This past Tuesday night John Mayer brought his The Search for Everything Tour into Toronto’s SOLD OUT Budweiser Stage. It was my first time catching John live, I have owned a few albums such as Room of Squares, Heavier Things & oddly enough Paradise Valley an album John references at a point in the show. A band I have had the pleasure of interviewing in the past, Dawes were the support act on the night and played a hell of a set. I missed the bands last show at the Opera House but glad I caught this one. For those that were introduced to them for the first time on this night I spoke to a few in the audience and were pretty impressed as was I.
One of the songs that I have to say I enjoyed was the bands single Roll With The Punches. They jammed that one out for us for a Mason Jar Session so was easily the most familiar tune of the set. But the other one that stuck out was All Your Favorite Bands. I had heard this songs a couple of times before, a Canadian Country Band (The Road Hammers) cover this on their new album, and oddly enough they covered it for our Mason Jar Sessions. It was pretty cool to see them perform it live. Nice set, great guys!
Following the Dawes it was non other than the captain of the ship for the remainder of the evening. John Mayer took the stage jammin’ out to Helpless and the sold out crowd never sat back down. Being my first Mayer experience I wasn’t to sure what to expect. I am a huge fan of music so with all the accolades and such a huge fan base I figured something good was going to come from it and boy did it. Without any elaborate sets or crazy pyro Mayer kept 15,000 + people groovin’ till the last note.
The cool part about this show was that it was broken down into “Chapters” and each chapter really brought a different feel to the night. One of my favourite chapters was when The Trio took to the stage it just seemed to bring an energy that the fans were feeding off the rest of the night. With Vultures wrapping up that run of songs it was just amazing. Another highlight of the night was when John treated us with an Acoustic stripped down set that included a cover of Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’ which had the capacity crowd singing right along.
The song that really sealed the deal was when he spoke about an album that may have not had any commercial success but was an album that really meant something to him as an artist. Waiting On The Day is hands down my favourite cut on Paradise Valley and to be lucky enough to hear it live! Incredible. If you haven’t had a chance to see Mr. Mayer do his thing I strongly suggest you get your ass to a show. You won’t be disappointed. Huge thanks to John, Dawes the fine folks at Budweiser Stage and of course those at Live Nation that work so damn hard to bring great music to Toronto!
Corey Kelly / @CoreyKelly76