Thursday, May 30, 2024

New Maroon 5 Video Has Lots of Celebs (Ellen, JLo, Gal Gadot, Cardi B) But Not the Face of Guitarist James Valentine


Are there other members of Maroon 5 besides Adam Levine? According to their new video, not really. I never knew their names so I looked up the guitarist who plays all those catchy riffs on their radio friendly singles. His name is James Valentine.

In the new Maroon 5 video, you see him right at the beginning– just his guitar, hands, and ends of his long hair. But not his face. You do see Adam, a ton of celebs, and Levine’s model wife and child.

I think of Maroon 5 like the Three Dog Night of modern music– capable pop, a little impersonal, but supermarket ready. And I guess the other members, whoever they are, dig the paycheck. But maybe they’d like to be seen, too, one day.

PS My favorite Adam Levine songs were from the movie “Begin Again.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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