe they’re not in the limelight as much, or in the pop spotlight, but I wish there were have more of those around him.

This time the response was more muted. However, he was soon back in the line of fire. Late last year, when a fan ran up on stage to hug Levine in Los Angeles, his reaction was to coldly shoulder him and allow a security guard to take him away. He then swore, winced while pretending to wipe it, and knocked his microphone over.

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