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John Mayer's secret acoustic show in Tampa: Here's how it went down




According to Sean Daly, John Mayer's concert Friday at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre was a smashing success. (Click here for a review.) But it wasn't Mayer's only performance Friday in Tampa Bay.

Yes, as we told you weeks ago, Mayer was to stop by the Best Buy Musical Instruments Theatre at Clear Channel's headquarters in Tampa Friday afternoon for a short acoustic set in front of about 50 lucky fans. This was a rare show -- Mayer is the biggest star to pay the new studio a visit, and we're told this was one of only three such radio showcases he's performed on this tour.

Security at the station was super-tight: No press, no cameras, no cell phones. (With the way Mayer tends to go off script in nearly every public situation, can you blame his handlers?) But now that 93.3-FLZ has posted video of the show on their website, we can analyze the performance and see if Mayer once again opened his Stupid Mouth.

Over the course of a half hour, Mayer took requests and did four of his most popular songs: Who Says, Slow Dancing In A Burning Room, Half Of My Heart and Your Body Is A Wonderland. Mayer performed solo, tuning his own guitar when it went off-key during Half Of My Heart, and cracked wise with fans between songs.

As best as we can tell, he didn't get too controversial during the set, which was streamed live online (it was edited out of the videos that are now posted online). A few lines here and there that fell flat, but for the most part he came across as charming as one might expect. He seemed to feel bad about one joke about getting high, after he saw that there was a young girl in the room. But hey -- it wouldn't be a John Mayer concert if he didn't say something he would later regret.

If you liked John Mayer's concert Friday night in Tampa, you should check out the video from Friday afternoon. Click here to watch.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Radko Keleman, Clear Channel Communications, Inc.

[Last modified: Monday, September 13, 2010 1:03pm]


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