After wrapping up a batch of summer tour dates with Dead & Company, guitarist John Mayer opened up his solo tour this past weekend, beginning with some Northeast dates in Albany, NY, and Providence, RI, the second of which featured Mayer covering a Grateful Dead favorite.
The tour kicked off Friday at Albany’s Times Union Center with Mayer presenting a two-set affair with his band, as opposed to last year’s tour, which saw him split his headlining shows into solo, band and John Mayer Trio sets. Friday’s performance opened with a 10-song set that included live staple “Vultures” and closed with Mayer’s newest studio single, “I Guess I Just Feel Like.” Set two began with a run of solo acoustic tunes, including “Daughters” and parts of Mayer’s songs “Something’s Missing” and “In Your Atmosphere.” After crowd favorites like “Why Georgia,” “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” (preceded by a bit of Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones”), “Waiting on the World to Change” and the set-closing “Gravity,” Mayer returned for an encore of “Born and Raised” and “New Light.”
The following evening at Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Mayer presented many of the same tunes at different times throughout the two sets, and the guitarist also fit in a couple of choice covers. First up was Tom Petty’s classic “Free Fallin’,” which came during the solo acoustic beginning to set two, and later in the set the guitarist nodded to his Dead & Co. connections by offering the tour debut of the Grateful Dead staple “Fire on the Mountain,” which came out of “Queen of California” and preceded “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room.”
Check out both setlists below, along with fan-shot footage of both of Saturday’s covers. Mayer continues his summer dates tonight in Philadelphia. See his full tour slate here.
Times Union Center – Albany, NY
Set I: Belief, Love on the Weekend, Who Says, Helpless, Moving On and Getting Over, Something Like Olivia, Edge of Desire, Vultures, Wildfire, I Guess I Just Feel Like
Set II: The Age of Worry, Emoji of a Wave, Daughters, Something’s Missing (first verse)> In Your Atmosphere (first half), Still Feel Like Your Man, Love is a Verb, Why Georgia, The Beautiful Ones (snippet)> Slow Dancing in a Burning Room, Rosie, If I Ever Get Around to Living, In the Blood, Waiting on the World to Change, Gravity (w/ “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember tease)
Enc: Born and Raised, New Light
Dunkin Donuts Center – Providence, RI
Set I: Heartbreak Warfare, Love on the Weekend, I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You), No Such Thing, Waiting on the Day, Helpless, Who Says, Paper Doll, Changing, Dear Marie
Set II: Walt Grace’s Submarine Test January 1967, Your Body is a Wonderland, Free Fallin’, In the Blood, Still Feel Like Your Man, Dreaming with a Broken Heart, Queen of California> Fire on the Mountain, Slow Dancing in a Burning Room, Waiting on the World to Change, I Guess I Just Feel Like
Enc: Gravity, New Light