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John Mayer Dusts Off Pete Townshend and Bruce Springsteen Covers In Melbourne

John Mayer broke out covers of songs by Pete Townshend and Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday night at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. According to Setlist.FM, Mayer played Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” out of the first time since August 19, 2017 and Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open The Door” for the first and only other time since July 27, 2013.

The guitarist has settled on a format of opening with a full band set and breaking the evening up with a couple of solo acoustic melodies before the group returns for the rest of the night. In Melbourne, Mayer started with “Queen Of California” and after that presented his ongoing single “I Guess I Just Feel Like.” The vocation spreading over begin likewise included a rendition of “Love On The Weekend” that used “The Search For Everything Theme” as an introduction and a “Clarity” that crushed up the rhythm of Toto’s “Africa” in part of the outro.

John’s acoustic segment began with “In Your Atmosphere” and after that saw him play “I’m On Fire” for simply the fourth time since 2010. The Grammy-winning “Daughters” was trailed by a “Neon” that incorporated a bit of Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner.” After the band returned, Mayer noted he would play out a tune that still had “that new melody smell.” He at that point pulled off an activity routine as a feature of the introduction to 2018 single “New Light.” Later in the night, the guitarist had influence of “Let My Love Open The Door” as an introduction to “The Age Of Worry.” He noticed, “This song was devised to take you up higher no matter where you are in your personal worry number, we’re going to take all that worry away and remind you that it is going to be okay.” John Mayer’s solitary other known version of Townshend’s greatest solo hit came in Irvine, California on July 27, 2013 and was devoted to the individuals who helped him in his recuperation from vocal surgery in 2011. That rendition included the entire band, while the previous night John was simply joined by keyboards.

The night found some conclusion with a reprise of “Born and Raised (Reprise)” and “Gravity.”

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