On Wednesday night, John Mayer continued his ongoing European tour with a performance at Dublin, Ireland’s 3Arena. The evening took on a special air of significance as it fell on Mayer’s 42nd birthday.
Mayer’s band didn’t take long to acknowledge the day’s significance onstage in Dublin. After opening the show with “Belief”, the band took a moment to lead the crowd in a “Happy Birthday to You” sing-along. The first set continued from there with “I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)”, “Who Says”, “Something Like Olivia”, “In the Blood”, “Waitin’ on the Day”, “Moving On and Getting Over”, “Changing”, recent release “Carry Me Away”, and “Edge of Desire”.
John Mayer had a surprise in store for the Irish crowd when he took the stage solo with an acoustic guitar for his second set of the night. After explaining, “I’m just gonna play this from the heart ‘cus it makes me happy and it’s one of my favorite songs in the world” before launching into his first-ever live rendition of Bruce Springsteen‘s “Tougher Than The Rest”. Dublin music fans are very familiar with Springsteen, who frequently stops in the Irish capital while on tour. You can read our review of Springsteen’s May 2016 stadium show in Dublin here.
Watch a video of John Mayer covering Bruce Springsteen in Dublin below:
John Mayer – “Tougher Than The Rest” [Bruce Springsteen cover, Live debut] – 10/16/19
[Video: Steven Johnston]
The second set continued with performances of “In Your Atmosphere”, “Neon”, “Helpless”, “Vultures”, “Why Georgia”, “Born and Raised”, “Rosie”, “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”, “The Age of Worry”, “Waiting on the World to Change”, and “Dear Marie”. For his encore, Mayer delivered renditions of fan-favorite “Gravity” and recent hit “New Light”.
John Mayer’s European tour will wrap up on Friday, October 18th with a performance at Manchester Arena in Manchester, U.K. After that, he’ll head back to the States for a Fall Fun Run with Dead & Company beginning on Halloween Night at New York’s Madison Square Garden. For a full list of upcoming John Mayer dates, head here.
Enjoy a gallery of photos from John Mayer’s birthday show in Dublin below courtesy of photographer Matthew Rea.
Setlist: John Mayer | 3Arena | Dublin, Ireland | 10/16/19
Set One: Belief, Happy Birthday to You, I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You), Who Says, Something Like Olivia, In the Blood, Waitin’ on the Day, Moving On and Getting Over, Changing, Carry Me Away, Edge Of Desire
Set Two: Tougher Than the Rest*, In Your Atmosphere, Neon, Helpless, Vultures, Why Georgia, Born and Raised, Rosie, Slow Dancing in a Burning Room, The Age of Worry, Waiting on the World to Change, Dear Marie
Encore: Gravity, New Light
*Bruce Springsteen cover, John Mayer live debut