My first concert report is on a recording of John Mayer live at the Beacon Theatre. His first song of the performance is Heartbreak Warfare. With heavy bass lines, steady drums backbeat and great lyrics this was a great song to start the show with. With U2 like guitar sounds I get lost in this song when I hear it especially a live version. The lyrics just call out to me and hit me on a personal level because I too have had many issues in my relationships and these lyrics fit perfect to a particular past relationship I had. “Drop his name, push it in and twist the knife again” “Watch my face as I pretend to feel no pain”, is my favorite line for personal reasons.
His next act is Vultures which is a good song and he interacts with the crowd by letting them finish a few lines. After that the band plays Crossroads a Robert Johnson cover which is a great blues song and a good collaboration with most of his work on his last album continuum. His next two are personal favorites of mine were “I don’t trust myself (with loving you)” and “Perfectly Lonely”. They are both songs with excellent lyrics that I relate to very personally.
Especially “I don’t trust myself” it tells a story that I can relate to word for word. I love to listen to it when I’m fighting with my girlfriend because for me songs say so much that a lot of the times you can’t just come out and say yourself. I like the line the guitarist gets in the song; he had a gospel feel in his vocals. To top the song off he has this perfect break down towards the end of the song. Only he and the back-up vocalist are singing with light instrumental and he adds the lines “how wrong you were about me, oh how wrong you are”.
Next he played “Why Georgia” on acoustic guitar he started solo but the band joined in through the third progression of the song. In between his next song is a drum solo by Steve Jordan. It is a good.