John Mayer Comes Home to Connecticut
John Mayer brings his Born and Raised tour home for the holidays and brings girlfriend Katy Perry to see his old haunts
Photograph: Chad Anderson/Webster Bank Arena
Musician John Mayer brought his Born and Raised tour –as well as his pop star girlfriend—home to Fairfield for the holidays and a special concert at Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena December 16.
For fans hoping the 36-year-old Fairfield High School graduate would celebrate his local roots, Mayer didn’t disappoint. His spirited homecoming concert, which featured a mix of his classic hits and songs from his latest CD Paradise Valley, included multiple references to the place where he was born (Bridgeport’s Saint Vincent’s Hospital) and raised (in the Stratfield section of Fairfield.)
“I just want to play my ass off for you tonight,” Mayer said as the arena crowd roared in appreciation.
Between sets that deftly fused his pop, rock and country sounds, the Grammy-winning performer confessed he’d given his girlfriend, pop star Katy Perry, a pre-concert tour of his hometown that included a drive up Black Rock Turnpike as well as pass by the Stratfield Avenue Mobil Station, where he worked after high school to support his musical ambitions. “I just showed my girlfriend that gas station,” he said, as the crowd went wild again.
Although his references to Perry fueled crowd speculation she might join Mayer at the arena to perform their duet Who You Love, she did not take the stage. Earlier in the day, the couple had appeared together on GMA to debut the song’s video.
Mayer later shared he also spent part of his hometown stop, visiting the street off Fairfield Woods Road where he spent his childhood and teen years admitting, “It’s not half as long as I imagined as a kid.” Mayer, who now lives in Montana, said he worried he seemed like a “freaky pedophile” staring at the house now occupied by another family, “but hey, I used to live there.”
He also performed a set on the used SRV Signature Stratocaster guitar he said he bought at nineteen with money he earned working at the Stratfield Mobil, telling the aspiring young musicians in the audience, “I want you to know you can buy a guitar down the street and play it on the biggest stages in the world.”
Before closing the concert in a two-song encore with his hit Gravity, Mayer took a moment to appreciate the gift of playing at home. “I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Even though I don’t know all of you, I feel like I do, because we’re from the same place.”
He tweeted, “Thank you, Bridgeport. We love you” shortly after the performance.
Mayer’s tour continues with a performance in Brooklyn, N.Y. tonight and moves onto Australia next year.