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July 14, 2008

More on the John Mayer show

john mayerFor me, John Mayer's show was worth the long, wet slog from the parking lot to the will call line and (finally) into the pavilion.

For the kids on the lawn, I'm not so sure. It was raining something fierce for quite some time. But if you were under the canopy, you were golden.

Mayer tore through an hour and 15 minute set of his own hits and all kinds of covers like "Panama" by Van Halen and "Free Falling" by Tom Petty.

Mayer's a really accomplished blues guitarist for his age. Last night, he turned loose some fiery solos on songs like "Gravity." Here's my official review.

But Mayer's got a pretty twisted sense of humor, too ...

At one point, he saw a girl with a sign that read "I'll be legal in two years" and read it to the crowd. Then he said, "Well, I'm a pervert now!"

I'm cringing just typing that one out. Hee hee. I wonder if he's ever told Jennifer Aniston his horrible Angelina Jolie joke (careful, it's PG-13).

"This is how I bring you back from that disgusting joke -- with this piece of stagecraft," he said, and started playing "No Such Thing." It was like you'd flipped a switch, and all the tweens and parents went from horrified to infatuated. Bam!

Mayer was wearing this white sleeveless T-shirt, so you could see his many tattoos and handsomely toned biceps. Then, during the encore, he ripped the shirt off and launched into "Panama."

I don't think all the kids there recognized the song, but as soon as they saw the shirtless Mayer, they shrieked like only kids can. My eardrums almost bled.

Good show, all in all. Wait, scratch that. Great show. Mayer really did put on a great show.   

(AP file photo) 


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:01 PM | | Comments (4)
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Everybody keeps saying how bad they felt for people on the lawn. You haven't been to a concert an appreciated the atmosphere until you have been stuck in the rain in order to enjoy music for a few hours.

Your description of the concert sounded like the worst experience I could ever imagine. Sitting in the rain with a bunch of screaming tweens listening to pop-jazz and attempting Van Halen songs. And he only played for 1hr 15min? Even low budget crappy movies at least last 1hr 30 min. Seems like a waste of money to me.

i'm not familiar with anything he sings besides the wonderland song that came out a few years ago, but he seems like the kind of guy you could drink a beer with at ledbetters.

i would drink a beer and smoke a [censored] talkin with this guy for hours...BUT WHEN THE FUDGE ARE YOU GOING TO PLAY NEW ORLEANS ?!?!?!? WE ARE ALIVE DOWN HERE BUDDY...RAGE CAN PLAY...RUSH CAN PLAY...THE SAINTS AND HORNETS CAN PLAY...FREAKIN CELINE DION, BEYONCE, JAY-Z, KANYE.....WHY NOT JM???????? GIVE US A SHOW [dar]NIT!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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