In recent years, John Mayer has been a victim of his own ‘Stupid Mouth’ and has generated publicity that kept the gossip columns and the Paparazzi’s cameras in rapid fire. I must admit, my thoughts were that the young up and coming artist that I really dug in 2002, let the whole ‘fame thing’ take him away from what he was born to do. I did write him off as a lost soul that sold out to the masses and succumbed to the wicked ways of the rock star. But after the evening of May 30, 2010, John Mayer redeemed himself…. big time.
It’s a concert with no fireworks, no acrobatics not even a video wall. The only costume change was when John took his jacket off. Quite simply, it was a concert that was about music and musicianship.
Mayer is right in the hotspot of his career, now with an astounding catalog of music that any songwriter would envy.
His song selection for the night (In my opinion) get’s an 8.5 out of 10. I would have really loved to hear ‘Your Body is a Wonderland’, which would have sent the female 2 thirds of the audience into a frenzy. Even from a man’s point of view, it’s simply a damn good song. A real ‘left of field’ song to play would have been the instrumental rendition of Human Nature that he performed at Michael Jackson’s funeral, one haunting yet beautiful performance. But to be fair, Mayer’s at the point now where no ‘one concert’ could possible have every song on one playlist that all would want to hear.
Setlist courtesy of setlist.fm
30 May 2010, København Danmark
2. No Such Thing
4. Waiting on the World to Change
5. Perfectly Lonely
6. Stop this Train / My Stupid Mouth / Comfortable / Free Falling
7. Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
9. I’m Gonna Find Another You > Friends, Lovers, or Nothing
10. Who Says
11. Heartbreak Warfare
12. Half Of My Heart > Don’t Stop Believing (Journey cover)
13. Why Georgia
15. Bigger Than My Body
The highlight for me, was when Mayer was alone on stage with his guitar for his 5 minute medley (Even though the band was simply amazing). This is ‘him’ as I first remember from those Napster sourced bootleg recordings that captured his live magic. The only real negative point I can make, is the audio setup was not great, even the sweetspot near the mixing booth was a disappointment. I can see that the Forum may not be the best venue for acoustics, but I would have expected that with the technology today, something could have been done. I can only borrow a few of John’s words, “Somethings missing, and I don’t know how to fix it.”.
It was a concert that truly celebrated music. A live band that could only be described as world class, supporting a man who has the well rounded talents as a songwriter, performer, guitarist, damn good lead guitarist and a signature voice. It was great to see that to sell out a concert, music and musicianship still delivers, and that the absence of theatrics were not missed.
A special thanks to Tina, who though of me when the ticket was made available.
Below is a documentary video from the wrap up of the 2010 US Tour, from the official John Mayer channel on YouTube.