We also had an opportunity to see John Mayer perform live at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, CO.
First of all, let me say that it had been at least 8 or 9 years since I’d last been to Red Rocks and it’s still an amazing venue. The weather was a little dicey (wind and rain and thunder, oh my), but cleared off enough that we had a beautiful evening from the venue. We sat in the general admission seats with several thousand of our closest friends. 🙂
Second, it was the first time my wife and eldest daughter had ever been to Red Rocks and I think they were suitably impressed. It was my daughter’s second time ever going to a concert (the first was seeing Maroon 5 at Cricket Pavillion in Phoenix a couple of years ago). And she did great.
Third… The first act was a trio and was great and I wish I could remember their name. Sort of a bluegrass feel and the leader of the band played guitar and sang barefoot. Gotta love Colorado. 🙂 The actual opening act was Ben Folds Five and I have to say that I’m not a fan. He plays piano and it’s not music — it’s noise — because he beats on the dang thing. Many folks there really enjoyed them and must have known their music, but we weren’t among them.
Lastly… John Mayer… Damn that boy can play guitar. I have told a few people that I would liken it to watching Jimmy Hendrix on stage live, because it will be forever etched in memory. The whole band must have had 50 or more guitars on stage and switched regularly as they went from song to song. And Mayer himself came out and played acoustic guitar for a few songs during an encore and blew us away with that as well. The fact that he can move so seamlessly between different guitars and mediums (acoustic to electric and back again) blew my mind.
So again, if you get a chance to see John Mayer live, I’d take it if you even remotely like his music. He played songs from all of his popular albums and the only song he missed was Daughters (my wife loves that song).
We definitely went home as happy concert-goers.
Until next time…