John Mayer rolled into Tokyo on Wednesday night for the first of two shows at Nippon Budokan in Japan’s capital city to close out his spring Australia/Asia tour. For this performance, Mayer brought out another world-famous pop star for a special collaboration: British singer-songwriter sensation Ed Sheeran.
Midway through his second of two sets, Mayer stepped to the microphone to introduce his guest, explaining, “I’ve had a chance to get to know this gentleman fairly well. He’s a lovely, lovely guy, one of the most talented artists I know in my life. And he’s graced us here with his presence tonight. Please welcome my friend, Ed Sheeran.”
With both Mayer and Sheeran on guitar, the band moved into a rendition of “Belief” from 2006’s Continuum. After trading verses and harmonizing on the song’s chorus, Mayer told the crowd that they would play one of Ed’s songs now before moving into “Thinking Out Loud”, off Sheeran’s Grammy-nominated 2014 album, x. You can check out a crowd-shot video and photos of the onstage collaboration below:
John Mayer with Ed Sheeran – “Belief” (Mayer), “Thinking Out Loud” (Sheeran) – Tokyo, Japan
[Video: Hiro Kamei]
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Following his solo tour closer in Tokyo tonight, April 11th, John Mayer will head back to the States to prepare for Dead & Company‘s 2019 summer tour, which kicks off on May 31st at Shoreline Amphitheatre on May 31st. For a list of Dead & Company’s summer tour dates, head here.