John Mayer Lights Up A Packed Hollywood Bowl

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There is much more to John Mayer's sound than 2009 stoner anthem, "Who Says" and his 2002 classic, "Your Body is A Wonderland." But explaining that to your unimpressed friends, however, is no menial task.

johnmayerweb3John Mayer hit the Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl, recently, on his Born and Raised 2013 World Tour. Honoring his newest release, Paradise Valley, along with his previous five records, Mayer performed over two hours of jaw-dropping, guitar-fueled music at its highest caliber.

Along with performing some fan favorites, the guitar virtuoso also included a Grateful Dead cover and an homage to Stevie Wonder with a guitar rendition of "Part-time Lover."

Mayer kept the banter to a minimum, but singled out a birthday-girl holding a sign, a 10-year-old fan in the front row and his throat doctor in attendance. The show was Mayer's first return to the Bowl since his vocal injury in 2010 and explained his undying love and appreciation for his doctor and how, without him, Mayer may have never been able to return to the stage.

One-time American Idol winner Phillip Phillips (pictured below) opened the evening with various tracks including his smash single, "Home," a few 50-cent and Eminem covers and a lot of energy.

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Photos by Jim Donnelly

Words by Andy Mesecher

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