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Opinion: Is John Mayer Any Good Live?

First, I would like to point out that I have never seen John Mayer live. My brother has. My friends mother apparently has. I was sent an email this morning from @barryjhansen containing a short review that his mother wrote in regards to a recent Mayer concert at the Comcast Theater in Hartford, CT. Despite previous reports that he is great live, this opinion wasn’t quite so positive.

I was looking so forward to his concert because I love his voice! He is a great musician/guitar player too. What was lacking was his willingness to play for his fans!
John Mayer only played 3 to 4 recognizable songs from his CD”s. The rest of the time he jammed with the band and highlighted his guitar playing-We know he is a great guitarist, but what made him famous is his songs. I was disappointed that he did not play more favorites like. “Your Body is a Wonderland” his claim to fame! “Daughters” “Georgia” “Heartbreak warfare” What did I buy a ticket for? TRAIN was really good!

Now we want to know what you think. Have you seen John Mayer live? If so was it great? Did you agree with the above opinion? Please let us know your thoughts on this important topic. Are bands playing live for their fans or for themselves?

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  • Comment by Jeremy posted August 13, 2010 at 13:18

    The setlist for the show in CT is posted here.

    In addition to playing “Heartbreak Warfare” he played “No Such Thing,” “Clarity,” “Gravity,” “Waiting on the World to Change” and “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room.” Certainly recognizable–maybe not by name, but the sound is genuine Mayer.

    It’s a show I really wish I got to go to and that setlist would have satisfied me. Though, the night before he did a cover of “Free Fallin’” in Boston according to and that would have been great.

  • Comment by LJC posted August 13, 2010 at 14:59

    I totally disagree with the opinion posted. I saw JM live the night before the Hartford show (Mansfield/Boston). We was amazing! He played all hit songs and added a couple of bonus cover songs (free fallin, raspberry beret, and aint no sunshine). He played waiting on the world to change, why georgia, and your body is a wonderland. Check out the tour section of his website. It has every show he’s played listed and the set list he played there. (just click on the locations ) He did actually play waiting on the world… in hartford, Ct, as well as half of my heart which is all over the radio right now. JM is one of the hardest working guys in the music industry right now. He really puts himself out there for his fans. He’s constantly twittering, blogging, and playing free on ustream. He allows taping and video at his shows (check out youtube for hundreds of videos from his tour this summer, including hartford). I thought he was amazing live, but you can decide for yourself by checking out youtube!

  • Comment by Ari posted September 01, 2010 at 14:34

    I saw JM twice this summer and had two completely different experiences:

    1) Camden Susquehanna Bank- Lawn seats
    Overall the set list was poorly picked. He opened the set with some killer high power songs like vultures and left the end of the set with a bunch of downer. His encore was Edge of Desire, a boring song not to mention that his vocals were flat for the ENTIRE song.
    Also, its a known fact, he talks WAYYY to much on stage. He was having conversations about people and drugs to the point where he pulls out a xanax on stage and crushes it.

    2) Hershey Park- 5th Row
    After the rain postponed the initial show date I was a little worried he wasn’t going to care that much for this date. Boy was I wrong, he blew me away. His guitar playing, amazing… Vocals on key the entire time. Overall crowd vibe was killer. He worked the crowd, added No Such Thing into the set list. The best part was that he didn’t talk that much at all. He had a few of his jams but nothing excessive.

    What was interesting was that after his huge talk about drugs in Camden and the recent press about him and marijuana… It looked like he was hitting a vaporizer behind his amplifier between songs.

    All in all, this tour is promoting his worst album released. He even admits it. When listening to the album first I found myself asking if JM could open or close any set with a song off this album and I really was not sure. Let’s hope him getting back together with Jenifer Aniston will give him some good inspiration for good songs (Although Assasin, is an amazing song).

  • Comment by Ciarankeys posted December 10, 2010 at 03:12

    I do agree with you on this article, although I read from another blog something different from what you are saying.

  • Comment by jorge posted August 28, 2011 at 17:29

    I think John Mayer is amazing live! He sounds just like he does on his CDs and when I went to his concert he sang songs that I knew from his CDs.