John Mayer collaborates with Eric Clapton
Things have been pretty quiet in the world of John Mayer since his high-profile split with Katy Perry. In fact, he's been on the road and otherwise laying low since the release of his album "Paradise Valley" in late summer 2013.
If there's one thing Mayer is well-versed in (beyond how to handle the end of paparazzi-swarmed breakups), it's life on a tour bus. He embarked on a trek to support the release of "Paradise Valley" (his first tour in three years) that ran from July to December 2013 with Interscope recording artist Phillip Phillips as the opening act. He then returned to the road in the spring of 2014 with dates in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Scandinavia.
So if you're John Mayer, what do you do to fill down time once you come off the road? You collaborate with one of the biggest names in music, that's what. The 36-year-old entertainer has lent his vocals to Eric Clapton's album, "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale," released on July 29th. The 16-track set (in which Mayer sings on "Don't Wait") includes several previously unrecorded songs provided by Cale's widow and his manager.
Mayer also recently drew looks (and a lot of raves!) for his super fit and slimmed down appearance. The paparazzi were quick to swarm the star during a recent outing in Beverly Hills, and while there's no comment from Mayer on any new fitness regime, rumors are swirling he may be involved in an upcoming reality TV show. Truth or rumor? Stayed tuned.
Mayer retreats from the spotlight after "Born and Raised" (Updated September 6, 2013)
John Mayer has it all figured out. Who he is, where he's been and (most importantly) where he's going next. And the answers, in no uncertain terms, go something like this: A pop star who no longer wants to be a 'pop star,' nor the man who absolutely craves fame, content on simply being himself.
It's with that mindset that Mayer has truly found his ethos, and it comes at a time when the sometimes controversial musician is promoting his sixth solo album, the aptly named "Paradise Valley." The album bowed to scant fanfare this summer, which is the polar opposite of what one would (or use to) expect from Mayer, who spent the last four years living in a sort of TMZ-esque snowglobe.
It was 2012 before Mayer's 'comeback' album "Born and Raised," and his time away from the spotlight for a vocal condition that ultimately required surgery has set him back on a path where he's letting his music do all the talking. For the most part, he's traded his very un-PC jokes for low-key folk-rock tunes, including a duet with his on-again-off-again girlfriend Katy Perry called "Who You Love."
In fact, Perry's presence in Mayer's life might be the one thing keeping Mayer's name on spin-cycle in the celebrity machine. But he's clearly extricated himself from the tabloids otherwise, and is focused for now on his "Born & Raised World Tour," which began on July 6, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and will wrap in April 2014. The trek marks his first tour in three years, and the first since undergoing surgery.
Girl trouble leads to Swift' descent for John Mayer (Updated December 2012)
Once known as a sensitive, even reclusive acoustic artist, John Mayer was thrust into the spotlight by a very public ending to a private relationship with Taylor Swift. Mayer said the country-pop songstress "really humiliated" him when she penned a tune for her best-selling 2010 album "Speak Now," which was released shortly after Mayer went on an extended hiatus following controversial interviews with Rolling Stone and Playboy.
But has the press been so bad? Since 2001, Mayer has released five studio albums, starting with "Room for Squares" and culminating with "Born and Raised" in May 2012. He has sold over 10 million albums in the U.S. and more than 20 million worldwide, and has collaborated with renowned blues artists like B.B. King and Eric Clapton.
Mayer calls his third album "Continuuum" his best one, as it combined his signature sound with the feel and grove of blues music. "Waiting on the World to Change" was a smash out of the gate, becoming one of the most downloaded songs on iTunes and bowing at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It took on a life of its own, eventually helping to nab Mayer five 2007 Grammy Awards. Another song from the project, "Gravity," was featured on the FOX television series "House" and the CBS series "Numb3rs."
Mayer has toured with many different artists and groups, including the likes of Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, Train, Maroon 5, One Republic and many more. In 2010, he teamed up with country star Keith Urban for a CMT Crossroads concert, which led to the duo performing at the 2010 CMT Music Awards. Mayer has also been known to show up at small venues unannounced for surprise concerts. He scrapped his most recent tour after having vocal cord surgery, but recently joined the lineup for Clapton's 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival.
About John Mayer
Born and raised in Connecticut, John Mayer rose to fame with his hit single "Your Body is a Wonderland" in 2002. He started out in sounds of acoustic rock but gradually moved into the blues genre in 2005. Mayer then won a Grammy in 2007 for his mega-hit "Waiting on the World to Change," which was released in 2006. The song has been featured in many commercials and programs for television, charity, and other benefits. John Mayer tickets are always available here at SeatGeek, so you can watch this continually evolving artist live.
Dead & Company Announce Winter Tour
(Update 8/25/15) Earlier this month, Dead & Company--the new Grateful Dead incarnation featuring John Mayer, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann--announced two shows at Madison Square Garden over Halloween weekend. Now, the supergroup (which also includes Allman Brothers' Oteil Burbridge and Ratdog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti) has announced a full tour that will take them…Read more
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