Live Review: John Mayer

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John Mayer w/ Paramore

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Aug. 19, 2008

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The Deal: John Mayer showcases his guitarwork, brings along Warped Tour favorites Paramore.

The Good: Paramore opened up the night with a strong set of rock that usually targets a younger crowd. No doubt their high-energy set won over some new fans. There was no sign of "Your Body is a Wonderland" or "Daughters." Mayer instead showcased his blues side and a few covers, as he continually shredded guitar solos and riffs. Most people probably think of Mayer as a pop-rock, radio-friendly singer, but Mayer has been doing all he can recently to shed that image. He tore through a version of Eric Clapton's "Crossroads," found time to thrown in a Hendrix verse and ended the night with a strong version of Paul Simon's "Boy in the Bubble" in the middle of his encore. The last handful of songs were heavy on the hits that left concert-goers satisfied.

The Bad: Paramore singer Hayley Williams has a "bullring" in her nose — not attractive. As a friend said to me, mid-set through John Mayer - there's something odd about a shirtless man playing the blues. About three songs into his set, Mayer stripped off his long-sleeved shirt. Long sleeves?!? It's the summer! Of course, the ladies loved it. The faces Mayer makes while peforming are as entertaining as they are distracting. I'm not too crazy about his version of Tom Petty's "Free Falling." There wasn't a huge crowd and a surprising number of people were seen leaving shortly after 10 p.m.

The Verdict: Mayer's continued guitar prowess will get noticed more and more as time goes on and he'll slowly shed his pop image.

Paramore setlist

Pessimist

That's What You Get

Here We Go Again

Crush,crush,crush

Let the Flames

When it Rains

Decoy

Pressure

Hallelujah

Misery Business

John Mayer setlist

Bigger Than My Body

Belief

I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)

Crossroads

Wheel

Free Falling

Good Love is On the Way

Mercy

Vultures

Find Another You/Stitched Up

No Such Thing/ Why Georgia

Waiting on the World to Change

Gravity

Encore

Who Did You Think I Was

Boy in the Bubble

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