In the run-up to the release of his excellent new album “The Search for Everything” and the supporting tour stopping at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on Saturday, John Mayer has done the obligatory major-media interviews that attempt to hit control-alt-delete on a once-soaring career in dire need of a reboot.
In a New York Times profile enveloped by a mood of what sounds like sincere regret over a lowbrow, playboy past illustrated in career-crushing detail in twin 2010 interviews in Rolling Stone and Playboy, Mayer shed light on his new ambition. He wants to grow up, move forward, settle down, make big, memorable pop songs. And he really misses old flame Katy Perry.
A widely respected guitarist with a string of hits distinguished by their emotional vulnerability — including “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” “Daughters” and “Waiting on the World to Change” — and a new album acclaimed for more soul-baring courage, Mayer may forever be trailed by skepticism. He has earned it.
On Tuesday night, Mayer took a detour during a concert in Nashville to salute the memory of Glen Campbell with a rendition of one of the late singer-guitarist’s signature songs, “Gentle on My Mind.” In his lean and respectful performance it was easy to be reminded of Mayer’s unique gifts and see a future unshackled to “forgotten words and bonds,” as the song goes.
He introduced the tune by saying, “Whether I play it right or wrong, I'd rather have played it." Even the skeptics had to applaud.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12; the Night Game is the opening act
Where: BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise
Contact: 800-745-3000, Ticketmaster.com