John Mayer briefly interrupted his full-song concert at the Hollywood Palladium on Wednesday, his first since the start of the pandemic, to call for medical assistance after noticing a fan who appeared to be unconscious.
“Stop for a second,” Mayer told his band midway through a rendition of his song “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room.” He called for medics and left the stage for a few minutes while the fan received treatment and was escorted through the audience.
“Anyone in the crowd is worried, I’m told she’s up and she’s said goodbye,” Mayer said upon returning. “The system works.”
The incident happened about an hour into the show, which was part of the Small Stage series presented by SiriusXM and pandora and hosted by Andy Cohen. The show saw Mayer perform a range of hits, as well as songs from his latest album, “Sob Rock,” released in July.
After Mayer returned to the stage, he launched into an upbeat performance of his Grammy-winning song “Waiting on the World to Change” framed by sunset-colored lighting. The packed house seemed unfazed by the short medical diversion.
Performers have generally been more responsive to distressed fans since last November’s disastrous World of Astroworld, which saw Travis Scott’s headliner continue unabated even as hundreds were injured. , 10 fans eventually dying of their injuries. Mayer’s halfway break follows a similar break at a Billie Eilish concert in Atlanta on Saturday, when she stopped the show to help a distressed fan get an inhaler.
The seven-time Grammy winner’s talents were showcased during the show, with nearly every song featuring his acclaimed guitar skills, from a killer track added to his song “Shot in the Dark” to his riff-off with legendary keyboardist Greg Phillinganes on the keytar.
At one point, Mayer asked the crowd attending a concert for the first time since the pandemic, which was met with a subdued response. The crowd was mostly unmasked and took full advantage of the site’s multiple bars and photo opportunities, including a giant football helmet (presented by StateFarm) and a setup filled with yellow balloons (presented by Lays).
At the end of the show, Mayer left the stage and returned once again for an encore, closing the show with his 2018 single “New Light,” which ended with an explosion of white confetti.
The concert served as a preview for Mayer’s upcoming “Sob Rock” tour, which kicks off in Albany, New York, on February 17. He will be joined by the same band he played with on Wednesday, which includes Lenny Castro on percussion, Steve Ferrone on drums, David Ryan Harris on guitar and vocals, Jamie Muhoberac on keyboards, Pino Palladino on bass, Tiffany Palmer on vocals, Phillinganes on keyboards and vocals, Carlos Ricketts on vocals and Isaiah Sharkey on guitar. Mayer will also be joined on select dates by singer-songwriters Alexander 23 and Yebba, who recently released a cover of Mayer’s “Age of Worry.”
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