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Byron Bay Bluesfest

BYRON BAY BLUESFEST was a blast.  I didn't really expect anything different after all that I'd heard about it, but it was a lot of fun to experience for myself.  I was a little worried it'd be quieter, given that it was a Thursday and the opening day, but that certainly wasn't an issue.  By the time John went on at 10:15pm the Mojo tent was standing-room only and packed to capacity, with people spilling out the sides and the back of the big top.  The atmosphere was fantastic and John and the band sounded awesome.  They played a wide variety of John's songs with some classic blues tunes thrown in.  Below you can see the entire set list.

After a couple of days on Australia's beautiful Gold Coast we've traveled a bit inland to Deniliquin to headline the first day of the DENI BLUES & ROOTS EASTER FESTIVAL. It took some driving to get here today, but it was cool seeing some of the Australia countryside from the ground as opposed to 10,000 in the air. Even saw a group of kangaroos along the way (which I learned is called a mob).  Well, I'm 90% sure they were kangaroos. Either way I'm checking it off the list of goals to accomplish while here. Hope to see you tonight in Deniquilin!

Set from BYRON BAY BLUESFEST:

QUEEN OF CALIFORNIA
WILDFIRE
NO SUCH THING
WHY GEORGIA
WAITING ON THE DAY
WHO SAYS
GOING DOWN THE ROAD FEELING BAD
SLOW DANCING IN A BURNING ROOM
AND IT STONED ME
HALF OF MY HEART
I DON'T TRUST MYSELF
DEAR MARIE
EDGE OF DESIRE
WAITING ON THE WORLD TO CHANGE
GRAVITY

Adelaide Entertainment Center

Set list from John's show at the Adelaide Entertainment Center:

QUEEN OF CALIFORNIA
PAPER DOLL
WHO SAYS
I DON'T TRUST MYSELF
SPEAK FOR ME
HALF OF MY HEART
GOING DOWN THE ROAD FEELING BAD
SLOW DANCING IN A BURNING ROOM
STOP THIS TRAIN
FREE FALLING
WILDFIRE
AND IT STONED ME
IF I EVER GET AROUND TO LIVING
WAITING ON THE WORLD TO CHANGE
WHY GEORGIA
DEAR MARIE
XO
GRAVITY

Meet the Band // Doug Pettibone, Guitarist

An interview given by guitarist Doug Pettibone at the end of the 2013 run.

PN: You play a lot of instruments every night. What do you play on stage regularly?

Doug: I bring out about twenty different string instruments when I play with John. One of my hobbies is collecting vintage guitars. When I was ten years old my friend’s dad sold me a 1952 Les Paul for $50, and I’ve been collecting ever since. A lot of collectors keep their instruments in glass cases, but I like to play mine so I bring some out on tour with me. I have about ten electrics, three acoustics, a couple of mandolins, two electric lap steels, two 1920’s Hawaiian acoustic lap steels and a pedal steel. Since our set list changes every night, I get to use all of my guitars.

Was learning a variety of instruments something you set out to do one day, or did it simply happen organically?

It was definitely something I set out to do. I noticed that a few of my friends who played guitar started to branch out and learn mandolin and steel. These guys were getting all the calls for work so I decided I needed to do this for survival.

Which was the toughest instrument to get a grasp of?

The pedal steel has to be the number one most difficult instrument to play. There is so much going on with your feet, knees, hands and brain. I guess its like trying to fly a helicopter. I love this instrument so much because it has such an expressive vocal quality. I am constantly working on it and learning something new every day.

How did you get involved with this tour, and what was the experience like?

I was recommend by John’s producer Don Was who I’d worked with on other records. The experience has been a blast! It’s like going to the ultimate music/guitar camp, because John really encourages us to push our own musical boundaries. I look forward to our sound checks when we try new versions of songs or see how different instruments can affect the arrangement of the song.

You're finishing up your own album right? What can you tell me about it?

My record, “Gone," is finished! It’s a bunch of songs I wrote in the last year, and I have multi -Grammy award-winning artist Lucinda Williams and guitarist Bill Frisell on a few tracks. You can get it on iTunes and all the other online stores. I hope everyone who reads this will buy it!

Now that John is on a pause from touring for a few months, what are your plans?

I’ve been touring solid for ten months so ’m going to enjoy a little down time. I have booked some solo shows around California, and I will do some recording for other artists that should keep me busy until we hit the road in April.

West Coast Blues n Roots Festival

Had to say goodbye to hot and sunny Perth yesterday to travel to warm and sunny Adelaide.  This run got started off on a great foot with the performance at the WEST COAST BLUES N ROOTS FESTIVAL on Sunday evening.  It was impossible to tell that John and the band hadn't been touring together for the past three months.  The songs and the grooves sounded and felt the exact same as where they left off in December.  Not a moment of discomfort or uncertainty for anyone.  Going to be really exciting to watch it all continue to grow over the next couple of weeks.

Tonight we're at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals opening the show at 7:00pm.

Set list from the festival in Fremantle:

QUEEN OF CALIFORNIA
WILDFIRE
NO SUCH THING
PAPER DOLL
WHO SAYS
GOING DOWN THE ROAD FEELING BAD---→
SLOW DANCING IN A BURNING ROOM
AND IT STONED ME
HALF OF MY HEART
I DON'T TRUST MYSELF
DEAR MARIE
AGE OF WORRY
WAITING ON THE WORLD
GRAVITY

Back at It!

Good morning (or evening I suppose, depending on which hemisphere you happen to be in) from Western Australia! It took a day of traveling but we're all finally here in Perth.  And when I say a day, I mean an entire day. With the time change I missed April 9 completely--sorry if that happens to be your birthday, I'll try to catch the day next year.  The flight was smooth and comfortable and it was good having a couple days to work past the jet lag. It's also been nice having a few hours to see some of the city and stroll along the water.

We're only hours away from WEST COAST BLUES N ROOTS FESTIVAL in nearby Fremantle, and after yesterday's rehearsal I'm excited to see everyone back on stage again.  Don't want to say too much, but it was cool to get a peak of some of the things John and the band are putting together for this run.  It's still early here, but hopefully I'll see everyone out at the festival this afternoon!

-PN

International Spring Tour

John hits the road again this spring with dates in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Scandinavia. Dates below and full details and ticket links at johnmayer.com/tour. Hope to see you on the road!

  • April 13 – Fremantle, Australia
  • April 15 – Adelaide, Australia
  • April 17 – Byron Bay, Australia
  • April 19 – Deniliquin, Australia
  • April 22 – Melbourne, Australia
  • April 24 – Sydney, Australia
  • April 26 – Auckland, New Zealand
  • April 30 – Osaka, Japan
  • May 2 – Tokyo, Japan
  • May 3 – Tokyo, Japan
  • May 6 – Seoul, Korea
  • June 9 – London, UK
  • June 12 – Johanneshov, Sweden
  • June 14 – Oslo, Norway
  • June 15 – Bergen, Norway
  • June 17 – Indre By, Denmark
  • June 18 – Odense, Denmark

 

Click here for tickets to all shows.

Barclays Center 12-17-13

The tour came to a spectacular end last night in Brooklyn.  As I'm sure you've heard, the night was full of surprise appearances.  After debuting the amazing "Who You Love" music video on GOOD MORNING AMERICA Katy Perry joined John on stage at the Barclays Center for the first ever live performance of the song.  John and Katy were backed by the band and an added horn section and it really sounded beautiful.

After that, it was Phillip Phillips' turn to sit in on the second encore song. He helped to sing "Please Come Home for Christmas" while goofing off with everyone onstage and pretending to fan himself over John's phenomenal guitar solo.  With Christmas trees adorning the video wall, the whole song was enjoyable to watch.

"Gravitywas the final song of the night and John ended it in spectacular fashion, holding his signature guitar high in the air before throwing it on the ground and finishing his final solo.  The perfect ending to the show and the tour.  Even though I've seen him do that a handful of times over the past couple of months, it never ceases to astound me.

It's hard to believe but that ends our touring for 2013.  We started in late June, and I honestly couldn't tell you if that seems like a really long or a really short time ago.  Either way, I want to thank you all for following along this year and for coming out to the shows, whether during the summer or winter.  It was an amazing tour and I feel lucky to have been a part of it.

See you Down Under in April.

Full set list from Brooklyn:

Queen of California
Half of My Heart
I Don't Trust Myself
Why Georgia
Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey-->Who Says
Speak for Me
You don't Know How it Feels
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
Drifting Blues-->Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967
Wildfire
Something Like Olivia
Waiting on the World to Change
If I Ever Get Around to Living
Age of Worry
Dear Marie
Who You Love
Please Come Home for Christmas
Gravity

Webster Bank Arena 12-16-13

I don't think there's anything like a playing your hometown, and the sold-out crowd in Bridgeport, CT certainly made sure that John and the band felt at home.  With everyone from family friends to former grade school teachers in attendance, it was easy to see that this was a special night for John.  Even though  it was the penultimate show of the year, they played every song like it was the last concert of the tour.

Here's the set list:

Queen of California
Lay Down Sally
Half of My Heart
I Don't Trust Myself
Why Georgia
Who Says
Something Like Olivia
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
You Don't Know How it Feels
Stop this Train
Your Body is a Wonderland
Wildfire
Vultures
Waiting on the Day
Age of Worry
Waiting on the World to Change
Dear Marie
Please Come Home for Christmas
Gravity