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Maroon 5 to open Grammys with 'This Love'

Twice-nominated band also poised to begin 35-city tour
/ Source: The Associated Press

Neo-soul rock band Maroon 5 will perform the opening musical number at next month’s Grammy Awards.

“It’s going to be awesome,” lead singer Adam Levine said Thursday. “We’re going to do ‘This Love’ unless they change it up on us and say, OK, ‘Superfreak.”’

Maroon 5 has earned two Grammy nominations for its debut album, “Songs About Jane,” which has sold more than eight million copies since its June 2002 release and was the seventh best-selling album in 2004. The Grammies are televised Feb. 13.

The band was also recently announced as the headliner on the 35-city Honda Civic Tour that begins March 11 in Los Angeles. Levine said the environmentally conscious group initially was reluctant to sign on with a corporate sponsor, but became enthusiastic because of the automaker’s hybrid car.

“It’s really very personal and I don’t feel any shame,” he said. “We’re not going to have to tattoo Honda on our forehead.”

Other bands scheduled to appear on the tour include Phantom Planet, the Donnas and the Thrills.