For John Mayer’s Summer Tour he did things a little bit differently than usual. He had no opening act, took the stage “promptly at 7:30” (more like 10 to 8) and played 2 sets. He also had said that he’d be doing no repeats for shows where he was doing back-to-back nights but that turned out to not be completely true. But with 2 sets you’d be hearing more songs than usual and hopefully some songs that you haven’t heard in a while either. I ended up going to his show in Providence, RI which ended up being the day after my birthday! I picked out great seats in the last row of the lower level which was awesome because I had no stairs to deal with. While the two sets things seemed like a great idea, the intermission allowed people to wander around which resulted in my getting beer dumped on me by a moron who doesn’t know how to hold a can of beer AND take a photo with her friends. When the guy next to me called her out to apologize to me, she said it wasn’t her. Oh, ok! She also offered to give me the beer. No thanks, I’m not a beer fan and then had to smell like it for the rest of the evening and the 2 hour ride home. Yuck. I thought the setlist had a great mix of songs from all his albums and I was glad he included No Such Thing and Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, among others. I can do without his cover of “Free Fallin’” though. The crowd seemed to love it, but I’m pretty sure he has done it at nearly every show I have gone to and would have loved to hear something else instead. The crowd also seemed to love when he included a Grateful Dead song in the set – Fire on the Mountain. I loved him ending the set with New Light and the purple confetti. (One of the reasons I was bummed to sell my MSG tickets is that I think my seat for the Friday show would have been pelted with confetti – and I love me some confetti.)
I knew that my 500th concert was going to be coming up, but with adding and removing shows from my list I wasn’t exactly sure what was going to shake out to be #500. Turned out with the addition of the “Freestyle 90s” show the night before, John Mayer got the honor of being #500. For his “Search for Everything” tour he broke up the set into different chapters. The show kicked off with him doing a full set, then an acoustic set of just him and DRH, the JM Trio made its triumphant return to the stage for Chapter 3, then back to to full band, the encore and the epilogue. We had a chance to see the setlist that was “version 1” on the side of the stage – he only ended up changing one song. (And Why Georgia was spelled wrong on it, fyi.)
It had been quite some time since I had last seen John and I was really, really pumped for this show and he did not disappoint. Some other reviews have said that his voice didn’t sound the same, and I didn’t notice it in the moment, but listening back to the show that was posted on archive.org, there is a bit of a difference and it did seem like it took him a few songs to get warmed up. I did also see him spray his throat when he left the stage during the set changes in between the chapters.
I was hoping for more songs from the upcoming album release to be included in the set, but I guess he is holding them out for after the album was released – which I guess makes it a good thing that I am going to see him again in August. He did play a few of my favorites – Gravity and Vultures and Johnny B. Goode was the tour debut of that song, Im always trying to keep track by looking at upcoming concerts near me.
The highlight was probably when he talked to his central nervous system. As I had gotten no sleep the night before and wasn’t getting any sleep that night either I could totally relate. “Yeah, hi, central nervous system? I owe you… I owe you like a night of sleep. Listen, I’m not going to pay that tonight. What happens if I deal with that tomorrow? Oh, horrible day at work? Got it. Wish that I was dead for 12 hours? Good. Ok. That’s fine. Please don’t call me… please don’t call me ever again”
He also thanked us all for being “Mayer defenders” at some point in our life and mentioned that he didn’t know that he loved anything to want to sit that far back from it when thanking everyone for buying tickets, even if they weren’t the best seats because they couldn’t have said no and that they’d catch him another time, but they didn’t.
Headliner: John Mayer
Opener(s): Maroon 5, DJ Logic
Bigger Than My Body
Back To You
Come Back To Bed
Your Body Is A Wonderland
Inner City Blues
No Such Thing
I got to do a soundcheck party with John Mayer through his fan club for this show. I must have decided to only take photos during this and not during the actual show. This show was John and Maroon 5 co-headlining which I thought was awesome. I don’t remember much more about it and the pictures didn’t really jog my memory as I had hoped!
Monday night John Mayer returned to Bridgeport, CT where both he and I were born. He had played there once before but I had to miss it because I was in college and had a math class that night. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect at a hometown show – other than greatness of course.
Phillip Phillips once again opened and his set seemed to be very similar to when we saw him over the summer. The lady who danced through his whole set in Hartford was there too – still rocking out.
Then it was time for John! He came out and bowed to the crowd. The set started out almost the same as the summer show which was a bit of a disappointment – but I think I kind of hyped things up in my head that it was going to be amazing over the top and so I ended up letting myself down.
He said that he wrote in a speech before almost every song – which was totally ok with me because one of my major complaints from the summer show was that he didn’t talk enough. He talked about how he drove his girlfriend around Fairfield and showed her the house he grew up in and the gas station he used to work at. Talked about how there’s a thin line between pedophile and a guy just going to look at his old house. A lot about being home and how no matter where he goes it will always be home. He also played his guitar from when he was 19 that he bought here and was told by many that he wouldn’t make it.
Before the acoustic set, the band was getting ready to leave the stage and he called them back and said that they were going to jam to one more song and that we could handle it and they did Tom Petty’s You Don’t Know How It Feels.
For nearly the whole show the girls from the music school next to me were chanting “Katy, Katy” after every song. (Of course I pretended they were chanting for me) rumors were swirling that she was in town (and I guess she was since John said he was driving her around) and that she was going to join him for Who You Love. They must have sound checked it because a few of the people who work there had mentioned that she was going to sing with him. There was nothing I wanted less than for her to perform with him. (Well I also didn’t want to pay $15 for parking – and turns out it was $20!) I guess I was in the minority. But she never did show up on stage.
I LOVED the encore – he did Please Come Home For Christmas (I’m all about songs that you probably won’t hear otherwise… even more so if it’s a Christmas song) and my favorite – Gravity. And then the lights went on and everyone complained (except me) that Katy didn’t show up. There were people actually really, really pissed over it as we were walking to the car saying it was bad promotion for the single that she didn’t perform with him. (Except they were going to be debuting it on National Television the next morning so I am pretty sure that is even better promotion, no?)
I do wish that there were more older songs thrown in the set but it was better than the summer show which was probably my least favorite show of his that I had seen. But I think that John is changing and is more into the newer stuff than the older stuff, which is to be expected, but I’m more looking for the nostalgia of older stuff. But he said he was going to play his ass off for us and I would say that he did.
Queen Of California >
Lay Down Sally
Half Of My Heart
I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)
Something Like Olivia
Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
You Don’t Know How It Feels
Stop This Train [Acoustic] >
Homeward Bound [Tease] >
Your Body Is A Wonderland [Acoustic] Wildfire
Waitin’ On The Day
The Age Of Worry
Waiting On The World To Change
Please Come Home For Christmas >
Auld Lang Syne [Tease] Gravity >
Dreams To Remember [Tease]
Mayer is Back!!! For those of you not in the know – John had to take some time off because he had a granuloma on his vocal chord that needed to be dealt with. When he thought that he was ready to come back he scheduled a tour (to which I had tickets for 2 dates) and then had to cancel it because he was still having trouble and had to have more surgery. There were no guarantees that he would come back from the surgery so the fact that he has been doing this tour and has a new album coming out on the 20th is amazing news.
I was beyond excited for this show. I had been looking forward to it for months. But I tried not to hype it up too much because there was always a chance that he wasn’t going to be the same. I had checked out some setlists and picked out some songs that I was hoping I’d hear based on what he seemed to be playing (a good mix though, it seemed) and he did do just about all that I was hoping for. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Opening for the evening was American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. Now, normally I am beyond excited to see Idol contestants but I am *so over* Phillip Phillips. I’m glad he’s doing well but his songs are just so, so overplayed. His first song – I don’t know what it was, but it surely sounded like Dave Matthews to me. Then he did Gone second which I guess was cool. Get it out of the way early. When I was just about to tweet that I was still over him, he did a pretty cool cover of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. He ended the set with what seemed like a 10 minute rendition of Home. I loooved that song so much at first. Then Top 40 radio got their hands on it. Overall he seemed to have small pockets of the crowd incredibly entertained and dancing and like other Idol winners in the past, he has cornered the cougar market quite well for himself.
Then it was FINALLY time for John! Behind the band were these HUGE rocks. The sheet covering them was getting all hung up on it when the roadies were trying to take it off. John kicked off the evening with Queen of California – and he was back! He sounded just about the same to me and of course there was no difference in his playing. He went into a cover of Lay Down Sally next and then Paper Doll – which was followed up by Half of My Heart which I thought was interesting since he did Half of My Heart with Taylor Swift and Paper Doll is supposedly about her. Was that some sort of secret clue? Or am I reading too far into things? ha.
There was a definite mixture throughout the rest of the show and at times he completely seemed to lose EVERYONE. Usually I am the only one sitting to take a break but 3-4 times throughout the night I sat and then everyone in front of me did too and I could still see perfectly from my seat. Great for me, kind of weird for John I guess though. I got super excited about 2 notes in when I realized he was playing Vultures. He followed that up with an acoustic set where everything was black behind him and he did Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’. Then he said he’d do songs from signs and did 83 (or I think he said he’d do as much of it as he could, which was the majority of the song) and then he went in to Your Body is a Wonderland! I know he doesn’t do this one all the time but obviously I was very much looking forward to that one.
After they came back – it looked like the rocks were gone. I asked my friend and she said no they were real but I thought they now looked fake. Then they zoomed out on the screen so I guess they snuck the rocks out while we weren’t paying attention during the acoustic set. Waiting on the Day was a new song that he did based on a sign that a kid a couple rows in front of me was holding up. The kid was super, super excited about that. During Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad I got excited because “my car” was in the video montage of the highway for a couple of seconds!
For the encore he came back and did Gravity – which was another that I absolutely wanted to hear. He ended up playing I think roughly 9:15 to 11:45. I obviously could have stayed there all night, but you know he has a whole rest of the tour to do 😉 At the end they had “credits” for the production which was pretty neat with who did what for the tour.
Then the lights came on and another exciting night had come and gone. The only thing I will say I miss was that he seemed to cut back a bit on his joking/banter. When he did talk, it was a lot of thank you for sticking around which was to be expected. And to be honest I didn’t even realize that it was “missing” until we listened to the recording of the show that we went to in 2010 and started comparing. I’m not holding it against him at all but I figured it was worth noting.
Also worth noting – if you come to a concert and are proclaiming yourself “a huge John Mayer fan” PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not talk throughout his whole set defending WHY you are a huge fan and what CDs of his you have and what songs you want him to play. This conversation is much better left for in between the opener and John or on the ride to the show or before the show even started or hell, even on the way home you can discuss what you wanted to hear and didn’t. But not during John and so loudly that it is all the people around you will hear. I understand you also called yourself a huge douchebag – but you didn’t also need to prove WHY. We get that you’re a John fan because if not, well, you probably wouldn’t be at the show. So hush up and take it all in.
I’ll tell you this is definitely not what I wanted to read this afternoon:
Seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer has canceled his recently announced U.S. tour and will take an indefinite hiatus from live performing due to the return of the granuloma in his throat. Mayer was treated for the same condition and placed on extensive vocal reast in 2011. The 18-city tour was to be his first in the United States in two years.
I had tickets to 2 of his shows – in Providence, RI and Wallingford, CT for next month and I was very much so looking forward to his returning to the stage and the release of Born & Raised which will be coming out still as scheduled May 22. As upset as I am, I can not even begin to imagine how upset John is and I wish him a quick recovery (though not too quick) and am looking forward to seeing him live again whenever that might be. At least I will have the new album with new material to hold me over for a while.
Now I just hope that the refund process goes relatively painlessly. (Ideally, I’d like to be able to keep the tickets that came in the mail just 2 days ago, but we’ll see what the theaters process is for refunds and if they’d need to be sent back or not.)
Sorry it has taken me so long to get these photos posted! I’ve just been so busy!
Pat and the Trainettes!
John photos are under the cut!
This absolutely looks like one of the projects I worked on when I first started working as an engineer (the photo over the screen lol)
Pat and John sing Boys of Summer
Word was that doors would open at 6pm, but they didn’t open until 6:30. We decided to go in and wandered around for a bit when my cousins found me and we signed up to try and win upgraded tickets. Then we went off to buy merch. Which always takes forever with me at Mayer shows haha. Christine and I each got the “it’s been a long night in Hartford” shirt since we were there pretty much all afternoon and evening lol I got the generic summer tour poster (bummed they did not have a show specific one) a program and of course – Silly Bandz.
Then we bought frozen drinks and went to our seats even though I didn’t really want to see Train. I completely forgot to pick up the wristbands I had ordered for charity. Hopefully they can be mailed to me!
Trains set was LONG. I’m not sure exactly how long (40+ minutes I’d say) but it was a little bit too long for me. The last time I had seen Train was 10 years ago and I was growing impatient because Hanson would be on next. I had a similar feeling with this show, waiting for John! A lot of the crowd was very into them though, which was good. Pat even called a mother/daughter up on stage – they were in the row behind us dancing! They got to sing and dance on stage with him. If anyone knows who they are – I’d love to get in contact with them – I took a few photos of them that I would be more than happy to email to them as a keepsake.
Then about 9pm it was time for John! We were 7th row on David Ryan Harris’ side (yeahh nick jonas and the administration lol) which I thought was a pretty good spot. He started out with Bigger than My Body and then went into No Such Thing. I am much more familiar with the older stuff than Battle Studies. Don’t get me wrong, I looove Battle Studies, but for some reason I am just having a hard time retaining the lyrics lol So I was glad a lot of the set was older stuff.
At one point he went into a jam which turned into Ain’t No Sunshine which was phenomenal. A couple of times during one of the songs I was fascinated by the images going over the video on the screen behind him – lots of circuits and stuff. What can I say, I’m an engineer. I might have even taken a photo of it…
Another highlight was when he had Pat join him on stage for Boys of Summer. That was a really fun sing along. He also had us do a call and response here he named cities and girls and we’d yell back “We love ’em!” And once again he said my city 🙂 February was the first time I had ever heard him say it so I was excited that he mentioned it again!
And not mentioned in the official setlist – a couple had a sign that said they were engaged and he made up a pretty hilarious song about the couple. I kind of can’t wait to find a recording of the show just to hear that made up song again. There was a taper a couple of rows behind me so I am just patiently waiting for him to get that posted somewhere.
While the setlist might not show it – it was a LONG show. Lots of jamming and songs just went on and on and of course the occasional banter. He played for about 2 hours – I think it all ended about 11 and we were back at Christine’s by 11:30. Would have been even sooner than that if they could figure out an easier way to get the drunk idiots back to the parking lots in an organized fashion!
Photos coming soon – I just wanted to get this review out of the way before I forgot what happened!