Cricket Wireless-Chula Vista, CA
This was the last California stop for John Mayer and the openers Brett and Colbie Caillat. The stage was set with what looked like street lights near the back of the stage. When the lights went down and the crowd shrieked incredibly loudly. I think I need a new set of ear drums from the damage caused by the shrieking women!
The first thing everyone noticed as John Mayer waltzed on stage was the lack of hair on his head. I was wondering if John took part in the charity “event/dare” that was going with Kevin Rose of Digg.com. He was asked to cut his hair for charity and it turned into a game of tag. If you were “it” you were asked to shave your hair. Anyways, back to John. John looks as great as he did before shaving it all off. He brought up his lack of hair near the end of the show, saying to the crowd: “People are telling me I look just as good before the haircut.” We all laughed because we know John knows how good looking he is, so in the end none of this really matters.
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He started with “Vultures” and went into “Waiting for the World to Change.” It wasn’t long into the set when John’s humor started to show as he cracked jokes between songs. He really is a funny guy.
I was pleasantly surprised at his cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Falling.” It was acoustic with no percussion and was very mellow. I kept anticipating the full band to chime in but they never did. It was a great arrangement of a classic.
John commented how people reviewing or covering his shows tend to write things that he didn’t want them to write, but he doesn’t care now and requested that what I am about to write be in 172 font IMPACT, so we are going to try…Not sure if this blog is big enough for the font. We might have a scaling problem.
Moving on from the talk about all of the beautiful ladies in the house, John was really on this particular night. I am talking about his guitar playing. At one point he dropped to the floor and played his guitar with so much fury. You could see him concentrating, trying to make every note be felt by the audience. I actually believe John hasn’t gotten married yet because he is already married to his guitar and is having a flourishing relationship that spawned 3 children (Room for Squares, Heavier Things, Continuum). He plucks the strings as if he were making love to his Fender every night. Whether or not you drool over John, or you think he is just another pop act, there is no denying that he is one of the greatest guitar players of the new generation.
The night was very entertaining! With his antics and the humor he brought onstage, I know I speak for many when I say: “I can’t wait to have John Mayer back in San Diego.”
* Waiting on the World to Change
* No Such Thing into Why Georgia
* Taking On Water
* I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)
* Free Falling
* Who Did You Think I Was
* Bigger Than My Body
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