13 Aug John Mayer Concert Coverage by Judy Smith
New Orleans: The Search for Everything Summer Tour 2017
Photography and Article by Judy Smith
John Mayer brought The Search for Everything Summer Tour to New Orleans at the Smoothie King Arena on August 9, 2017, and blew away the audience with just about everything from his chart-topping albums. The seven-time Grammy Award winner revealed his performance to the adoring crowd like a book of his life’s work and music, beginning with Chapter One which featured his full band. Mayer began the show on a rocking note with an amazing performance of “Belief,” and proved his guitar great status throughout the evening. Continuing the vibe, Mayer introduced some of the songs from his latest album, The Search for Everything, including “Helpless,” “Emoji of a Wave,” and “Still Feel Like Your Man” to accent and some of his older classics, featuring a tight Blues beat to “Something Like Olivia” from the Born and Raised album. As the full band took a break, Mayer took center stage with his beautiful acoustic stylings, breaking out an unplugged version of the Police’s “Walking on the Moon” that led into his Grammy-winning “Daughters” and “Stop this Train.”
Beginning the third chapter of his performance, Mayer led a documentary-style video account of how the John Mayer Trio came about as he was joined onstage by bassist Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan on the drums. The performance was a showcase for Mayer’s talent to play the Blues as the Trio launched into phenomenal versions of “Good Love is on the Way,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Wait Until Tomorrow,” and “Vultures.” As the full band returned to the stage, Mayer launched into his latest song that has been hitting the Country Radio airwaves, “In the Blood” and then treated fans to some of his most popular songs, including “I Don’t Trust Myself With Loving You” and “Half of My Heart.” Mayer told that crowd that he hoped that he played everything that they wanted to hear. “If we didn’t, I’m going to do this for my own peace of mind,” Mayer said. Breaking out some of his earliest hits from his first album, Room for Squares, Mayer graced the crowd with fan favorites, “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” “Why Georgia,” and “No Such Thing.”
Mayer and company left the stage, but the crowd wasn’t ready for them to leave just yet. Coming back for an encore, Mayer performed “Love on the Weekend” and then led into a very soulful version of “Gravity” that featured mind-blowing guitar solos and riffs from the very talented Mayer. As an Epilogue to the evening’s story, Mayer returned to the stage, against a white backdrop and playing a white piano, to perform a very moving, dramatic version of hauntingly beautiful “You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me.” It was truly a perfect evening for any John Mayer fan as he treated the crowd to his many diverse musical talents, including acoustic greatness, the bluesy trio stylings, his awe-inspiring performances with the full band, and his exquisite song-writing talents. Mayer fans did not have to seek very far to experience and be fulfilled as Mayer brought them The Search for Everything.