It was a lovefest for Adam Levine and the Tel Aviv crowd on Monday night, with the Maroon 5 lead singer raving about his reception by the estimated 55,000 concert-goers.
“Oh man, hello Tel Aviv! I want to hear you!” called Levine to the crowd after opening the show with the 2010 hit “Moves Like Jagger.”
“I can’t even describe to you how excited we are tonight,” said Levine.
“I’ve never been in Tel Aviv and Israel and I have to tell you, this place is amazing. You’ve welcomed us with open arms.”
Levine played his electric guitar on “This Love,” a 2004 song, and kept the crowd singing when as the band moved on to “Stereo Hearts,” telling the audience that most of them hadn’t been born when Maroon 5 came out with its first album, 20 years earlier.
The band’s playlist for the night was a review of the last 20 years’ hits, including “What Lovers Do,” “Animals,” “One More Night,” “Payphone” and “Wait.”
Levine even pulled onstage a Tel Aviv busker, Carol Bismuth, whom he had spied performing on the boardwalk from his Dan Hotel room balcony a few days earlier.
Bismuth sang “Sunday Morning” with the band.
The singer has been posting on Instagram since he arrived in Israel over the weekend, sharing posts written by adoring Israeli fans as well as his outfit for Monday night’s show (“Textures,” he wrote, showing off his black-and-white striped button-down shirt overlaid with a denim jacket”).
One of Levine’s final posts prior to the show was “HOLY FUCKING COW” followed by grateful hand emojis, hearts and #TELAVIV,” at the sight of the crowd at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park.
The Los Angeles pop band will perform again Tuesday night at the same venue.