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Last day for John Mayer/Citi #BkLovesMayer contest

Published November 26, 2013 by ChasingJohnMayer

Just a quick reminder you have until midnight EST to get you photos of “who or what you love” on to Instagram to qualify for the flyaway getaway! That’s just under 90 minutes from right now! Don’t forget to hashtag #bklovesmayer !
It’s a great contest & supposedly John Mayer is choosing the winner himself!
Good Luck Lovies!

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John MAyer contest from Billboard!!! What I wouldn’t give!

Published November 13, 2013 by ChasingJohnMayer

Below is a link to the latest John Mayer giveaway!!! This one is inspired by John Mayer’s new single Who You Love & is a pretty big deal! Winner gets 2 tickets, a meet & greet, airfare, & 2 night hotel stay to go see JM in Brooklyn, NY on December 17. How freaking awesome is that?!?!? I’m so flabbergasted I can’t even come up with something to say besides awesome.  Sorry,  I’m fucking lame!

So read the deets & get your entries in! you have until November 26, 2013 to show Billboard.com & John Mayer Who you love! Good luck!  Morgan & I are hard at work coming up with ideas!  Wish us luck!
Sorry Europe, you’ve got to be in the U.S. , but you just had him!!!!!

http://www.billboard.com/bklovesmayer

John Mayer set list for the Jones Beach Theater in Long Island 8-28-13

Published September 8, 2013 by ChasingJohnMayer

Here’s the set list for the Jones Beach Theater. Steve Jordan, who is the drummer for the John Mayer Trio made a special appearance & played with John & the band. Unfortunately, we tried to get there, but the powers that be wouldn’t have it.

Queen of California
Paper Doll
Something Like Olivia
Dear Marie
Half of My Heart
Waiting on the Day
Who Says
Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
LA Song
Free Falling
Wildfire
Vultures
I Don’t Trust Myself
Call Me the Breeze
If I Ever Get Around to Living
Age of Worry
Born and Raised
Gravity
Lost at Sea
Waiting on the World to Change

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John Mayer – Bethel Woods 8-20-13

Published August 22, 2013 by ChasingJohnMayer

My deepest apologies for being so late with this blog entry.  Life has been a bit crazy as of late especially with my injury to deal with now.  But here we go…

 

Bethel Woods, NY was our 4th time seeing John Mayer in the last 2 weeks! Of course he was excellent as always! He kept his banter to a minimum as has been his recent practice, but he definitely appeared to be “in the zone.” He seemed to be in great spirits as would be expected with all the history of Woodstock surrounding him! The gods of rock must have been smiling down on him. He certainly seemed more connected with the crowd than at our previous show in Darien Lake. Affect wise, he seemed to be an almost different person!  Paradise Valley was released today!  Did this possibly have something to do with John’s apparent positive vibe?  Perhaps, or perhaps our handsome young minstrel is a tad bit moody and tends to wear his emotions on his sleeve?  I suppose moody and emotional are good qualities if one is to be troubadoring (I am well aware this is not a real word, but guess what?  It is now in the ChasingJohnMayer dictionary) around the world enticing young ladies (and old ones too!)  Therefore,  I have decided to absolve Mr. Mayer of his sin of moodiness from time to time so long as it is not all the time!

 

If you’ve never been to a concert at Bethel Woods and you have the opportunity it is a great place to see a show! It’s well taken care of with very nice landscaping & comfy, roomy seats. Next to the DTE Energy Center in Detroit it was the nicest of the theatres we’ve been to thus far.

 

There were as is expected a few things that kind of sucked. First off it’s a super long walk from just the entrance to the amphitheater. Thank God we paid for the VIP parking! Loads of venders and concession along the way make the trip down the hill to the seating area not such a bad trek, however, once the show is finished and you’ve danced all night and then you’re having to make the journey back up the hill is when one might ask, WTF was I thinking? lol Even that wouldn’t be so bad, but lets not forget I’m hobbling on a seriously injured knee. The smoking section is limited so after the show was over I walked up to the designated smoking area and parked my fanny b/c I was in need of a nicotine fix and was chased away by the security people and I’m not even sure why. It wasn’t like we were loitering for 2 hours. oh well! That reminds me of another issue. The staff, now I’m talking about the ones with the “event security” shirts on, they don’t work for JM, they work for the venue and at every show I’ve ever been to in my life these people seem so miserable! The ones up there at Bethel Woods had to be the worst! I have no doubt that constantly redirecting people back to their seats and out of isles does get old, but if you’re a music lover wouldn’t you at least enjoy the music, the idea of being so close to the musicians? To me personally, this would be an awesome job!!!! If you’re not a music lover why would you even have a job like that? The only happy “employees” were the old volunteers. The museum itself is staffed with volunteers and runs off donations. In random areas were the (most often times) elderly volunteers who you just know were at Woodstock back in 1969 were so friendly and welcoming! They were great! It’s too bad the rest of the staff wasn’t so enthusiastic! By the way the museum is great too!

 

Now with all that said and done the music was fantastic!  Always is, but (and isn’t there always a but?) John we wish you’d change it up a little more.  We completely understand that you’re anxious to play the new stuff and we’re glad to hear it, but there are so many different new and old songs we’re all dying to hear.  It does seem JM’s falsetto has been returning a great deal just in the couple of weeks we’ve been seeing him.  He makes it a point to “show off” a bit of it while he’s playing.  So why then not change it up some?  There are several songs off Born and Raised that we never hear:  Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey, Walt Grace, Shadow Days.   And why John are we always hearing Slow Dancing, Who Says, Waiting on the World to Change, Half of My Heart, I Don’t Trust Myself, Gravity, and Vultures?  (Vultures, Gravity, & Slow Dancing are a few of my favorites), but there are sooooooo many more to choose from!  Morgan and I continue to run to the tour app every morning to see the setlist from the night before and it appears that when he does throw in something different it’s always at a show we didn’t see!  How incredibly frustrating!!!!  We love anything JM plays, but it be cool to hear him change it up and really go crazy some night!

On a side note, we didn’t have the best seats for this show.  We were very far off to the right side of the stage so no good pics or videos, but at one point when everyone was quiet Morgan let out one piercing, tumultuous scream.  It just happened to be at the right time that it made it sound that much louder and believe it or not John Mayer himself even commented on that yell!  lol  So far we’ve done pretty freaking good at getting his attention in some way or another at most of the shows, but this was just hilarious!  Everyone around us turned to look at her!   Well everyone that didn’t leave because they were pissed that we were standing up dancing.  What douchebag goes to any concert, sits in the 4 row and doesn’t expect the people around them to stand up?!?!   That part kind of made me angry!

 

All in all it was another smashing performance by all involved!  Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’re going to be meeting John Mayer.  He doesn’t seem to be socializing with fans very much.  Maybe he’ll be out and about at the Allentown Fair on the 27th?  We can only hope and pray!!!!    Tomorrow we’re off to Camden, NJ! (after I get an MRI done on this knee)  We can’t wait!!! Each one is just as fun and exciting as the first time!  What’s going to happen on August 28th comes?  We won’t know what to do with ourselves!

See the setlist from 8-20-13 below:

 

WildFire

Half of my Heart

Waiting on the Day

Fool to Love you

Who Says

I want you

Waiting on the World to Change

Stop this Train

Queen of California

Paperdoll

I don’t trust Myself

Dear Marie

On the Way Home

Age of Worry

Born and Raised

Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad

Vultures

Gravity  (the tour app has the last song wrong)

 

Off to John Mayer at Woodstock

Published August 20, 2013 by ChasingJohnMayer

So excited I could barely get any sleep last night! Ugh. Today is our 4th John Mayer show! We’re half way through our chase with no signs of actually meeting John Mayer which stinks, but we’re having a great time!

Hope everyone got a chance to see JM live on Letterman last night! He put Ina terrific show!!!! I had no idea he was going to play that long. My only real complaint was the crowd! How boring were they? Morgan and I were like, “WTH is wrong with that bunch of deadbeats?!?” We were more into at home than they were to be seeing him live (and for free!).

Today we’re off to Bethel Woods, NY. You know, where Woodstock was held!!! Should be some fantastic vibes up there! Lots of “Rock Gods” looking down to bless those who play there! No doubt in my mind its going to be phenomenal!!!!

Think we might leave a bit early & hit the museum before the show! It really is an awesome place. If you’ve never been there & are close I highly suggest it! The museum runs on donations!! It’s an amazing part of music’s history!

Have a rockin day!

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John Mayer @ Darien Lake, front row!

Published August 14, 2013 by ChasingJohnMayer

Our 3rd time seeing John Mayer in a span of 2 weeks proved to be considerably different than the previous shows. Performance wise it was fantastic, but there are some other factors that were not as smashing.

First, I personally did not like the Darien Lake Music Center! Neither did my daughter. We drove almost 5 hours and starting from the beginning we were disappointed in the venue. We had VIP tickets and it wasn’t easy to figure out where the VIP entrance was. Of course this made navigating with my hurt knee that much worse. Then the ladies at the gates really took their jobs seriously. They were digging through purses and patting people down. I was kind of like, are you freaking kidding me? They ended up making my daughter walk all the way back to the car to get rid of our video recorder and her Nikon camera, because no videos and no detachable lens cameras. Which is really a moot point nowadays, isn’t it? With smart phones and Ipads people are all around taking videos and pics . But whatever, she was pretty pissed and it definitely started the night on a wrong note, pardon the pun.

The Music Center is all open and the seats were not at much of an incline therefore, the stage had to be elevated so people could see. This kind of ripped us off in the front row, because you were constantly looking up and a lot of the show you couldn’t see. Whenever John stepped back from his mic my daughter couldn’t see him at all. Not to mention we had a big security fellow standing right in front of us the whole show who had to stand right up against the barrier and block my poor Morgan. As if this place couldn’t get any more ridiculous they allow the press to stand in the way FOREVER!!!!!! I am not joshing you when I say, “Almost the entire time Phillip Phillips was on stage the press were standing on their foot stools blocking anyone sitting or standing in the very front.” See the previous info about the stage being so high and having to look up. Well when you looked up all you saw was photographer’s asses! Fortunately, John Mayer plays much longer so we weren’t blocked for the whole show, but still a good portion of the beginning of his show was also ruined by press. Now I’m all for publicity and letting the press get some shots, but seriously, they weren’t limited at all. Do they have any fucking clue how much money I spent on those tickets? Of course they don’t and they don’t give a rat’s ass either, but let me just say they might cover one of the tickets if they sold a kidney! Anyway, to say it was a truly harrowing beginning to the night would not be an understatement.

John Mayer’s performance was phenomenal as per usual! He kind of acknowledged my daughter while she was jumping up and down he was standing right in front of her and started jumping with her. lol He gave a little speech about how he’s happy people can connect with his music. He played a total of 20 songs including new ones like Paper Doll and Dear Marie and some crowd favorites, Gravity and Vultures. And he did so with the ease and fervor with which we have come to expect from his performances! In essence, HE ROCKED! but…I’m not sure what was going on inside his mind. He didn’t seem “happy.” With that being said, when he has a guitar in his hand I believe he is as comfortable as he can ever be, but he seemed “off” maybe. There was a bit of chit chat, but not nearly as much as we’ve heard from him previously. He smiled and made everyone feel his “love.” lol Still something that I am unable to put my finger on didn’t seem quite right. He never threw out the one “I Love You Too” that he’s become so well known for. I thought this was odd. But what was even more bizarre was at the end of the show after the encore where he normally bows with the entire band everyone just walked off stage. Now I’m not saying he didn’t say thank yous, because he did. We just thought it odd they didn’t all bow. He also didn’t throw out his guitar picks. He doesn’t go through that many throughout the show and we’ve seen him throw the remainders out at the end. Nothing! Kind of sad for anyone out there hoping to get her little hands on something JM touched as a little memento.

On a side note, my daughter bought him a rose. She carried it in and finally got it up on stage and she was a bit hurt that he didn’t even pick it up or acknowledge it. I’ve not really seen anything thrown up there before so I don’t know how he’d normally react, but since it was one flower he could have made it look like he appreciated the gesture. I hope his new ‘more sophisticated” self doesn’t start taking for granted all these young fans who adore him. That would be a shame!

Granted these strange behaviors at the end of the show didn’t make or break the concert. It was still a terrific show and we had the time of our lives!!!!! But, it leaves those of us who have seen him before wondering, “What gives?” We see the reports of him being out with Katy Perry the night before in NYC and it leaves many to speculate was it a late night? Perhaps too late? or was there something else? Things that make you go hmmmmm? It should be noted that last night was the first time he’s played A Face To Call Home last in several shows. The last 2 shows didn’t even see the song played at all. And while we don’t know that this song was written “for” Ms. Perry we do know that he made heartfelt references to her during his first show before playing it and since then people have been referring to it as “his song for Katy.” And that is all well and good. Whether it is or isn’t really isn’t my concern, but I do hope she is not the reason for his odd behavior last night.

Of course we love him and pretty much always will unless he singles out my daughter or me to insult. We certainly wouldn’t be spending all this time and money if we didn’t adore him and his music! Now I’m finished with that rant. Here’s the setlist from last night at Darien Lake!

Wildfire
Half of My Heart
Vultures
Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
Dear Marie
Fool to Love You
Something Like Olivia
Born and Raised
Stop this Train
Free Falling
Queen of California
Who Says
If I Ever Get Around to Living
Waiting on the World to Change
Age of Worry
Can’t Find My Way Home
Gravity
I Don’t Trust Myself
Face to Call Home