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Saw John Mayer last night

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  1. Johnny Danger

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    The Dallas show. I bought tickets the day they came out. Awesome seat. Middle front section on the back row. Close enough to really see the band, but not so close to the speakers that blast you out. It would have been nice to be closer, but still...

    So I could say lots of controversial things, but seeing as how this is a Strat forum, I'll stick to Strats. He played the Silver Sky on the majority of the songs he played electric on. And yes, it sounded great. Then he pulled out the Fender for "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" and it legit sounded like magic compared to the SS. And yeah, that probably had a lot to do with the amp and pedals used for that specific tune, but even on the clean tones that Fender just had this magic, warm, rounded sort of sound. The SS has this very direct, clear, tight sound. Still amazing, but totally different from the Fender.

    Anyway, he also played this big hollowbody with humbuckers and STILL sounded like John Mayer on something like a Strat. So there is that.

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    Not much a fan of his albums but I really enjoyed seeing him live.
     
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    I've never listened to his albums; the only solo work of his that I'm familiar with are his pop hits that you hear on the radio, and those aren't really my bag. But I saw him with Dead and Co. a couple years ago. I was skeptical, but I was blown away. He was outstanding. Not a fan of his voice, but he is a monster guitarist. Hopefully he's made enough with his pop stuff that he'll leave that behind and stick to the good stuff he does.
     
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    Would love to see him live. Continuum is my favorite album of his but I admit I am not very familiar with many of his others. No doubt the guy is a top notch guitar player heavily influenced by the blues.
     
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    The only Mayer album I have is his live album, and even then I have to skip the first 6 or 7 songs, though it is nice that he lumped all the pop stuff together to make it easy to bypass. I'd love to see his show, but I'd probably show up a little late to miss the pop set.
     
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    That format isn’t a regular thing.
     
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    For a long time, I only liked that live in la album and continuum. Recently, I’ve gotten into born and raised and paradise valley. Both really good. A little more singer song writerish in a 70’s Clapton sort of way. Good, low key songs, with great guitar work.
     
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    Nice to see John get a little love around here instead of the usual bashing ! The guy is talented !
     
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    I like his pop songs. Meh.
     
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    I like most any john mayer trio stuff I ever heard.
    Ain't heard him with the dead...yet
    And some of his pop stuff is ok to me but some I'd just as soon leave alone
     
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    I have continuum. I couldn’t get into it. Never listened to the whole thing.
     
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    John Mayer Trio was great, and the Black Strat! I always loved the sound of it... Not so much the Silver (yawn) Sky...
     
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    The reason he does his "pop" stuff and isn't just touring doing blues rock stuff is because he has exactly zero to prove to anyone.
     
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    Is Steve Jordan touring with him???
    Personally, I like Mayer, particularly the Trio stuff and his live recordings. Would see him live if given the opportunity.
     
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    I’m going to see him here in the UK next month.

    OP, what sort of songs is he doing and who is in the band?

    Thanks!
     
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    I don't understand the Mayer hate to be fair, I really dig all the albums I've got by him, Continuum being my favorite. Great singer, great song writer and great guitarist :)
     
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    His own work is what it is, people like it or hate it.

    But as a player, one just has to take a brief look at his blues playing and his job as Dead and Company's lead guitarist to figure out the kickass musician he can be.

    P.S. Fender > Silver Sky. I never had a doubt.
     
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    Pino still tours with him, but Aarron Sterling is the drummer for this tour. He's toured and recorded with John off and on since 2010-ish I think. Great drummer. Really enjoyed his playing. The whole band is crazy tight and the wall of sound is a beautiful, lush thing for your ears to grab on to.
     
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    In addition to Pino and Aaron mentioned above, Isaiah Sharkey and David Ryan Harris are also playing guitar. DRH is also a phenomenal singer and does some backup work as well.

    Here is someone else's video from the Dallas show:



    As far as set list, he changes it up for every show, but he is pulling from every album. If you go to his instagram page, he puts up a few pictures from each show and the last picture is a shot of the set list. That will give you a good idea of what to expect.
     
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    I saw him earlier this year at Budokan. He put on a great show. Ed Sheeran was in town that day and came out to play a few songs.
    I took this video from nose-bleed seats, but thankfully I had a good zoom on my camera.
     
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