Posted On 24 Apr 2017
On Friday, April 21st, Columbia Records multiple-winning Grammy artist John Mayer jammed his heart out for over two hours at the LA venue The Forum.
He truly is at home on stage and effortlessly strums his various guitars to his will. At times his fingers seem to move at lightning speed and other times, he lightly taps the strings. There is no denying that Mayer is a guitar virtuoso. His voice also must be mentioned. The singer-songwriter’s vocals have only improved since he first burst onto the music scene in 2001 with his debut album “Room For Squares.”
The show was divided into 6 musical chapters. In each chapter, 4-6 different songs were played and the scenery and colors on stage changed.
First up was Chapter 1, which was entitled, Full Band. John was joined on stage by yes, a full band including two back-up singers. They all delighted the sold-out venue with a perfect combination of new and old songs off all 7 of his studio albums. During this chapter, they played “Belief”, “Who Says,” and his newest single “Love On The Weekend.” The LA skyline covered the backdrop screen and he continued to tell the crowd how much he loved Los Angeles and that it was the perfect place for ‘hungover brunches to talk about yourself and heartbreak’.
Chapter 2 was Acoustic and in this section, John played an intimate set alone on stage. He appropriately sang his song about not going to LA called “In Your Atmosphere” and several other newer numbers off his recent release, “The Search For Everything.” He also performed his well-know rendition of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin.”
Chapter 3 was all about the John Mayer Trio. The crowd roared when John introduced the trio made up of John of course, bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan. It was no surprise to see them play together again since the trio was apparently together in the studio for almost all of the songs to create John’s most recent collection. They dazzled the crowd with their hits like a cover of Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads”, “Vultures” and “Jam.”
Chapter 4 was called Full Band Reprise. The crowd was eager to see the entire band back on stage with John. They played “Changing”, “Queen of California,” “Why Georgia”, “Waiting On The World To Change” and “Still Feel Like Your Man.” At one point, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams was welcomed on stage to sing “Come Pick Me Up” with Mayer. The crowd truly enjoyed and went wild when the two musicians played guitars side by side. This section was wrapped up with an impressive mash-up of John’s hit song “Gravity” with Otis Redding’s classic “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember.”
The night ended with Chapter 5, the Epilogue which just consisted of one song. Mayer sat at a gorgeous white grand piano in the middle of the stage along with a sole violinist. Together, they performed the beautiful “You’re Going to Live Forever In Me.”
Throughout the show, John kept thanking LA and more importantly, thanking his fans for sticking with him through the years and supporting his music. It’s very clear that the charming John Mayer has mastered the art of touring. His band, set list, stage presence and more were absolutely spot on. He is a true musician and this is one tour not to miss.
John will be on his The Search For Everything World Tour until September so there will be plenty of opportunities to see him live!