Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore
When this concert was announced just after the new year, my first reaction was “the blues guy that has recently toured with The Dead”. Conversely, my younger son (16) immediately asked to go and see as he knew him from his pop hits and social media – I actually had no idea that he listened to him, but he actually knew more of his songs than I did (I recall asking on here for recommendations a few years ago when he started with the Dead). My elder son (18), who actually plays guitar, was not interested as he was “too pop” – I think he’s become a rock snob already.
The concert sold out immediately which surprised me as its a 10,000 capacity venue. There was a huge buzz about the concert – again, it was the younger crowd that drove this.
Anyway, to the concert itself…. an almost three hour long concert with a 20-25 minute break in the middle. First part was the full 7 piece band (including the ever dependable Pino Palladino on bass) for about an hour. After the break came a 4 song acoustic set with just him and his acoustic guitar, before bringing back the band for the rest of the concert.
A skim through the setlists from the first part of this tour in Australia / NZ showed that no two shows were the same and true to form, we were treated to a completely different set – mixing the more well known tracks (which sent the crowd into raptures – especially the acoustic version of “Your Body Is A Wonderland”) with some deeper cuts and a few blues workouts. He is one hell of a guitarist and switched from electric to acoustic with ease. Feeding off the crowd, he really seemed to enjoy himself – many times between songs in a discussion with Pino and the drummer, obviously making up the setlist as they went along. At times, it really did come across as managing to make a 10,000 seater indoor stadium feel like a jam session down the local blues bar.
Overall, a really enjoyable concert.
Very much a mix of young and old – I guess corresponding to those who know him for the pop hits and those that know him as a guitarist.
It made me think..
He is really a bluesman at heart, with a pop sensibility on top that appeals to the younger crowd. Reminds me a lot of mid period Eric Clapton – popular songs with those archetypel blues riffs / solos.
Being able to appeal to the “musos” and the commercial pop crowd is a great feat if you can pull it off, and hats off to Mr Mayer who seems to be able to do that.