During his gig at the Marcus Amphitheater last night, John Mayer showed his audience multiple aspects of his personality and talent, from down-to-earth acoustic pop musician to enviably gifted blues guitarist to full-on rocker.
Even though the evening started off with a few short but heavy downpours, the venue was very well attended – just short of packed – with enthusiastic Mayer fans ranging from teens to the parents of teens.
Mayer acknowledged his cheering fans multiple times, seeming to be truly grateful for their appreciation of his music and their loyalty despite the fact he has not toured in a year.
"I know you’re not just here to hear the hits … You’re all here to see what I’ve been up to," he said.
Mayer, whose left arm is now adorned with an entire tattoo "sleeve," wore jeans and a black T-shirt which was stained with sweat by the fifth song – a testament to his energetic delivery. He played Fender electric guitars, occasionally switching to an acoustic Martin.
Mayer opened with "Bigger Than My Body," and went on to play – with the accompaniment of a seven-piece band – "Stitched Up" (which features Herbie Hancock on the studio recording), "I Don’t Trust Myself," "Crossroads" (an Eric Clapton cover), "Wheel," "Good Love Is On the Way," "Mercy," "Belief," "Vultures," "No Such Thing," "Why Georgia," "Waiting On the World To Change" and "Gravity."
He saved his latest single, "Say (What You Need To Say)" for his encore.
During the mellower, acoustic numbers, Mayer was breathy and melodic, the way he sounded when he started his career, but other tunes represented the harder, more experienced Blues rocker that Mayer has become.
Interestingly, Mayer commented on the unusual facial expressions he makes when he’s performing. (He often looks like he's making an exaggerated frowny face when he's deeply immersed in a song.)
"You all know I make stupid faces when I perform," he said. "It’s been…Read more...