Volume 47, Number 12 - February 16, 2010

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Alexandra Kramer
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The Battle Studies tour is the first glimpse Mayer has given his fans in two years. Photo by Anna Carabeo.

Mayer leaves fans screaming for more

By Alexandra Kramer

John Mayer rocked the stage at the Bank Atlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 4. The Battle Studies tour is the first glimpse Mayer has given his fans in two years.

After an hour and a half wait, Mayer finally appeared. Too bad only fans with floor tickets could see him.

At this point I’m sure most of the fans without floor seats were grateful for, what I like to call, the “consideration screen.”

The screen allowed fans in the nosebleed seats to watch Mayer open the act with Heartbreak Warfare, and then jump into an upbeat cover of Crossroads by Eric Clapton.

The show featured a new band and a mixed set of deep-rooted tracks, like Why Georgia from Mayer’s first album, and recent favorites from Mayer’s latest album Battle Studies.

My joy was soon discarded as Mayer’s face disappeared from the screen; only five of the fifteen songs he sang were shown on the “consideration screen.”

What’s the point of teasing?

But as his astounding acoustic and electric guitar skills fused with his vocals, I forgave and forgot.

Watching John Mayer live, each track brings back a specific memory; whether its heartbreak, tragic times or a current love, his music leaves you in a reminiscent state.

Musician, Michael Franti, opened up for Mayer. He put on an animated act that included a drunken fan that thought she was a back-up vocalist as she screamed the words ‘baby girl’ through the entire performance.

Franti picked up the drunken vibe because after his band performed an eight song set, they ran through the crowd of raging fans.

The performance was mediocre with the highlight being the drunken fan singing “back-up” vocals.

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