THE FORUM - Last night John Mayer performed at The Forum in Inglewood as part of The Search For Everything Tour which features three musical vignettes, a full band set, an acoustic set, and a set by John Mayer Trio. The latter is made up of Steve Jordan on drums, Pino Palladino on bass, and Mayer on guitar and vocals. Mayer opened the set with a blazing performance of "Helpless" off of his new record The Search For Everything, getting the crowd on their feet. Even the security guards were bobbing their heads.
The acoustic portion of the show featured a cover of Beyoncé's "XO" and the thousands in attendance sang along. Closing out the acoustic set was fan favorite "Neon" in which Mayer described writing some of his earliest songs in his room by himself, but trying to get the effect of two guitars playing at the same time. An extended intro and outro of the song had Mayer playing the bassline with his thumb while playing the lead with his four other fingers. Mayer refuses to use a loop pedal and instead enjoys the thrill of getting the two guitar effect live, and it's often the most animated performance of the evening.
The John Mayer Trio set featured a pair of songs from 2006's Continuum, a bluesed-up version of "Vultures" as well as fiery cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Wait Until Tomorrow." But perhaps the most dynamic performance of the night was when Mayer surprised fans and brought out rapper Post Malone to perform his song "Congratulations" with rock and roll legend Tommy Lee on drums. With Palladino on Bass, Jordan also on drums, Mayer's longtime friend David Ryan Harris on rhythm guitar and vocals, and newcomer to the band Isaiah Sharkey on the other lead guitar, Post Malone played a guitar of his own during the performance which saw him and Mayer feeding off each other's energy. The sold-out crowd at The Forum went wild as thousands of cell phones were immediately raised up.
John closed the concert as he has been doing this whole tour, on stage by himself at the piano with the giant screen behind him filled with white. A solo version of "You're Going To Live Forever in Me" to send the fans off on a sincere note. When Mayer finished the song and thanked the audience he walked into a doorway that opened in the middle of the screen.