The disguised band took commuters by surprise with a cover of Queen
Maroon 5 and Jimmy Fallon performed on the New York City subway while disguised as bearded buskers.
The Adam Levine-fronted band’s sixth studio album ‘Red Pill Blues’ was released earlier this month. In promotion of their latest release, they joined Jimmy Fallon in an undercover online clip for The Tonight Show.
Kitted-out in caps, shades and flannel shirts, Levine and guitarist James Valentine hit the platform to treat unsuspecting commuters to a cover of Queen’s ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’.
Fallon provided a tambourine beat and a dose of harmonica, while Valentine played acoustic guitar.
Commuters soon descended as Levine and co unmasked themselves for a stripped-back version of hit ‘Sugar’, in which Fallon unleashed some questionable falsetto. Check out the clip above.
Early this month, Maroon 5 responded to speculation that the title of their new album is a reference to an alt-right movement. “Red pill” is associated with the men’s rights movement and a moment of “re-awakening” surrounding anti-feminist ideas. The band explained that they were referencing The Matrix and didn’t understand “the whole men’s rights thing”.
“We’re like, ‘Oh man, of course, like 2017 is the worst,’” he added of the moment they discovered its alternative meaning. “We were talking about The Matrix – do you take the red pill or the blue pill? And the fact that seeing the world for what it is in 2017 can be kind of rough.”
Last year, Maroon 5 cancelled shows in North Carolina after the state passed an anti-LGBT law that forces transgender people to use the public bathroom of their sex at birth.