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After recovering from a granuloma on his vocal chords, singer-songwriter John Mayer discusses the changes in his songwriting process, the state of the music industry, and his hopes for an upcoming tour with his new album, “Paradise Valley”
John Mayer has found a new partner – on stage, that is.
The musician, who split from Katy Perry last month, will perform with Brad Paisley at the Academy of Country Music Awards this Sunday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, PEOPLE learns exclusively.
Fellow performers for country’s big night include Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Jewel, George Strait, Stevie Wonder, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Pistol Annies and The Band Perry.
Newly announced presenters include Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, Gary Allan, Chris Young and Eli Young Band – joining Sheryl Crow, Kaley Cuoco, Keith Urban and more!
Mayer will hit the road this summer to support Born and Raised, the album he released last May.
The newly single singer, who counts Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson among his exes, shared a bit about his latest breakup with Ellen DeGeneres in an interview that aired Tuesday.
“I’m on the same journey as everyone else,” he said. “Coupling is a tricky thing.”
John Mayer is mounting his first major concert tour in three years following an extended vocal hiatus brought on by throat issues, Billboard has learned. The artist’s tour in support of 2012′s “Born and Raised,” which topped the Billboard 200, kicks off July 6 at Milwaukee’s SummerFest and continues into October.
Mayer will visit over 40 cities in four countries during the trek, including dates at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks (July 16) and the Hollywood Bowl (Oct. 5), as well as festival stops at Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sept. 17), and Rock in Rio in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Sept. 21).
Opening for Mayer on nearly all the dates will be “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips. Ticketing information can be found on the singer’s website; a dollar from each sale will be donated to the NCIRE to support returning Veterans.
To warm up for the tour, Mayer will perform at the sold-out Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on April 25 and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 26. They will mark his first full-length concerts since a throat granuloma forced him to cancel initial tour plans around “Born and Raised,” his fifth studio album. In January he played a brief set at a benefit concert in Montana.
In this week’s Billboard, Mayer tells of his harrowing journey in the past year to repair his vocal cords after unsuccessful surgery. He’s calling his recovery a dream come true, especially since it means he can sing for his fans again.
“The greatest gift I have in my life is the opportunity to play again, which is also the opportunity to dream again,” he says. “My dreams were in escrow, but when I found out this thing in my throat had receded, the most exciting thing for me was having a second chance at a new life. My dreams have come true twice. That’s really cool.”
April 25 — Tuscaloosa, AL (Tuscaloosa Amphitheater – SOLD-OUT)
April 26 — New Orleans, LA (JazzFest)
July 6 — Milwaukee, WI (Summerfest- Marcus Amphitheater
July 7 — Maryland Heights/St. Louis, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
July 9 — Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
July 10 — Bonner Springs, KS (Cricket Wireless Amphitheater)
July 12 — Woodlands, TX (The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
July 13 — Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
July 16 — Morrison, CO (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)
July 19 — Ridgefield, WA (Sleep Country Amphitheater)
July 20 — George, WA (The Gorge)
July 22 — Paso Robles, CA (California Mid State Fair)
July 24 — Wheatland, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre at Sacramento)
July 26 — Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
July 27 — Irvine, CA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Irvine)
Aug. 6 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Blossom Music Center)
Aug. 7 — Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
Aug. 9 — Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
Aug. 10 — Noblesville, IN (Klipsch Music Center)
Aug. 11 — Springfield, IL (Illinois State Fair)
Aug. 13 — Darien, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
Aug. 14 — Toronto, ON (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
Aug. 16 — Hartford, CT (Comcast Theatre)
Aug. 17 — Mansfield, MA (Comcast Center)
Aug. 20 — Bethel, NY (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts)
Aug. 21 — Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug. 23 — Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center)
Aug. 24 — Virginia Beach, VA (Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach)
Aug. 25 — Burgettstown, PA (First Niagara Pavilion)
Aug. 27 — Allentown, PA (The Great Allentown Fair)
Aug. 28 — Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theater)
Aug. 30 — Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
Aug. 31 — Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
Sept. 1 — Atlantic City, NJ (Borgata Resort Spa and Casino Event Center)
Sept. 4 — Charlotte, NC (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Charlotte)
Sept. 5 — Raleigh, NC (Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek)
Sept. 7 — Tampa, FL (Live Nation Amphitheater at the Florida State Fairgrounds)
Sept. 8 — West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
Sept. 17 — Buenos Aires, Argentina (Luna Park)
Sept. 21 — Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Rock in Rio)
Sept. 27 — Atlanta, GA (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood)
Oct. 1 — Albuquerque, NM (Isleta Amphitheater)
Oct. 2 — Phoenix, AZ (Desert Sky Pavilion)
Oct. 4 — San Diego, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Oct. 5 — Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Bowl)
John Mayer has a simple explanation for his foot-in-mouth tendencies when talking about his exes in public.
“I was just a jerk,” the Born and Raised singer admitted in a sit-down interview with CBS Sunday Morning, set to air on Sunday, Feb. 10. The crooner, who has been happily dating fellow musician Katy Perry since June 2012 — with a brief separation in August — made headlines in 2010 when he referred to his ex Jessica Simpson as “sexual napalm” in a Playboy interview.
The infamous serial dater has also had relationships with a number of other big Hollywood names, including Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Minka Kelly.
Now, however, the 35-year-old singer is recovering from surgery on his vocal cords and says he’s looking to turn over a new leaf as he prepares for a return to the stage for the first time in two years.
“It’s very liberating when you finally realize it’s impossible to make everyone like you,” he said in the interview. “I wanted everybody to like me. I thought I was one shuck and jive away in every direction.”
It’s a far cry from the Mayer who spoke candidly about his sexual relationship with Simpson, 32, in the March 2010 Playboy interview.
“Drugs aren’t good for you if you do lots of them,” he told the magazine at the time, comparing Simpson to “crack cocaine.”
“Sexually it was crazy. That’s all I’ll say,” he added of his relationship with the singer. The pair dated for about a year in 2006. “It was like napalm, sexual napalm.”
Mayer also previously dated Taylor Swift, 23, who went on to write a song “Dear John,” which fans speculated was about their ill-fated romance. In the June 2012 issue of Rolling Stone, Mayer criticized Swift’s decision to write the lyrically revealing song.
“It made me feel terrible,” he told the magazine, “because I didn’t deserve it.” The singers briefly dated in 2009.
“["Dear John" is] cheap songwriting,” he continued. “It’s abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait til he gets a load of this!’ That’s bulls–t.”
Swift responded by calling Mayer “presumptuous… I never disclose who my songs are about,” she told Glamour magazine in October 2012.
Multi-Grammy-winning singer/songwriter John Mayer is raising funds for the Northern California Institute for Research and Education (NCIRE), one of the nation’s foremost organizations studying the effects of war on U.S. military personnel. Mayer partnered with the organization in 2011 on several pilot programs aimed at helping veterans overcome the effects of post traumatic stress and lead healthy productive lives as civilians.
To raise the funds, Mayer has created a unique opportunity for fans that not only rewards the winners of an online raffle, but also helps educate fans on post traumatic stress and the need to help active military when they return home. Three winners will be chosen to spend a day with Mayer in the coming months, working together on a day-long volunteer project to help veterans. Raffle winners will work side-by-side with Mayer and veterans on the project and celebrate the completion of the project with a meal and photo session.
Mayer’s programs with NCIRE include a Veterans Exercise and Wellness Program, Integrative Medicine for Traumatic Stress, Women Warriors Fitness and Nutrition Program and Military Acculturation Program. All four programs are based in the San Francisco Bay-area with hopes to replicate them in other parts of the country. Mayer first became interested in veterans issues following a visit to Camp Lejeune five years ago, and was honored by the Recording Academy earlier this year at its annual Grammys on the Hill event for his work on behalf of veterans.
Some of Music’s greatest musicians, showmen and supporters will appear at The NAMM SHOW’S MEDIA PREVIEW DAY, which highlights the best musical instruments, apps. and technologies of the future available to professional music-makers and the public in 2012. MEDIA PREVIEW DAY offers access to the Music App. & Gaming Pavilion and gives media a pre-Show advantage of previewing the top never-before-seen musical instruments and products chosen from 1,400 that will be presented over the course of the four-day show. Each year NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants) produces The NAMM Show, which is the largest musical instruments and products trade-only show in North America, with 90,000+ attendees and more than 1,400 exhibitors from over 90 countries.
Singer-songwriter and producer Brian Wilson will receive NAMM’s highest honor, the Music for Life Award, for his musical impact and contributions over the course of more than 50 years. Joe Lamond, president & CEO of NAMM, will conduct a stage Q&A with the Beach Boys icon. Guitarist John Mayer will demo and announce a new music partnership with a long-time NAMM member company; the last surviving member of The Mamas & The Papas, Michelle Phillips, will receive a special tribute and will perform; blues rocker and singer-songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd will perform and introduce a new Guitar World music app.; strong NAMM supporter and gifted bass player, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, will appear to discuss his love of music and the importance of playing music.
John Mayer and Katy Perry were spotted leaving the Chateau Marmont Wednesday in Los Angeles, where the singers reportedly had a dinner date.
And indeed, a friend of Perry’s tells PEOPLE that the pair have been chatting on the phone and have gone out a few times – but they’re taking things slow.
“I don’t think either of them are trying for anything serious right now. She’s not talking like he’s ‘The One,’ ” the pal says. “She’s comfortable around guys who understand the craziness of that world, which he definitely does.”
Mayer, 34, has been involved with a long line of high-profile women, including Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift and Jessica Simpson.
Perry was recently divorced from Russell Brand, and dated Florence + the Machine guitarist Robert Ackroyd earlier this year.
She tells Elle in its new issue that she hasn’t given up on love, calling herself “a woman who likes to be courted – strongly.”
On the topic of potentially getting married again, she adds, “Never say never … I’ll let love take the lead on that.”
John Mayer says that he was “really humiliated” by Taylor Swift’s song “Dear John,” which the country-pop star allegedly wrote about him. “It made me feel terrible,” Mayer says in the new issue of Rolling Stone, on newsstands Friday. “Because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do.”
Swift’s song, which appeared on her best-selling 2010 album Speak Now, was released shortly after Mayer went on a two-year hiatus following his controversial interviews with Rolling Stone and Playboy. “Dear John, I see it all, now it was wrong / Don’t you think 19 is too young to be played by your dark twisted games, when I loved you so?” Swift sings on the tune, a staple of her live set.
Swift and Mayer were romantically linked before the song’s release, and in an interview conducted shortly after, the singer indicated that the song’s subject would be apparent. “There are things that were little nuances of the relationship, little hints,” said Swift. “Everyone will know, so I don’t really have to send out emails on this one.”
Mayer now tells Rolling Stone that he learned about Swift’s feelings directly from her song. “I never got an e-mail. I never got a phone call,” he says. “I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I’d already been dressed down. I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you’ve ever been, someone kicked you even lower?” When asked about the song’s line, “Don’t you think I was too young to be messed with?” Mayer says, “I don’t want to go into that.”
Mayer also takes issue with “Dear John” as a musician. “I will say as a songwriter that I think it’s kind of cheap songwriting,” he says. “I know she’s the biggest thing in the world, and I’m not trying to sink anybody’s ship, but I think it’s abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait till he gets a load of this!’ That’s bullshit.”
For a few months in early 2010, John Mayer was infinitely (and oftentimes, offensively) quotable, sharing his thoughts on Jessica Simpson’s skills in the sack and confessing that he had never really gotten over Jennifer Aniston. Amid much backlash, the singer-songwriter went silent.
“I lost my head for a little while. I lost touch and I didn’t want to ask for directions,” Mayer, 34, tells Ellen DeGeneres in an interview airing Tuesday. “I did a couple really dumb interviews and it woke me up.”
Calling it “a very strange time,” a chastened Mayer says the conscious decision to step back for two years was the right choice, crediting it with “rocketing him into adulthood.”
“I’m glad I actually stayed out of the spotlight,” he notes. “Back then I would’ve said, ‘Let me get out and do Ellen and explain myself.’ It was like, ‘No, idiot. Go away – be 33 and 34 instead of 28 for the fourth year.’ ”
The time off was productive, leading Mayer to write and record Born and Raised, out May 22. Unfortunately, the return of a granuloma in his throat after surgery last October means Mayer is unable to sing, forcing the cancelation of his tour and necessitating another surgery, set to take place this fall.
“It’s not a health concern whatsoever but it has taken me out of singing,” he explains. “Tried to beat it the first time and couldn’t. They cut this thing out, then they inject your vocal cords with Botox which freezes [them] so [they] can heal without smacking up against the other side. I just need more Botox next time.”
In the meantime, Mayer has moved to the Bozeman, Mont., area and begun work on his next album.
“I can’t sing, so I’m writing,” he tells DeGeneres. “I live in Montana – middle of nowhere. It’s really excellent. You get to a certain age where you prepare yourself for happiness. Sometimes you never remember to actually get happy. I remembered to get happy.”