John Mayer Covers Katy Perry, Talks Internet Porn At Irvine Tour Stop

By Kara Warner

Say what you will about John Mayer, but underneath all the tabloid noise and nonsense, the man knows how to play a live show. More importantly, he understands his public perception and how to work it to his advantage, which he did with tremendous, self-deprecating aplomb during his concert in Irvine, California on Tuesday night (August 24).

After warming up the pleasantly diverse crowd (especially diverse for Irvine) with tracks from his multi-platinum albums Battle Studies, Room for Squares and Continuum, he threw in a little Jimi Hendrix (complete with crazy guitar solo action) in the form of “Voodoo Child.”

Mayer followed those tunes with the standard, “How you feeling, Irvine?” crowd pleasantries, but then took a few minutes to showcase the aforementioned aplomb, with a highly amusing monologue that segued into “Perfectly Lonely.”

He began this little interlude by thanking the crowd for his current financial security. “Thanks to you all, I’m a rich motherf—er,” and then went into how visiting L.A. means dealing with the paparazzi (which he called his “cottage industry”), Googling himself to see what unflattering photos turn up and fielding questions about his love life.

“I’m completely single,” Mayer told the crowd, addressing the ever-present rumors and speculation about his relationship status. He then went into TMI-territory, revealing that the only constant in his life is a morning ritual of watching Internet porn and searching for a specific brunette on RedTube. “That is the dirty truth,” he said, daring the press to write that story (well, here it is, John).

Other highlights from his lively show included a brief, jazzy cover of Katy Perry’s “California Girls” and some show-stopping, behind-the-back, on-the-floor guitar soloing during “Gravity.” (The latter was later topped by Mayer’s bandmate Robbie McIntosh, after which Mayer said, “I just got my ass kicked! Robbie, you aren’t supposed to play a better guitar solo than me!”) The true highlight? Mayer’s fantastic cover of “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, which Mayer played over his “Half of My Heart” and created a smooth blend of the two songs. It’s moments like that — equal parts technical virtuosity and musical goofiness — that keep Mayer fans (myself included) looking past the tabloid stories and porn talk into the heart of the songs.