In 2005, John Mayer formed the new band John Mayer Trio, with Steve Jordan playing drums and Pino Palladino playing bass. Steve has worked with musicians such as Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stone, while Pino worked with Jeff Beck and The Who. The band's first appearance was on the Tsunami Aid Benefit where they performed 'Bold As Love', then the following month at the Grammy's.
"Steve and I had been doing sessions together, and we were scheduled to do the Tsunami Aid benefit. So Steve said, 'I know who we can get—Pino Palladino.' I said, 'I'd love to play with Pino.' Pino came and we rehearsed Jimi Hendrix's 'Bold as Love' for the benefit. And something happened that I had hoped my entire life would happen, which is that thing about how a band got together for the first time, and everyone in the room just knew there was something special. When it became me, Steve and Pino, it became this whole different thing. That set me off on a writing streak; the challenge was, 'here's this great band - now what are you gonna do with it?' So I went and wrote from a whole new place. So it became a band."
"I know what I'm getting into. I know for me to get onstage and play blues music, a lot of people aren't going to like the look of that. Basically, it's like wearing a target. But you get to a point where you need to try to get where you want to get." -John Mayer