“Music is fun. Music is cool. Music is nice. Thank you, everyone, for being here,” The Maine’s lead singer John O’Callaghan told the audience midway through the band’s show in Columbus, Ohio, on April 7th.
Last year The Maine released their eighth studio album, XOXO: From Love & Anxiety In Real Time. Headlining the XOXO Tour, they came back to perform at The Newport Music Hall for the first time since 2018. The house lights went out as The Maine took the stage, and “Sweet Caroline” served as a prelude to their first song of the night, “Sticky,” from their most recent album and referenced the Neil Diamond classic.
The 18-song setlist included a range of songs from the band’s discography, including “Am I Pretty?”, “Bad Behavior,” and “We All Roll Along,” a fan favorite from their debut album. A highlight of the night was when the band brought a fan who was there with her daughter on stage who wanted to sing “Right Girl” with them. The band has developed an environment where people can come together and create memories because of their shared passion for music through the 8213 (what The Maine’s fans are known as) community.
The XOXO Tour, which ends on April 30th with a show in their home state of Arizona, keeps The Maine’s calendar filled throughout April. For a complete tour schedule, visit The Maine’s website.