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John Mayer Announces Summer Tour, Previews New Song

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John Mayer in 2011. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

John Mayer in 2011. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

His recent split from Katy Perry isn’t slowing John Mayer down one bit. In a Google Plus Hangout with Billboard yesterday, Mayer announced a new tour – his first in three years – after battling throat issues for years that sidelined him from such major commitments.

“You don’t go crazy when you know you can’t,” he said of his past ailments. “… I wanted to get back here – this is what I was dreaming about night after night after night, so I’m so happy to be out of that wormhole.”

The 43-date tour is in support of Born and Raised, his May 2012 album that topped the Billboard 200 upon its release, running from July through the beginning October, according to Billboard.

Mayer promised “a lot of music” coming down the road, including new material on tour.

“Lately I am inspired by writing music for the stage – that can go 15 minutes if you want it to, or five minutes,” he said in the Hangout, speaking with Born and Raised producer Don Was. Watch the full video of Mayer’s Google+ Hangout below.

 

As if to silence any worry about whether or not he can perform these days, Mayer did four songs during the session – including a new tune, “Dear Marie.”

Mayer appears on the cover of the new issue of Billboard, out this week.

The singer-songwriter will play two April shows at the Tuscaloosa Ampitheater in Alabama and at JazzFest in New Orleans to warm up for the tour, the dates of which are below.

John Mayer Born & Raised Tour
July 6 – Milwaukee, Wisc. – Summerfest, Marcus Amphitheater
July 7 – Maryland Heights/St. Louis, Mo. – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 9 – Cincinnati, Ohio – Riverbend Music Center
July 10 – Bonner Springs, Kan. – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
July 12 – Woodlands, Texas – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 13 – Dallas, Texas – Gexa Energy Pavilion
July 16 – Morrison, Colo. – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 19 – Ridgefield, Wash. – Sleep Country Amphitheater
July 20 – George, Wash. – The Gorge
July 22 – Paso Robles, Calif. – California Mid State Fair
July 24 – Wheatland, Calif. – Sleep Train Amphitheatre at Sacramento
July 26 – Mountain View, Calif. – Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 27 – Irvine, Calif. – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Irvine
Aug. 6 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio – Blossom Music Center
Aug. 7 – Clarkston, Mich. – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 9 – Tinley Park, Ill. – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 10 – Noblesville, Ind. – Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 11 – Springfield, Ill. – Illinois State Fair
Aug. 13 – Darien, N.Y. – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 14 – Toronto, Ontario – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 16 – Hartford, Conn. – Comcast Theatre
Aug. 17 – Mansfield, Mass. – Comcast Center
Aug. 20 – Bethel, N.Y. – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug. 21 – Holmdel, N.J. – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 23 – Camden, N.J. – Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 24 – Virginia Beach, Va. – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Aug. 25 – Burgettstown, Pa. – First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 27 – Allentown, Pa. – The Great Allentown Fair
Aug. 28 – Wantagh, N.Y. – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 30 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 31 – Bristow, Va. – Jiffy Lube Live
Sept. 1 – Atlantic City, N.J. – Borgata Resort Spa and Casino Event Center
Sept. 4 – Charlotte, N.C. – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Charlotte
Sept. 5 – Raleigh, N.C. – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Sept. 7 – Tampa, Fla. – Live Nation Amphitheater at the Florida State Fairgrounds
Sept. 8 – West Palm Beach, Fla. – Cruzan Amphitheatre
Sept. 17 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Luna Park
Sept. 21 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Rock in Rio
Sept. 27 – Atlanta, Ga. – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Oct. 1 – Albuquerque, N.M. – Isleta Amphitheater
Oct. 2 – Phoenix, Ariz. – Desert Sky Pavilion
Oct. 4 – San Diego, Calif. – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Oct. 5 – Los Angeles, Calif. – Hollywood Bowl

- Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com

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