John Mayer sings live for a good cause
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.”

Filed under: Celebrities • John Mayer • Music

soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. you can't imagine..

    how hard we're laughing also.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Me

    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.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. i would never qo either.

    qood qod

    January 21, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nobody invited her

    i'm sure nobody every will–

    January 21, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. he's nasty

    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

    January 21, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your management-

      John mMayer would never invite those 2 bimbos anywhere–way too much embarrasment for the performer.

      January 21, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Start Reading...

    there she is....

    January 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jason McCann

    Way to go John mMayer. You new album is the best I have heard in years.

    January 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. alumette

    looks like a guy suffering from depression. There is a deeply sad and empty look in his wonder he dates the Perry woman. He needs the controversy. What a mess their personal lives must be......all fake !

    January 21, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ready to bury hatchet ...lets roll..

    let's move foreward...

    January 21, 2013 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lenny?

    i don't rain storm..gene it?

    January 19, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. huge weekend...

    bad audience exposure...didn't look good for that pig mariah at alll...details later...

    January 19, 2013 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. No reason too be here..

    leaving comments. bye!

    January 19, 2013 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. I'm sensing John Mayer

    is very macho inside ...i would love to see his show.

    January 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Come On John...

    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...

    January 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gee i wish i could see the John Mayer Show

    When can i see him concert...geeze

    January 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Madonna

    Close your eyes..John Mayer knows what to do....Enjoy...

    January 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  17. madonna can do that like this...

    what can madonna do in person...think.

    January 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  18. I'm right in front of you....


    January 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  19. why did you do that

    why did you allow her to do that too me?

    January 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Will

    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.

    January 18, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  21. John Mayer

    haven't seen him in awhile.

    January 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Al producers like her...

    Ratings will move up and the season takes off.

    January 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Laquanda

    "American Idol" kicked off its 12th season on Wednesday night with a 19% decline in viewers.

    January 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      I wonder if the AI producers still think that Minaj clown is awesome? Us in the US think she is trash.

      January 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      next year, it will be 100 % decline.

      January 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |

Post a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

About this blog

Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.