Winter struck Melbourne yesterday, but the rain and brisk winds didn’t stop rock and blues fans alike from venturing out to the hallowed Rod Laver Arena on a Tuesday night.
The reason for stepping out in the cold air? To see a man with a lot of, to quote, “early stuff” and “new stuff” that hasn’t stepped foot on Australian soil in four years – John Mayer.
The 36-year-old singer has been travelling the world on his Born and Raised World Tour. A tour that by mid-June would see him complete 85 shows in total across almost 12 months.
Whether you were a woman who loves the sound of sappy love songs, or a male who can only justify being at the show due to the wicked guitar solos, this concert was one that all audience members could agree was phenomenal.
John started off his performance with a guitar solo, which rolled into his first song of the night – “Belief”.
If you are a guitar solo enthusiast, then boy, this is the show for you. Most songs that John performed were introduced or finished off with thrilling guitar pieces, which were matched with bass, keyboard and drum elements. These moments put a strong rock and roll element into the star’s soulful tunes. Highlights of John’s amazing guitar skills included “Queen of California” and “Neon”.
John gave a short spiel before starting most of the songs, and mentioned his process of music production quite frequently, giving the audience a short but sweet insight into his way of thinking.
John also played the comedic card a couple of times throughout the show, throwing a few jokes in here and there. This worked in the favour of one (lucky) audience member in particular, who had a sign announcing she was 6 months pregnant. John referred back to her a couple of times, and offered to sign her sonogram pictures after the show.
For the other ten thousand or so audience members – John had them in the palm of his hand. The excitement of the crowd raged from the very beginning, with little to no effort needed to get everyone on their feet.
The good vibes continued throughout the show, as John performed hits such as “Free Fallin”, “Waiting on the World to Change” and “Half of My Heart”.
John addressed an almost-packed out arena and let his fans know many times that he was very appreciative of their continued support. He was humble and lovely spoken, and you could tell he was enjoying every second of his long and successful career. After his speech, he performed an electric performance of “Dear Marie” – which is a letter to a love in his past.
John finished the show by performing “Gravity”, which easily got the crowd roaring one last time. During this song, without being prompted, the crowd got out their phones, turned on flash and waved them about – creating a starry spectacle across the arena. The lights of the stage went dark and it was just John in a single spotlight. John told the audience “I love you” as he finished off an incredible show.
The only thing the was a little confusing about the concert was that John spent the whole show teasing a performance of his major hit “Your Body is a Wonderland”, leaving the audience thinking this would be his final jam. However, John never played this song – and we’ll never know why.
The Born and Raised tour is perfect for anyone who loves a bit of live music, but is looking to appreciate it on a larger scale. John Mayer is a fun, genuine performer, who will dance along with you (really!) and undoubtedly melt your heart.