In the encore, Mayers ode to lost childhood, Mayer led the audience back in time with tidbits of commercial jingles (anyone remember My Buddy?) and his own improv versions of such 80s pop standbys like Physical by Olivia Newton John. The low point of the evening came at what should have been its high point. Mayer cites Stevie Ray Vaughn as a major influences, and it shows in his guitar style and singing. However, Mayers unique style didnt translate well when he attempted to solo his way into stardom on solid songs like Neon. Mayer is a skilled and highly adaptive player, but at times the solos dragged the normally four minute songs into ten minute jams. Mayer had excellent interactions with the crowd, which more than made up for any solo noodeling. Each song was introduced like a prized child, explained and given context. The greatest thing about John Mayers live performance was this atmosphere of immediacy and contact with the artist. Mayers music is always easy to identify with. What person cant understand how Mayer feels on songs like My Stupid Mouth and Comfortable? However, it seemed that some people were disappointed with the mood of the show. The club itself is partly to blame for this disappointment. The pillars supporting the upper levels of the Quest Club obscure the view of the stage and greatly affect sound quality. The Quest was unbearably hot for the majority of the concert and that discomfort only served as a distraction to the music being made. Despite intangibles and situation, the John Mayer concert was an event not to be missed for fans of Mayers music, both long time and new. Long time fans of Mayer will recognize him as an artist not of the studio or of the arena, but as that guy that could play at your local coffee house. Mayers music is not meant to be an anthem to anyone, but rather a confession between friends. Mayer lets us into his life and shows us what he has on the inside, and for those few hours, we can all can find out that there really is no such thing as the real world and that just maybe, John Mayer is that singer-songwriter that has been missing from pop music since the 1970s.
For those wishing to understand why Mayer really could never honestly be a popstar, look for the re-release of his first and most personal album, Inside Wants Out, later this year.