John Mayer Covers ‘Deal’ In Chicago


John Mayer closed out a two-night stand at the United Center in Chicago on Thursday and for the second concert in a row included a Grateful Dead cover. After performing “Fire On The Mountain” on Wednesday, Mayer led his band through “Deal” on Thursday.

The Dead & Company guitarist’s second ever rendition of “Deal” at one of his own shows came at the end of last night’s first set. Mayer kicked off the frame “Helpless” from his most recent album, The Search For Everything. He then reached for “Vultures” from 2005’s Continuum, “Who Says” off 2009’s Battle Studies and “Wildfire” from 2013’s Paradise Valley before returning to The Search For Everything for “Love On The Weekend.”

Thursday’s opening frame continued with a run of “Dreaming With A Broken Heart,” “Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey” and “Changing.” One of the biggest surprises of the night came within “Waiting On The World To Change,” when Mayer and his band worked in a portion of Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues” before the “Deal” that ended the set. The second set began with an acoustic segment of “Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967,” “Your Body Is A Wonderland” and “Free Fallin.'” From there, John and his band worked through more career-spanning material such as “Rosie,” “Why Georgia,” “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room” and “Dear Marie.” The guitarist encored with “Gravity” from his John Mayer Trio days and recent single “New Light.”

Watch a clip of Mayer’s “Deal” solo captured by Christopher Burns:

Here’s two more videos of “Deal” posted by thebillprause and jhuff6129, respectively:


John Mayer at United Center

  • Helpless
  • Vultures
  • Who Says
  • Wildfire
  • Love on the Weekend
  • Dreaming With a Broken Heart
  • Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey
  • Changing
  • Waiting on the World to Change  
  • Deal  
Set Two
  • Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967
  • Your Body Is a Wonderland
  • Free Fallin'  
  • Edge of Desire
  • Rosie
  • Why Georgia
  • If I Ever Get Around to Living
  • In the Blood
  • The Beautiful Ones  
  • Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
  • Still Feel Like Your Man
  • Half of My Heart
  • Dear Marie
  • Gravity
  • New Light

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