Monday, July 1, 2013

Maroon 5 and backstage on the 'Today Show'

A couple of weeks ago a friend invited me to see Maroon 5 play at Rockefeller Center as part of the 'Today Show' concert series.  We were lucky enough to have VIP tickets, which meant that we avoided the huge queue of people waiting to see the band.  We still had to arrive by 6.15am, but many of the crowd had been camping out overnight to secure their spot!

Trying to get a glimpse of Maroon 5 during the sound check
Unfortunately the weather wasn't great and we had to wait around in the rain for a couple of hours until it was time for Maroon 5 to play.  The band did a sound check before the performance and the crowd went crazy when Adam Levine arrived on stage.  Then the 'Today Show' cast came out and said hello to the crowd before doing a brief interview with Adam.  Maroon 5 sang three songs and everyone was dancing and singing along.  I managed to get a few glimpses of the band on stage, but I was a bit disappointed that they didn't interact much with the crowd.  That said, it was great fun and we enjoyed the show.

Maroon 5 during the performance
However, the best part of the morning came after the concert, as included in the VIP ticket was a backstage tour of the 'Today Show'.  We met with out guide, who worked on the show, and she took us onto the set during filming.  It was very exciting the see the cast and crew in action and observe the process of taping a live show.  The studio is much smaller than it appears on TV and everyone works in very close proximity to each other.  

We were then shown the kitchen and weather studios, the green room and finally the main control room.  One wall of this room was full of monitors showing various shots of the Today Show as well as other NBC programming.  Staring at the screens were rows of people all wearing headsets with direct contact to the live show we had just seen being taped.  I had seen rooms like this on TV, but as you can imagine, it was much more impressive to be there in person.

I had a great time at the 'Today Show' and while I'm not sure if I will be getting up at the crack of dawn for the concerts in the future, getting a tour of the show was certainly a memorable experience. 

A different artist or band plays every Friday morning throughout the summer and each performance is free.  The full line up for summer 2013 can be found at http://www.today.com/toyotaconcertseries/fun-chris-brown-one-direction-headline-today-2013-summer-concerts-6C9690371


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