It looks like the John Mayer concert at the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum on the evening of Feb. 14 was more than an opportune Valentine's event for fans of blues-y singer-songwriter. The show has also become grist for the celebrity gossip mill, with a sighting of Jessica Simpson in the front row (and around town).
As described by one attendee:
Well I guess I had to see it for myself to truly believe it. There's no question anymore if John Mayer and Jessica Simpson are dating. I was just at his Madison, WI soundcheck and show? and sure enough she sat about 20 feet away from me. Word on the street, she's trying to make it very apparent to the world that they are dating.
There was more to the concert than simply the love lives of the headliner and his celebrity pop star girlfriend, though. Plenty of people enjoyed the music as well. Milwaukee tourism blogger Erin Nevicosi attended the show, writing that Mayer "just gets better and better." She describes the show:
He played a great mix of older stuff ("Comfortable," "Your Body is a Wonderland," "No Such Thing," "Bigger Than My Body") and new stuff ("Gravity," "Vultures," "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room," "Waiting on the World to Change") with a lot of jamming on his electric guitars in between.
In addition to those persons snapping photos of Simpson, there were at least a few attendees training their cameras towards the stage to capture video of the concert. Once of these clips features live concert video of Mayer playing "Comfortable," a fan favorite ballad from his 1999 EP Inside Wants Out. This along with several other clips from Wednesday night's show follow below.
Other video clips from the concert include a long look at Mayer playing "I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)" from his 2006 album Continuum, along with two minutes of the singer-songwriter jamming on his guitar.
"The concert was awesome," writes one fan. He writes:
The place was electric once John Mayer got on stage and he did a nice job of mixing in old songs with stuff from Continuum. Also, opening act Mat Kearney was surprisingly good, so that set the stage. One of the best things about the Mayer portion of the concert was his use of these awesome light panels behind stage, which really set off the music and made for an enjoyable experience.
"Say what you will about who he dates or why," writes another concert-goer, "the boy can play."