We’ve seen John Mayer cavorting on both coasts with Katy Perry and lingering in the darkness at 30 Rock in recent months, but we haven’t heard much from his infamous mouth. Over the last two years, Mayer has struggled with a granuloma that stalled his live act completely, forcing him to cancel last year’s SXSW appearance and ultimately scrap his tour. Mayer first experienced trouble in April 2011 and underwent surgery in September before a doctor-recommended “indefinite” hiatus led to the release of Born and Raised with no live support. After several ups and downs he’s been making a slow return to the stage, playing guitar in support of his “bro” Frank Ocean during SNL‘s season premiere in September, as well as hitting November’s Stand Up for Heroes benefit in New York this fall.
2013 appears to be the start of some better news (on the music front at least; we wish you all the best with KP), however, with Mayer making the final push towards being tour-ready once and for all. Yes, we no longer have to survive on guitar faces, gossip columns and his contributions to the accessories department at Bloomie’s: the voice is back! Getting there, at least. The seven-time Grammy winner appeared at the Livingston Town Proper in Bozeman, Montana on Wednesday night, singing “Speak For Me” to a beyond jazzed crowd. “Lower your expectations,” he joked in between exuberant screams from many happy to see him sing live for the first time in 10 months. “I’ll do my best… but I’m gonna try, I’m gonna try.”
“And we’re back,” Mayer’s official Twitter account–which is sadly more of a promotional vessel these days, instead of a filter-free extension of his thought process–posted following the performance. In addition to Wednesday’s return, Mayer is featured on the recently announced lineup for New Orleans Jazzfest 2013. Welcome back, John! We’re going to run through the halls of our high school (that we no longer attend, and haven’t for a long time) in celebration. Now spill the beans on Katy Perry.
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