September 8th, 2010
03:13 PM ET
You’re an internationally renowned musician, in the middle of a tour - what do you do on a rare off night?
For John Mayer, the answer was easy as he prepared for a show on his “Battle Studies” tour in Atlanta: Go back to where it all started.
Tuesday night Mayer tweeted around 10:30 p.m., “Atlanta people! Lets jam out at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. 11:30pm. Heading over now.” By the time it hit 11:30 p.m. the line wrapped around the block and down the street for a rare 21+ show for only $10.
Eddie’s Attic is where it all started for Mayer a decade ago when he was a struggling musician, so the surprise show was a homecoming of sorts. At one point Mayer couldn’t remember the lyrics to an old song and asked if there were any “super fans” in the audience who could help him with the words.
Regarding musical plans for the future, the Grammy winner lamented he was thinking of changing it up and may move towards folk music, saying “it’s the antidote to pop.”
Naturally, he touched on the pesky tabloids and his penchant for saying exactly what's on his mind, warning the crowd he didn’t want to see any of his ramblings on YouTube the next day. “I think a man deserves to drink a little whiskey…with his friends, talk a little garbage," Mayer said.
The hundreds who got inside, watched on a patio television, or were forced to sing along with speakers on the sidewalk, were more than happy to let him.
"Can't explain the fullness in my heart from returning to Eddie's Attic. My launching pad," Mayer later tweeted. "I'm so moved."
Did anyone else catch the show?
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