The early part of this week did not bode well for Adam Levine.
The Maroon 5 lead singer, whose fame catapulted as a judge on NBC’s “The Voice,” was losing his own. He was apologetic in several shows, and even cut one short because of his throat.
But Levine was back in gear with rapid-fire lyrics and high notes Friday night at the i wireless Center in Moline.
The sellout crowd of 10,500 saw the undeniably charismatic singer plow his way through 14 songs with full power.
And backed by a stagewide, floor-to-ceiling video board, it was a visual treat to match. Dressed in all-white, as were the rest of the band, Levine struck first with “Payphone,” with rapper-collaborator Wiz Khalifa making an on-screen appearance.
And just when one was thinking it was nothing more than “The Adam Levine Show,” the other four band members frequently get equal space on the screen.
With little between-song patter, Levine bounded about the
M-shaped stage frequently, and crossed over a bridge, dropped down from the ceiling, at the beginning of the encore, singing “Stereo Hearts,” “Daylight” and “She Will Be Loved,” before capping the night with the biggest audience response of all.
Even a few album cuts from the band’s fourth studio album “Overexposed,” released in June, were met with cheers and singalongs.
The visuals in the show continue the proof that concert technology and creativity continue to grow. Besides a stellar-looking video screen, a colorful laser show was part of theatrics. Both of the opening acts used projection on the white curtain at the front of the stage, also quite effective.
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Neon Trees, the Provo, Utah.-based band, dashed off a seven-song, 30-minute set that included its hits “Animal” and “Everybody Talks,” as well as a cover of the Human League’s 32-year-old hit “Don’t You Want Me,” effectively handled by Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn and drummer Elaine Bradley.
Glenn presented bass player Brendan Campbell, who was born and spent his first 10 years in Davenport, for some recognition from fans.
Owl City, a one-man studio creation of Adam Young, opened the show, with four musicians added to the sound. The hyper-energetic Young was seemingly constantly in motion, flailing his arms when he wasn’t singing.
Owl City’s hit “Fireflies” was illustrated by the cellphone lights of the crowd, and the band’s half-hour set concluded with “Good Time,” its hit duet with Carly Rae Jepsen.
It seemed rare Friday night at the i wireless. Fans from preteens to those in their 60s swayed and sang together throughout the night, all drawn by a rarity in the arena: a hot, current pop-rock band.