John Mayer Honors Tom Petty At Tour Opener & Celebrates Birthday With Faux TED Talk

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One of the most poignant notes posted in the wake of Tom Petty’s death came from guitarist John Mayer. Last night John kicked off the South American leg of his Search For Everything tour and honored Petty as part of the show. Just two days earlier Mayer celebrated his birthday in a hilarious way.

October 16th was John’s birthday and he treated friends and family to an unusual event. John Mayer gave his version of a TED Talk in humorous fashion. “All I wanted for my birthday was to be surrounded by my incredible friends and family, and to bullshit my way through a fake TED talk on crazy topics that were revealed to me on the spot. I got both,” Mayer wrote on Instagram. The image John posted seems to show him talking about “Middle Child Syndrome.” Mayer also celebrated by starting a scholarship fund in honor of his dad, throwing a party aboard a yacht and purchasing a necklace featuring 40 diamonds.

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Wednesday night saw John Mayer perform at Allianz Parque in São Paulo, Brazil. The show kept to a similar format as the previous legs of the tour with a full band portion followed by acoustic segment, John Mayer Trio set and reprise of the full band. Mayer has been covering Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin'” for a long time and it has been a staple of the acoustic segment of his current tour. “This is the first time playing this song since we lost Tom Petty and we play this with all the love in the world for him. I wish this song was one I wrote. I play it like a little kid dreaming he had the song. It’s forever Tom Petty’s and I get to play it for you guys.”

Watch Tom Petty introduce “Free Fallin'”:

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Setlist

John Mayer at Allianz Parque

Chapter 1 Full Band
  • Helpless
  • Moving On and Getting Over
  • Something Like Olivia
  • Changing
  • Why Georgia / No Such Thing
Chapter 2 Acoustic
  • Emoji of a Wave
  • Daughters
  • Free Fallin'  
Chapter 3 Trio
  • Every Day I Have the Blues  
  • Cross Road Blues  
  • Who Did You Think I Was  
  • Vultures
Chapter 4 Full Band (Reprise)
  • Queen of California
  • In the Blood
  • Slow Dancing in a Burning Room  
  • Who Says
  • Dear Marie
Encore
  • Waiting on the World to Change
  • Gravity
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