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Summertime is when most big music acts decide to go on tour, and everyone from Lady Gaga to Justin Bieber have hit the road this year. But with several tours being cut short, Maroon 5 is hoping to buck the trend with a televised tour kick-off show.
The three-time Grammy Award-winning band is promoting their latest album Hands All Over and tour with a live broadcast of a special show in New York City. Fuse Presents: Maroon 5 Live From the Beacon Theatre will air Tuesday, July 27 at 9 p.m. on Fuse.
After the kick-off concert the band will embark on a nationwide tour through October. One stop not on the tour? Arizona. In a surprisingly political move, frontman Adam Levine says the group will skip the state in reaction to the passing of its controversial immigration law, which goes into effect on July 29.
Politics aside, can a TV special help the band avoid the 2010 summer tour curse? Big names like Rihanna have downsized their dates due to lackluster ticket sales, and Christina Aguilera canceled her summer tour altogether. It isn't just solo artists who taking a hit -- both Lilith Fair and the American Idol tour are suffering from slumping ticket sales and cancellations.
So, are fans unable to shell out big bucks to see their favorite artists live, or is this summer's heatwave keeping everyone indoors? With ticket prices around $50, maybe Maroon 5 will be one of the few acts to hit the road without scaling back.
Fuse Presents: Maroon 5 Live From the Beacon Theatre airs Tuesday July 27 at 9pm on Fuse.
Pat Sandora is iVillage's Staff Producer. Follow him on Twitter: @PatSandora