When I sat down to write this review, my intention was to write it in 99-words. Unfortunately, John Mayer’s concert deserved more than ninety-nine words, although it may not be for the reasons you think. Because of that, I am now obligated to present the 376- word Review: John Mayer in Concert.

John Mayer’s fans are now a varied bunch. There are the rabid college fans, the older and wiser blues aficionados and most recently, the insatiable “fans” that mostly know Mayer for his continued plights on TMZ and twitter, than the amazing-ness that is Continuum and Room For Squares. This phenomenon explains why his Calgary show was filled the who’s who of Plenty of Fish rejects and far too easy cougars and skanks. Apparently it doesn’t matter how trashy you’ve become, if you are famous, women will still be interested. (Males please take note.)

For true fans of the must of John Mayer, his ravenous appetite for the tabloid-life has become increasing disheartening. You only need only to listen to John Mayer’s latest CD Battle Studies, to know that things simply aren’t like they used to be. And unfortunately, this was all too evident at Mayer’s show in Calgary on Saturday night. The two-hour concert can only be described as unmemorable and ultimately, disappointing. Actually, it is more complicated than that. The concert was great. Really, it was. But two weeks from now, I’ll struggle to remember it and there in lies the disappointment. That’s what happens when you don’t personalize your show. For real John Mayer fans, it quickly became evident that he was just going through the motions. We might expect this with Britney or Lady Gaga, but Mayer has proven himself to be interesting, funny and very thought provoking. Sadly, Calgarians witnessed none of this. Instead, we got a very cookie-cutter set. Asides from shouting “Calgary” every few songs, the concert could have been performed anywhere and anytime. This is not the John Mayer experience that so many had hoped for.

When I got home from the concert, I started re-listening to some of my favorite John Mayer songs. They’ve always been great and are easily the most played in my Itunes library. But if I’m being honest, listening to them live or in my living room, there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference anymore. I used to think this was a good thing, but I always held Mayer on a little bit of a higher pedestal. Saturday night concert reminded me, he’ll have to be taken down a step, or two.

Mike Morrison

One Comment

  1. >Yes you are right…I could have just bought a concert DVD and saved myself the cost of the show ticket and hotel room. I've never seen him in concert before but I do have all the CD's. It would take a lot of convincing for me to go to another one of his concerts…I just felt the whole thing was nothing specail. Unmemorable…yes. Concert, what concert?

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