FLAKING OUT ON ADAM LEVINE, 2003
Maroon 5 came into the conference room and played acoustic, a couple of songs. This is before anybody knew who they were. I liked the music a lot, and started talking to the band afterward, especially Adam Levine.
Finally, [Levine] said, “Look, we’re not playing anywhere tonight, but I want to see the town a little bit. You wanna get some beers, hang out, and you could show me Chicago?”
So he gave me his cell-phone number. I said, “Yeah, I’ll give you a call later. We’ll party later.” He said, “Cool, looking forward to it, because I don’t know anybody here.”
I did my afternoon show, and went back to my apartment. I just was like, “God, I’m just tired. I’ll just take a nap.” I fell asleep and never called him.
Six months later, I was watching the MTV Movie Awards with some Q101–ers. All of a sudden that “Harder to Breathe” song comes on. I go, “God, this song is awesome, who is this again?” I think it was [air personality] Jim Lynam who said, “Maroon 5. Remember? They came in six months ago, and the singer wanted to be your best friend, and you blew him off? Now he’s the biggest thing ever, and he’s banging Brazilian supermodels and you could have had his leftovers.”—Sludge, on-air 1999–2005