John Mayer - Ak-Chin Pavilion - 10/2/2013
And with that he went into "Your Body Is a Wonderland." This was the top crowd-pleaser of the night--which wasn't hard to tell, since much of the audience in the seated section of the pavilion rarely stood.
"I hope you heard what you wanted," Mayer said after closing out the softly chugging "Dear Marie," adding he would have loved to play for four hours to make sure everyone got to hear the song they came for...before dropping lightly into "Gravity."
Mayer focused half the set on Born & Raised and Paradise Valley, leaving much to be wanted in terms of the familiar -- especially given the enthusiastic response to songs off Continuum, Battle Studies, and Room for Squares (still his best-selling album.)
The encore was underwhelming, too, with many people slipping out during "On the Way Home," presumably so as to beat the notorious parking lot situation at the venue.
See more photos, the set list, and the Critic's Notebook on page three.