Monday, March 29, 2010

If you want more love, why don't you say so?

John Mayer was in town last week.

Stacie, my childhood bestie and long-time John Mayer concert buddy, recently moved back to California from Texas.

So, off to the concert we went!

Stacie drove up that afternoon from her new place in San Diego, and we played with Em a bit before heading out to my in-laws' for the toddler switcheroo. (Left Em with them, and Brent picked her up from there on his way home from work.)

We grabbed a quick bite and headed to the show, where we met up with an online pal and HUGE John Mayer fan, Tameka. While we were having a ball chatting with her and her friend, I heard a nearby hesitant inquiry... "Nanette?" 'Twas another online pal, Adriana, and her group of friends, including one of my Twitter pals! Group introductions were made, and Tameka told the super sweet story of her tweet from John Mayer. Nothing like an adoring crowd of fangirls to appreciate the gravity of said tweet. (The big Mayer fans will get my intentional pun in that last sentence.)

We heard the opening act start, and we said our good-byes and left to find our seats.

Did I mention that Stacie and I had floor seats in the 7th row?

I knew our seats were gonna be good, but as we approached the seats, which were on the inner aisle, not on the outer aisle, like I anticipated, I knew I could die a happy woman.

All my pics of John were zoomed in, but here's a good representation of my view during the opening act -- Michael Franti & Spearhead.
My view of the stage

Really enjoyed the opening act. Loved that he ran into the crowds at various points, and he was super energetic.

Then it was John's turn.

(Some of these pics were taken by Stacie. I can't find my point-and-shoot... AGAIN. Staples won't let you take anything with a detachable lens in, as I understand it, so I left my big camera at home and borrowed my neighbor's camera.)

Was born in the arms of imaginary friends

It's hard to beat the system when we're standing at a distance

My dear we're slow dancing in a burnin room

Lightning strike, inside my chest to keep me up at night

And yes, there were the "faces," but we love those "faces."
Is there anyone who ever remembers changing their mind from the paint on a sign?

Watch my face as I pretend to feel no pain, pain, pain

I don't care enough about how awful I look in this pic to not post it, because seriously, LOOK HOW CLOSE WE WERE! :::insert squeals here:::
Look how close we were!

See his setlist here. I would've loved to have heard 3x5 or Wheel, as I always hope for, but overall I was pleased with his selections. I was so happy to hear Assassin, my favorite off his new album. Took a little while for this album to grow on me, unlike Continuum, which I loved from the first note I heard. However, I'm lovin' it now.

I always have the best times at John's shows. (Yes, we're on a first name basis. After a dozen-plus shows, I claim that right.) His next tour can't come soon enough!

P.S. Can I tell you how sad I was to learn that Jamie Cullum's tour stop in LA was THE SAME NIGHT? Gah! He's another of my all-time favorite performers, and the Concert Gods frowned upon me! I missed some of this.

"You get in, you get done and then you get gone. You never leave a trace, or show your face, you get gone." - John Mayer, Assassin


  1. Your pics of the night complete with guitar face bring my happiness about that night full circle!

    I'm so glad we got the chance to meet up and that I was able to share the epic story of my tweet to an appreciative audience!

    I was so glad he performed Assassin and Perfectly Lonely which I didn't expect to hear. Concert novice that I am, I never even thought to look at his set list. I also loved hearing Half of My Heart live as well.

    Next tour, I am so there, and I'm sitting where you're sitting! :-)

  2. Michael Franti opening for John Mayer- interesting combo. I like them both but seems an odd pairing.

    Glad you had fun!

  3. Your seats were awesome! Ahh, how I would love to go see John Mayer. He is SUCH a tool but man can he sing.

  4. I'm so jealous! I would've LOVED to have gone. I tried to get tickets, but I suck when it comes to Ticketbastard! Oy!

    He is gorgeous! So glad to hear that he played Assassin. It's my favorite too! Love it!

  5. What a fun night!

  6. Glad that you had a fun girl's night. And I don't know what you are talking about, you look absolutely glowing in that pic.

  7. It was so great to meet you! And to meet Tameka, too!

    Love that you had such great seats - I think it's so funny that we all were in different locations in Staples and it lead to completely different experiences... For us, Michael Franti's set was so loud that it was hard to enjoy... and Tameka missed out on some of the weirdo backgrounds. Crazy.

    Next time, operation bring dSLR will be in full effect!

  8. wow those pictures are amazing, love how close you were, that's the best way to be at any concert, haha. and man i feel like such a slacker john fan because i have yet to hear his new album. i just need to own it already since i own all his other ones. oy.

  9. i got the pun, even though i'm the opposite of a john mayer fan :P

    glad you guys had fun!

  10. i was 8th row center... right behind you ;)

    it was a good show!

  11. I'm glad to hear that you had so much fun at the concert!