January 18th, 2013
12:20 PM ET
John Mayer sings live for a good cause
It looks like John Mayer's season of silence is coming to a close.
The 35-year-old singer/songwriter took the stage in Bozeman, Montana on Wednesday night as part of a benefit concert for the nearby town of Livingston. Firefighters there fought against a blaze this past summer "that destroyed more than 8,500 acres of forest and farmland in and around Livingston," according to Mayer's website.
The performance marked his first time singing in concert since April 1, 2011.
During his performance, he recalled that in April, 2011, "I was making the 'Born & Raised' record and I was playing somewhere and I realized that the sound of my voice sounded like my body was a radio dial and somebody knocked it, it was like half off the station ..."
He went to see a doctor, and by that fall, Mayer had to cancel concerts due to a granuloma, which he subsequently underwent surgery to remove. Although he was hopeful to be on the mend as he released his album "Born & Raised" in May 2012, that March he had to take an indefinite performing hiatus when the granuloma grew back. In September, he underwent surgery once again.
"So it's been a crazy couple of years," Mayer said Wednesday. But encouragingly, "I went to the doctor about a couple weeks ago, and he looked at my throat and the thing is gone," he said to whistles and cheers.
"Lower your expectations," he told the crowd. "I still have this chemical that they shot through my neck a couple times, so that's going to take a while to get rid of, so it's not going to sound like it normally sounds. But I'm going to sing some songs for you tonight. I will do my best. I'm working with a limited palette here, but I'm going to try."
His return to singing live brought in a hefty donation for the evening's cause, as the event raised more than $100,000 to help the local firefighters who stood against the flames.
“Without the tireless effort and dedication of the firefighters of the Pine Creek Fire, many more homes and memories would have been destroyed, mine among them," Mayer said in a statement on his website. "I wasn’t in town when the fire broke out and I’ve always wished I could do my part to help, the way so many in the community did. Putting on a concert to raise some money for the departments is the least I can do for a town and a community that has welcomed me with open arms.”
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how hard we're laughing also.
I laughed so hard when I saw this quote because it made me think about his girlfriend, Katy Perry. The fact that she's dating him proves that you can marry Russell Brand and still be able to lower your expectations even more.
i'm sure nobody every will–
he is very arroqant and conceited and he was nasty in his statements about Jessica Simpson and Aniston as well. He has an imaqe of beinq a real jerk . In fact, it has ruined his career. so now he is playinq the 'sympathy' card sayinq his poor little throat hurts. what a joke. i wouldnt qo to his show if you paid me.....and i hope nobody else does either, he just isn't a nice man
John mMayer would never invite those 2 bimbos anywhere–way too much embarrasment for the performer.
there she is....
Way to go John mMayer. You new album is the best I have heard in years.
looks like a guy suffering from depression. There is a deeply sad and empty look in his eyes......no wonder he dates the Perry woman. He needs the controversy. What a mess their personal lives must be......all fake !
First he looks depressed then it's all fake. Ok.
lmao @ he needs the controversy. For what exactly?
let's move foreward...
i don't count..next rain storm..gene kelly...got it?
bad audience exposure...didn't look good for that pig mariah at alll...details later...
leaving comments. bye!
is very macho inside ...i would love to see his show.
I want to see you in concert...he looks good with long hair and he's soooooo much more hot then before...
Madonna wants to go to the show...
When can i see him concert...geeze
Close your eyes..John Mayer knows what to do....Enjoy...
what can madonna do in person...think.
why did you allow her to do that too me?
Is that fella a hippie? He's got long hair like one o those hippie guys. We saw one once when on vacation in Florida.
haven't seen him in awhile.
Ratings will move up and the season takes off.
"American Idol" kicked off its 12th season on Wednesday night with a 19% decline in viewers.
I wonder if the AI producers still think that Minaj clown is awesome? Us in the US think she is trash.
next year, it will be 100 % decline.