I think that when John Mayer titled his newest album Battle Studies, it probably had so many more meanings to it than what anyone would guess up front.
I'm not a huge fan myself. I like his music alright. I think he writes some great lyrics at times, and the man certainly knows how to play the guitar. However, I think he's kind of full of himself and has a lot of growing up to do, so it's hard for me to have a ton of respect for him.
Nonetheless, my sister LOVES him, so I decided to be the best big sister in the world and get tickets to see him last night in Nashville as her Christmas present. She was ecstatic on Christmas morning!
We headed downtown and joined the thousands of other people making their way to the arena. He played a good bit of new stuff, and he played some of the oldies I really like. One of my favorite tunes from the new album is Assassins, so I was pleased to hear it live.
At the end? Well, what you may have heard is true. John Mayer pretty much broke down on stage. My sister and I didn't have a clue what had happened with his recent interviews and inappropriate comments, but next thing we new we were both sitting there like "Is he crying on stage?"
I think that this little piece on it describes the account best if you're interested.
I may not like him very much, and I DEFINITELY think he's got a ways to go in terms of maturing... but I think that making a public apology is a step. I have more respect for men who can sincerely acknowledge when they make a mistake as opposed to the ones who "issue a statement."
Only time will tell if John really learns and changes from the experience, but I know that it can be hard to open up to anyone, much less a crowd of thousands of fans.
Do I like him any better because of this? Not really. I've seen him live now and probably won't ever feel the need to do it again. (Unlike Dave Matthews Band... I've been to 6 shows and will certainly go to as many more as I can.) But I think it was kind of cool to be part of that audience that got to hear him open up and apologize.
He said he just wants to play his guitar. I hope that's what he'll start doing.