John Mayer Debuts Bruce Springsteen Cover In Dublin

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John Mayer celebrated his birthday by debuting a Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday night at 3Arena in Dublin. Mayer performed Springsteen’s “Tougher Than The Rest” to kick off his second set last night.

The guitarist and his band opened Wednesday’s concert with “Belief.” Next, the band false-started a song they turned into a crowd-sung “Happy Birthday To You” in honor of Mayer’s 42nd birthday. “What is so funny about that is that [the band] has given me the birthday present of my worst nightmare which is beginning the wrong song,” John exclaimed following the birthday celebration. “For a good four seconds I was in complete abject misery.”

Mayer emerged with acoustic guitar in hand to begin the second set with a solo rendition of “Tougher Than The Rest.” The guitarist explained, “I’m not a big birthday guy but since it’s my birthday I’ll play a song I really want to play.” He went on to tell the crowd, “I will not take this song forward in any way but it’s one of my favorite songs.” Bruce Springsteen originally released “Tougher Than The Rest” on his 1987 album, Tunnel Of Love. “I’m just going to play this from the heart because it makes me happy and it’s one of my favorite songs,” Mayer added before starting the cover.

The guitarist followed the Springsteen cover with acoustic versions of “In Your Atmosphere” and “Neon.” Mayer then led his band through a series of electric songs that included “Vultures,” “Why Georgia,” “Born & Raised” and “Dear Marie.” For the encore, John Mayer said farewell with “Gravity” and “New Light.” John concludes the tour on Friday night in Manchester.

Watch fan-shot video captured by Joel Kell of “Tougher Than The Rest” below:

Here’s fan-shot video captured by Justyna Podolec of “Happy Birthday To You” below:

Setlist

John Mayer at 3Arena

Set 1
  • Belief
  • Happy Birthday to You  
  • I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)
  • Who Says
  • Something Like Olivia
  • In the Blood
  • Waitin' on the Day
  • Moving On and Getting Over
  • Changing
  • Carry Me Away
  • Edge of Desire
Set 2
  • Tougher Than the Rest  
  • In Your Atmosphere  
  • Neon  
  • Helpless
  • Vultures
  • Why Georgia
  • Born and Raised
  • Rosie
  • Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
  • The Age of Worry
  • Waiting on the World to Change
  • Dear Marie
Encore
  • Gravity  
  • New Light

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