A John Mayer live performance is often one half guitar grasp class, one half remedy session and one half standup comedy set, and his hourlong efficiency on the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, Calif., on Wednesday evening was no exception.
Below, 5 highlights from a superbly Mayer-esque evening — together with a brand-new tune demo'd reside in entrance of the fortunate crowd.
Mayer debuted a brand-new tune known as "I Guess I Just Feel Like" on the iHeartRadio Theater Stage — one which he solely completed writing backstage on the venue ("It's by no means been performed, as I simply wrote it"). The strummy, confessional tune was excellent for the intimate crowd, who held on each lyric. "If I am going blind I'll nonetheless discover my method/ I assume I simply felt like giving up at this time," Mayer sings to finish the considerate tune (which you’ll hear in full beneath). "Thank you for listening to that new tune — which is decidedly not a success, let me simply say," Mayer stated after the efficiency. "There's nothing hit-like about it. But typically you've simply obtained to inform the reality with a guitar after which you may get again to enjoying some hit songs."
If you weren't already conscious that John Mayer has a Sunday evening Instagram Live speak present known as Current Mood, you may need seen the headlines over the previous few days about his candid intercourse speak from this previous weekend's episode. Mayer instructed the iHeart crowd that he has a easy imaginative and prescient for the weekly present. "It's some bizarre model of Mister Rogers for hungover adults," he laughed.
Probably not anytime quickly, as a result of Mayer has a brand new philosophy behind releasing music. "I put out 'New Light,' and I'm like, 'I'm going to place out a complete document like "New Light,"' he says of his sudden May hit. "And months go by … and also you hear new music, you are feeling new issues, the world goes a unique method. And you then go, 'Oh, I wish to do a unique document.' So I feel what I'm doing now are songs as an alternative of information. I don't know that I’ve the flexibility to do 12 of the identical factor and you then guys don't see me for a yr after which I come again with 12 songs, take it or go away it. I feel I'd prefer to put songs out like motion pictures — however a bit sooner than individuals put motion pictures out."
New Love for an Old Song
Mayer — who shall be honored with Billboard's Legend of Live award at subsequent month's Billboard Live Music Summit — has a newfound appreciation for his No. 1 Adult Pop Songs hit "Daughters," which received tune of the yr on the 2005 Grammys. "Songs have a life span," he defined. "They go up and down, they get cool, they get uncool. A tune is cool when it's new, it's lame when it's not, after which, it both turns into one thing necessary or it simply doesn't. And this tune was cool after I wrote it, hated it for awhile, and now it has returned to me like an outdated pal I don't choose anymore and go, 'Hello, outdated pal! It's you once more.'"
And an Accidental Taylor Swift Reference
As Mayer described his songwriting course of for "New Light," he stumbled into an unintentional reference to ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift, and the mix-up allowed followers to listen to his fast tackle Swift's 2017 album. "And then I began occupied with, like, fame," Mayer started, with a fan shortly screaming "woo!" from the gang. "Not the album," he clarified to laughs. "But it's a superb piece of labor."
John Mayer's set record on the iHeartRadio Theater:
Love on the Weekend
Waiting on the World to Change
I Guess I Just Feel Like
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
Your Body Is a Wonderland
Moving On and Getting Over