WANTAGH, NY — There was a time when squealing teenagers would scream for John Mayer.
Don't be mistaken, there are still a lot of young girls going to JM concerts in flower crowns and matching T-shirts, but the majority of the screaming comes from the middle-aged men. These men aren't just the dads of those girls, but they're dedicated fans, there with their wives or buds, screaming, "We love you, John!"
Mayer, on his Born and Raised Tour, shows a decidedly more mature side than his Heavier Things days, drenching his band in denim and tying a weather-worn scarf on his head. An animated background of canyon rocks symbolizes his move to the Montana country, his independence and his folk growth.
"It's a weird thing to grow up in front of you guys," Mayer said in a vulnerable speech toward the end of his set. It's been 12 years since his first album was released, and in 2012 and 2013 he released two more back-to-back, totaling his studio album count to six. Unable to tour for his 2012 LP, Born and Raised, while recovering from vocal surgery, his current tour includes new material from two records, something Mayer is a little insecure about.
"I wonder if anyone cares or connects," he said to the crowd, who would cheer enthusiastically for his older hits like "I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)," but rest their bones during the new ones. "It's really uneasy."
John's sprinkled in a few of those crowd-pleasers throughout Wednesday night at Jones Beach, but he rounded out the set with tunes ...
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