John Mayer Cements His Legacy With Outstanding Performance At Madison Square Garden

first_imgFor the past seventeen years, John Mayer has been one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. Since the release of his debut record, Room For Squares, Mayer has battled with the pressure of achieving acceptance from the masses while also seeking the approval of the music world at large. It’s been a somewhat controversial journey for Mayer that has often rubbed people the wrong way, from a string of tabloid-staple A-list romances to publicly egotistical episodes that include particularly cringe-worthy 2010 interviews in Rolling Stone and Playboy, after which the guitarist began a period of self-imposed “obscurity.”However, in recent years, Mayer has re-emerged as an artist that seems truly comfortable in his own skin, and his songwriting and blistering guitar playing continue to reflect that. This journey apparently started with his discovery of The Grateful Dead and his subsequent acceptance as a full-time member of Dead & Company, and it has now peaked with his The Search For Everything tour, which stopped at Madison Square Garden last night. The show featured Mayer delivering a mix of material from throughout his career, while also showcasing his different abilities as both a songwriter and a master guitar player. The performance was breathtaking, as Mayer has elevated himself into rare air, the kind only breathed by artists like Eric Clapton, whose influence was surely felt throughout the evening.The show was broken up into multiple sections, meant to feature Mayer’s versatility as an artist. After a quick band introduction using the stage’s video screen, the caption “Chapter 1: Full Band” flashed on the screen, and Mayer and Co. emerged to roars from the crowd. The show started off with “Moving On and Getting Over” and “Helpless” from his new album, also called The Search For Everything. Mayer then took time to tell the crowd how thrilled he was to be there, and that, after seven records, he and his band were prepared to play anything from his now-massive catalog. As the crowd screamed with excitement (note: he’s still a pop star, and still gets the screaming girl treatment as if he were the second coming of the Beatles), he and his band launched into Continuum track “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room,” a gorgeous ballad that allowed Mayer to show off his confident vocals and lyrical guitar playing. Drummer Steve Jordan teased the audience with a drum solo that led into Mayer’s mega-hit “Waiting on the World to Change,” which dropped into a bluesy cover of “War” by Bob Marley. The band then finished “Chapter 1” with “Something Like Olivia” from his 2012 record Born And Raised.As “Chapter 2: Acoustic” popped up on the screen, most of the band left the stage and left Mayer and his two backup singers to perform a few stripped down songs. The stage was quickly transformed into what looked like a Japanese garden, and Mayer dropped into another Born And Raised song: “Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1969.” Search For Everything ballad “Emoji of a Wave” followed, after which Mayer took a minute to profusely thank the crowd for being so accepting of his new material. He expressed that he hadn’t felt this good in a long time, and explained that “if this is what getting older feels like, I absolutely love it.” He brought the mini-acoustic set to a close with his beloved cover of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Free Fallin’.” Mayer’s voice is back in full swing, after years of issues with his vocal chords, and he sounded and looked like an artist that was simply comfortable on stage. It’s tough to fill a room as large as Madison Square Garden with just an acoustic guitar and your voice, but Mayer accomplished this with ease.As the acoustic set ended, the lights went out and a short video package started playing on the screen that focused on the well-loved and oft-missed  John Mayer Trio. Trio members Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino play in Mayer’s full band, but now his fans would get an opportunity to see the mythical, improv-heavy blues-rock trio that rocked the world after the Continuum recording sessions took place. The video sent the crowd into a frenzy, and when the lights came back on, the band swiftly started building up their energy, releasing as Mayer dropped the opening notes of “Crossroads,” the blues classic written by Robert Johnson and popularized by Clapton and his blues trio Cream in the 1960s. The band was firing on all cylinders, as Jordan and Palladino held down the tight groove while Mayer added a blistering solo mid-song.A stunning version of Continuum standout “Vultures” followed, turning the poppy single into an out-of-this-world blues number, with the band locking in for a tasty mid-song jam. The Trio finished up their set with a raucous version of Mayer’s fan-favorite re-imagination of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Bold As Love,” giving him one more opportunity to crush some guitar solos with Palladino and Jordan backing him. This portion of the night was easily the most exciting musical segment of the evening. It wasn’t John Mayer and band, it was clearly three musicians who love playing together doing what they do best, and they left the MSG crowd begging for more.The video screen then announced “Chapter 4: Full Band (Reprise)”, and a grinning Mayer picked up an acoustic guitar and led his band into a beautiful version of Battle Studies ballad “Who Says,” which then transitioned into melancholy Continuum track “Stop This Train.” Mayer then took a minute to address the crowd, explaining how dumbfounded he was to continue to be gaining fans this many years into his career. He said “this simply doesn’t happen, and I promise to keep being the artist you want me to be for the rest of my life.” In one moment, the once-egotistical young pop artist seemed to transform into a humble and thankful man, and suddenly the theme of The Search For Everything album and tour became abundantly clear: after “doing his time” and making his amends for the tribulations of his youth, regaining his voice and his love for music, Mayer is decidedly grateful to finally be following his own path. Now, he can be an artist that has it all–pop star, rock star, guitar icon. He can be all of these things, and people will love him for it.With that, Mayer switched to the PRS guitar that he uses in Dead & Company, and he and his band ran through Born and Raised track “Queen of California,” which he then led into a spot-on cover of the Dead’s “Fire on the Mountain.” Mayer showed a true love for the material, as he does in Dead & Co., singing the song passionately and then soloing like the true guitar god that he has shown himself to be. It was an awesome moment for many of Mayer’s newer fans, a true nod to the Grateful Dead legacy that he is now a part of.The band then played the new single from The Search For Everything, “Still Feel Like Your Man,” a song which shows a great mix of Mayer’s pop sensibilities, his recovered falsetto vocals, and his guitar prowess. The main set finished with the lone song from Room for Squares from the evening, a joyous version of “Why Georgia.”For the encore, Mayer delivered another new song “Love on the Weekend,” before delivering an awesome version his ethereal hit “Gravity.” The crowd sang along with ease at this beloved classic, and the bluesman let the crowd take a verse or two before unleashing one more incredible guitar solo while repeating the song’s “keep me where the light is” refrain.With the show seemingly over, “Chapter 5: Epilogue” flashed on the screen. The band left the stage, and a solo piano was brought to the center of the stage. Mayer then sat down at the piano and performed The Search For Everything ballad “You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me,” giving the grateful artist one more opportunity to perform in front of his adoring fans before the evening was over.John Mayer proved himself to be an artist for everyone at last night’s show, and fans who have tickets to other shows on this tour should be beyond excited. His guitar playing, singing, and artistry were on full display throughout the evening, and rarely has a performer ever been come off as so grateful and so humbled by his place in the world.Edit this setlist | More John Mayer setlistsJohn Mayer Band, Moving On And Getting Over [Stephen Hurtes]John Mayer Band, Slow Dancing In A Burning Room [Stephen Hurtes]John Mayer, Walt Grace’s Submarine Test [Mandi G]John Mayer Trio, Crossroads [Stephen Hurtes]John Mayer Trio, Vultures [looks style]John Mayer Trio, Bold As Love [errockman]John Mayer Band, Why Georgia [Mandi G]John Mayer, In Your Atmosphere/MercyJohn Mayer, Piano [The Millionaire Dude][Photo via @stacehiggins]last_img read more

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19 days of defiance – action of Opatija’s caterers and hoteliers

first_img“We are extremely glad that this initiative was launched by Opatija’s caterers, who are also the main bearers of Opatija’s prestigious reputation as a top gastro destination. In these demanding times, they showed their proactivity and creativity, and in cooperation with the Tourist Board of the city of Opatija, encouraged other tourist entities to get involved in the action. Thus, our economy together decided to show defiance of the consequences of the pandemic and reward the first guests who returned to the long-delayed habits of enjoying coffee or dinner with romantic views of Opatija.”, Said the director of the Opatija Tourist Board Suzi Petričić. This week, life is slowly returning to Opatija’s cafes and restaurants, and Opatija’s caterers and hoteliers have decided to mark the two-month period of closed facilities and distance to guests with a special “19 days of defiance” action.  Other Opatija hoteliers, according to the announcements, will open their doors in early June. Photo: TZ Opatija Tijekom narednih 19 dana, odnosno do 1. lipnja, velika većina ugostiteljskih objekata i hotela u Opatiji svojim će posjetiteljima ponuditi posebne pogodnosti, prilagođene ponudi i tipu lokala – od popusta na pojedine usluge do općeg popusta u visini od simboličnih „kovidovskih“ 19 posto. Simbolikom broja 19 žele iskazati prkos prema pandemiji  te vjeru u bolje nadolazeće razdoblje. This action includes various restaurants, cafes, pastry shops, cafes and bars, as well as hoteliers, but also the Thalasso Wellness Center, which will also offer special benefits to its visitors until the beginning of June. Hotels Bevanda, Domino, Mali Raj, Navis, Pansion Učka, Paris, Villa Ariston, Villa Dubrava, Villa Kapetanović, Villa Schubert were opened in May and will also take part in the “defiance” action and will additionally prepare numerous special offers. last_img read more

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Roy Barrett takes on ‘formidable challenge’ with new FAI role

first_img Related Articles Share Irish government calls for increase to greyhound welfare funds July 19, 2019 Share Roy Barrett, managing director at Goodbody Stockbrokers, has been unveiled by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) as the board’s new independent chairperson. Barrett is now set to take over as the chair of the board when current president Donal Conway stands down on 25 January, with FAI board members hopeful that Barrett’s pedigree aids in rescue package discussions with the Government.Following his appointment, Barrett discussed his belief that the association had an important role to play in developing the Irish game. He stated: “There is a serious job of work to be done to address the very significant failures which have beset the organisation in terms of its governance and its finances. The new Board will now deal with this task with urgency, working collaboratively with its stakeholders.”The FAI also announced that Catherine Guy and Liz Joyce would also be joining its board as independent directors whilst also confirming that another addition was set to be announced in the coming weeks.Shane Ross, Minister for Sport, added: “I’m very pleased to welcome Roy Barrett, Catherine Guy and Liz Joyce and to thank them as well for taking on what is going to be an extremely formidable task. It certainly does seem that at this stage we are going to enter into a new chapter in what has been a disastrous story. I am looking forward to a fresh, constructive dialogue opening between the new FAI and the government. “They are taking on an association with a debt of €60m, they’re taking on a formidable challenge but we think that their advent, which has been sought for a very long time and which has been resisted by the FAI for a very long time, will mean that those who are creditors and stakeholders will take great encouragement.“I am hopeful that all stakeholders will now be able to pursue a common goal of root and branch reform, of changing the culture of the FAI and ensuring that grass roots football, players, staff and volunteers are all protected.”Ross, along with a delegation representing the department of sport, is now reportedly set to meet UEFA officials next week where an attempt will be made to find a resolution to the current predicament of the association. As well as his pedigree, the new independant chair is also a close associate of ex-Ireland international Niall Quinn which has seemingly opened up the possibility of the former Sunderland striker joining the FAI in the future. StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

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Wellington falls to Independence 8-7 in first round of Class 4A state tournament

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 1234567RHE Wellington fans got vocal late in the game as Lady Dukes rallied.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whether it was nerves or the more than 30 hour wait to get on the softball diamond, the Wellington girls would commit six errors in the first two innings and fall behind 7-0. It would go on to lose to Independence 11-7 late Friday evening in the first round of Class 4A State Softball Tournament at Bill Burke Field in Salina.The Crusaders end the season 17-6.Independence built a 7-0 lead in the top of the second. Wellington would then chip the lead down to one, 8-7, going into the top of the seventh. Then the Bulldogs would secure victory with three runs. The game ended on three quick outs for Wellington in the bottom of the seventh.It was a heartbreaking end to an exciting season in which Wellington made the state tournament for the first time in 21 years.According to the official scorebook, Independence early lead was more a product of Wellington errors than sharp Bulldog hitting. But there was no denying, the Bulldogs were making contact against junior pitcher Madi Lewellen.Madi Lewellen started as pitcher.From the onset when Hannah Burnett reached base on a bunt, Wellington was chasing Independence. Wellington would give up four runs including one on a passed ball, and a 2RBI single by freshman sensation Morgan Mavers.Going into the second, it got worse for the Lady Dukes when Lyssa Schabel, who reached base every time she was at bat, ripped a triple to left field, that got stuck in the inside corner, and brought three girls home.Wellington head coach T.D. Buck would then relieve Lewellen and brought in Brooke McCorkle the rest of the ball game.The Crusaders then started chipping into the lead. Abby Goodrum opened the bottom half of the second inning with a double and came home on a Madi Adams single. In the third, Erin Goodrum would single Ryleigh Buck home.After Indy added a run to make it 8-2, Wellington, like it so often did before this season, started coming on strong late.Wellington had three singles as McCorkle, Erin Goodrum and Lewellen all got big hits giving Wellington three runs and narrowing the margin to three, 8-4. Then in the bottom of the sixth, Wellington got two more after DeJarnett walked and R. Buck slammed a left field triple to make it 8-5 with one out. The WHS senior was 5-for-5 in getting on base during her last outing in a Crusader uniform.E. Goodrum then brought Buck home on a sacrifice blast to right field.Going into the seventh, Wellington was trailing 8-7 and had the momentum.But Independence had one last spurt in it. Randi Marquez would hit a 2RBI double that secured victory for the Bulldogs.The Friday evening game started at 8:30 p.m. and was originally scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. But rain, lightning, and strange decision making by the KSHSAA officials kept this tournament from ever starting until 26 hours later.Wellington finishes one of its most successful softball seasons in its history and will lose six seniors. Independence43001031192 Wellington0110320778center_img First round State Tournament: Independence 11 Wellington 7  WP – Mavers.  LP – Lewellen. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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3,000 DONEGAL CARERS SUFFERING AFFECTS OF CUTBACKS – DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Féin TD for Donegal South West Pearse Doherty has accused the government of trampling on the rights of citizens through its cuts for respite carers which come into effect last week.The Sinn Féin deputy said the cut would affect up to 3,000 carers in County Donegal based on the figures available from 2010.Deputy Doherty said: “My understanding of a republic, is a state in which citizens have fundamental rights. Yet every day we hear of citizens whose rights are being trampled upon by the government. “Last week carer’s began receiving the reduced respite care grant. In the last budget the government imposed a significant cut of 20% to the respite care grant for some 77,000 carers and their loved ones. Around another 20,000 of the family carers who provide full time care receive no other monies at all from the state.“These cuts to family income will cause real hardship. Families are at their wits end worry about how they will pay their bills and put food on the table and look after their vulnerable relative.“This cut doesn’t make economic sense. Carers save the state over four billion euro each year. If those they care for are pushed into full-time residential care that will cost the state several times what it is saving.“This government thinks nothing of giving billions to bad banks or breaking its own rules on the payment of special advisors yet it will take €26 million from the pockets of carers. “The government should be ashamed of itself for placing the burden of austerity on carers and those they care for.“It is an approach that is reflective of a government which seeks to protect the golden circles. It’s reflective of a government which simply doesn’t value carers or the caring professions.“These families have nothing left to give. It’s a petty, mean spirited unfair cut and it should be reversed.” 3,000 DONEGAL CARERS SUFFERING AFFECTS OF CUTBACKS – DOHERTY was last modified: June 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:000 DONEGAL CARERS SUFFERING AFFECTS OF CUTBACKS – DOHERTY3last_img read more

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