Wednesday, December 30, 2009

John Mayer Trio at Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego-Update

The John Mayer Trio is currently performing at the Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego. Here is the blow by blow of songs as inputted and reported by fans from MSM and Heavier Octaves Radio on Twitter.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New Year's Eve with the John Mayer Trio: Las Vegas Retrospective Slideshow Link;Tweeting With Justin Siegel;Download Heartbreak Warfare Acoustic Version

As reported on the Tumblr "one forty plus." blog today:

To all patrons of the John Mayer Trio New Year’s Eve Concert,
I’ve decided that in order to add a little extra sass to the evening’s festivities, I am suggesting (though not requiring, obviously) you come in ‘black tie’ dress attire. (Think ‘Mad Men’ and then you’ll get the idea.) You should feel no pressure to make any purchases just for this night, but if you want to ring the new year in with refined elegance, the band will be dressed in our best suits and I’d love to stare out into the crowd and see what the old timers must have seen so many nights over in a Las Vegas room; men in their suits, women in their dresses, white gloves, hats…
I hope this idea excites you as much as it does me, and I can’t wait to ring in 2010 like it was 1970. Except everyone has cell phones. And gasoline.

See you there!

(finger gun,)


In a related tweet on December 21, 2009 at 6:02 p.m. John wrote:

Practicing for Trio shows. It's like training for a prize fight. Left forearm shuts down mid-tune if I don't keep conditioned. from Twittelator

Later that same day at 10:42p.m. to be exact, he exchanged tweets with Justin Seigel:

@johncmayer vocal with syrupy verb panned left, hi hat panned hard right. Mix complete. from Twitterrific in reply to johncmayer

@justinsiegel do one in mono! My next record comes in both versions. from Twittelator in reply to justinsiegel

Download  acoustic version of  "Heartbreak Warfare" here.

John Mayer VH1 Storytellers Episode to Air Thursday,January 28, 2010

NEW YORK, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- VH1, a unit of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) has announced the next installment of its critically-acclaimed Storytellers series with the premiere of "VH1 Storytellers: John Mayer," which premieres on VH1 on Thursday, January 28th at 8:00 PM*. The seven-time Grammy® Award-winning Mayer treated his fans to a rare and intimate performance, Thursday December 10th at Brooklyn's Steiner Studios. This exclusive performance features a showcase of his new album "Battle Studies" and gives fans a unique opportunity to learn more about the inspiration behind his music.
With the announcement of "VH1 Storytellers: John Mayer," VH1 today has also launched its new Storytellers site at The site is a place where artists and fans can share personal stories behind the songs and artists that they feel connected to and have been inspired by. Fans are encouraged to tell their story about the music that matters most to them by submitting a written testimonial or by uploading a video of themselves. Which artist is John Mayer inspired by? Go to to view John's video about George Harrison and his music.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

John Mayer Trio December 29, 2009 Concert to Benefit Miltary Outreach Ministry at Camp Pendleton and Veteran's Research Institute;XM/Sirius Spectrum Acoustic Set Download

John Mayer will be performing a benefit concert near the end out the year. The John Mayer Trio's Annual Holiday Revue  will  be held at the Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego, CA on December 29th. Come out and enjoy the blues rock sound of  John Mayer,Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan while supporting your favorite charity.

Get fantastic VIP Packages including front row tickets through Tickets-for-Charity® to hear John Mayer’s music at this special show. Each VIP Package includes a front row seat and a meet and greet opportunity and helps support some of the world’s most respected charities, including Camp Pendleton's Military Outreach Ministry( and NCIRE - The Veterans Health Research Institute ( For more information, go to Tickets-for-Charity which offers fans la chance to find great seats while supporting worthwhile causes.For more information,click here.

XM/SIRIUS Spectrum Radio Show Acoustic Set Download

John stopped by Spectrum Radio this past Wednesday, December 16,2009 to guest DJ and play acoustic versions of four (4) songs from his latest CD Battle Studies. He performed "Half of My Heart,"  "Heartbreak Warfare", "War of My Life" and "Who Says".  Download acoustic "Heartbreak Warfare" on Heavier Octaves Podcast radio here.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

John Mayer on SIRIUS XM's "Coffee House Live" and Spectrum;John Also Performs "Heartbreak Warfare" on Jay Leno ; From the Archives Heartbreak Warfare " Live" Download of the Day

 John Mayer takes control of   The Spectrum (SIRIUS channel 18 / XM channel 45) on today, December 16 at 6pm ET. Listen as he plays some of his favorite songs by other artists, and then grabs his guitar and plays some of his own.

 John will also visit SIRIUS XM’s “Coffee House Live” to perform songs from his latest CD, Battle Studies, on Thursday, December 17 at noon and midnight ET. Exclusively on the Coffee House – SIRIUS channel 30 and XM channel 51.

For more information and to get a Free Online Trial, visit         

John also performed "Heartbreak Warfare" from his new CD Battle Studies on the Jay Leno Show:

Of course, the version performed on Leno was great.  To listen to a live version of "Heartbreak Warfare", performed at a concert at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 16, 2009, click here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Alicia Keys' New Album -The Element of Freedom Released Today- Watch World AIDS Day Video; Text Alive Journey to Africa Contest;From the Archives: Alicia Keys Performs with John Mayer at Keep A Child Alive Black Ball

(more about TEXT ALIVE...)

Today marks the official release of Alicia Keys' new album, The Element of Freedom available in stores and most digital outlets.

On December 1, she teamed up with You Tube and streamed the following concert to raise money and awareness for AIDS in conjunction with World AIDS Day and to promote her new album. $2.4 Million has been raised.  Please visit  Keep A  Child Alive  for testimonials from AIDS survivors benefiting from the medicines made possible through the program. A total of 250,000 people have been served so far.

Check out the full length video of Alicia's concert below as well as  photos of the event.


From the Archives:

Making A Difference:Alicia Keys Teams with John Mayer in the Past on Katrina Relief and Keep A Child Alive Alicia Keys World AIDS Day Special On You Tube Tonight! ;Empire State of Mind Video; New Video: Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart

Alicia Keys Performs with John Mayer at Keep A Child Alive Black Ball,October 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

John Mayer Performs at Z100's Annual Jingle Ball Benefiting Food Bank For New York City; From the Archives "Crossroads"Performance With Eric Clapton in Bryant Park-NYC;Free Download of Live Version of Battle Studies "Crossroads" Music Hall of Williamsburg

John Mayer performed at the Z100 Jingle Ball last Friday evening,a popular annual holiday event put on by the New York radio station to raise money for charities. This year's selected organization to receive proceeds from the concert was the Food Bank For New York City.

Food Bank For New York City works to end hunger and increase access to affordable, nutritious food for low-income New Yorkers through a comprehensive group of programs that combat hunger and its causes. 

It's programs include:

Community Kitchen
Community Kitchen & Food Pantry of West Harlem

John performed several songs from his new release Battle Studies,including Heartbreak Warfare,  Half of my Heart (with Taylor Swift),Who Says and the classic blues tune Crossroads which he has performed in the past with the legendary Eric Clapton(See Archive Video below). He also included  Waiting on the World to Change and Say in the set.

Other artists performing included Usher with Justin Bieber,the new teen heart throb,Taylor Swift who sang "Half of My Heart" duet with John Mayer,past American Idol sensation, Jordin Sparks, Boys Like Girls,...

From the Archives:

John Mayer with Eric Clapton Performing Crossroads at Free Concert in Bryant Park- July 20,2007 in NYC:

A free download of a live "Battle Studies"  version of "Crossroads", which John performed at a free concert at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, November 16,2009, is in the Heavier Octaves Radio Podcast Archives at this link.

Related Posts:

Thursday, December 10, 2009 John Mayer Makes a Case to Stop Global Warming,Free Downloads of Mayer's Live Earth Performance John Mayer Makes a Case to Stop Global Warming

In light of the recent climate summit video and rumblings about maturity, the above blog post from the archives may heighten your perspective.Also,as an added bonus take a listen to Mayer's acclaimed "Live Earth" Concert performance on the Heavier Octaves podcast radio station at this link:

Climate Summit:EPA Wants to Legislate Greenhouse Gases; From the Archives:John Mayer Makes A Case To Stop Global Warming and Videos of Hot Live Earth Performances 7.7.07

On a related note,Live Earth was the largest concert event on the planet more than two years ago,July 7,2007. Dubbed a concert for a climate in crisis, a host of musical talent and celebrity appearance made it one of the most memorable music concerts of the decade. Heavier Octaves has some of the videos of the hottest performances. Also from the archives,check out how John Mayer weighed in on the global warming matter months before the concert concept came into existence.See a performance by Alicia Keys at this link.

Some of the musicians,including John Mayer,Bonnie Raitt, have kept the spirit of the Live Earth pledge alive by initiating and/or continuing their own environmental awareness projects in conjunction with their concert tours.Bonnie with Green Highway Project and Mayer with AKOG with the help of Reverb.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Battle Studies NEWSFLASH: John Mayer to Perform Intimate Concert for VH1 in Brooklyn, NY

On December 10th, John will perform and film an intimate concert for Vh1 in Brooklyn. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with John as part of this performance. Tickets are being offered to this performance to the biggest fans. To get in, send an email to and include the following information:

DOB (You must be at least 18):
Guest Name:
When and what turned you on to JM's music and made you a fan?:
Favorite JM song:
If you had the opportunity to ask John a question, what would it be? (You may submit 3):
A photograph of your favorite Mayer memory (Concert photos, ticket stubs, a shot of you and your friends at a show):

The show is scheduled to tape on Thursday, December 10th in NYC. Time is still TBD so be sure to make yourself available all day before submitting for tickets. Upon receiving your email, you will be contacted with all of the final details including venue and time, should you receive tickets!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Stevie Wonder Named UN Peace Messenger for Disability Awareness;From the Archives John Mayer and Stevie Wonder Perform "Waiting On the World to Change" at Nokia Theater DEC. 17,2007

          Stevie Wonder and Ambassador Rice

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has designated Grammy Award-winning songwriter and musician Stevie Wonder as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on people with disabilities.
In selecting Stevie Wonder for this designation, the Secretary-General said, “Our newest Messenger of Peace is someone who is admired by millions of people and has given back to millions of people. I recognize that he has consistently used his voice and special relationship with the public to create a better and more inclusive world, to defend civil and human rights and to improve the lives of those less fortunate. Stevie Wonder is a true inspiration to young people all over the world about what can be achieved despite any physical limitations.”

Stevie Wonder’s activism has been pivotal in United States and world events. In 1983, he spearheaded a campaign to make Martin Luther King Day a national holiday in the United States. He also advocated for ending apartheid in South Africa.

Stevie Wonder has been recognized for his philanthropic efforts which include the United States President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, Junior Blind of America and the creation of the Wonder Vision Awards Program. For over 10 years, he has provided toys for children and families in need with his annual House Full of Toys benefit concert.

His career as a recording artist has reflected his concern with humanitarian issues. He has written, produced and/or performed songs relative to charities in support of disabilities, aids, cancer, diabetes, hunger and homelessness, domestic abuse and many other causes on behalf of children and adults.(more...)

From the Archives

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Taylor Swift Profile;Free Download;From the Archives John Mayer Slams Dating Rumors (Lifts up Taylor Swift's Work Ethic)

Country princess,Taylor Swift, the soon to be 20 year old phenomenon has come "crashing in like the realest thing" ,to borrow a line from John Mayer's "Half of My Heart", a song on his fifth critically acclaimed studio release, "Battle Studies", featuring Swift on vocals. Swift has received numerous awards this year, twenty(20) and counting, including Country Music Awards (CMA's) coveted Entertainer of the Year Award and the Artist of the Year Award at the recent American Music Awards. To say Swift is on a roll would be a gross understatement.

 In the video clip profile above, Taylor Swift recognizes and appreciates her fans.  Their feedback inspires her and she realizes how encouraging and supportive that relationship can be.

For a free download of an extended live version of "Half of My Heart" click the title link above.The version featuring Ms. Swift is on the new CD. It is available online in most digital markets,including itunes,Amazon, Imeem and in record stores now.

From the Archives:

John Mayer Slams Dating Rumors

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Alicia Keys World AIDS Day Special On You Tube Tonight! ;Empire State of Mind Video; New Video: Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart

A reminder...Alicia Keys will be playing a benefit concert tonight in support of World AIDS Day 2009. The concert will be taking place at the Nokia Theatre in New York City and will be streaming live over YouTube in real time.

Proceeds from the New York benefit concert entitled “ALICIA KEYS Live! One night. One voice. One life at a time” will go to Key's own charity "Keep A Child Alive."

Keys will speak about her charity at the concert where she will perform some of her older hits and a selection of songs from her upcoming album "The Element of Freedom" that will be released December 15th. YouTube will be streaming her concert and encourages viewers to donate to Key's charity during the event. Watch her new video "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart", the latest single from her new album "The Element of Freedom":

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Alicia Keys Special World AIDS Day Concert Live from Nokia Theater to Benefit Keep A Child Alive;Free Music Download;From the Archives:Alicia Keys Continues Efforts to Heighten Perspectives About AIDS

Thirty Three (33) million people are infected with AIDS, a large percentage of them are children.

Alicia Keys will perform a special concert to benefit her organization Keep A Child Alive on World AIDS Day, Tuesday, December 1, 2009 from the Nokia Theater in New York City. With over 28 MILLION DEAD and 13 MILLION ORPHANED Keep A Child Alive is an urgent response to the AIDS pandemic ravaging Africa. The concert will broadcast live on the You Tube channel. For further information click here.

Her upcoming album, "The Element of Freedom" originally scheduled to be released to coincide with World AIDS Day will now be released on December 15, 2009.

From the Archives:Alicia in Africa

Alicia Keys Continues Efforts to Heighten Perspectives About AIDS

Free Download:

"Ain't No Sunshine" Alicia Keys performing duet with John Mayer at Keep A Child Alive Black Ball Thursday, October 15, 2009

Watch Video here:

Friday, November 27, 2009

AMA 2009 Performances;AMA Red Carpet Stars; Free Music Download Jay-Z and John Mayer Live Music "U Don't Know"; From the Archives-What Do John Mayer and Alicia Keys Have in Common?

A recap of the 2009 American Music Awards featuring performances by Alicia Keys, Jay-Z,Janet Jackson,Whitney Houston,Kelly Clarkson,Rihanna and others:

A shout out to Jay-Z who performed a special benefit on Fuse TV,September 11, 2009.Answer the Call, was broadcast live from Madison Square Garden and the televised event, benefited the New York Police and Fireman's Widows and Childrens Fund and raised over one milion dollars. It also served as the launch for Jay-Z's new CD, the Blueprint 3. Several of the other entertainers who performed at that benefit include John Mayer,Mary J. Blige,Kanye West,Beyonce and Rihanna. John Mayer joined Jay-Z on two of the songs he performed, "U Don't Know" and "DOA"(Death of Autotone). A free download of the concert version of "U Don't Know" can be found below.

Alicia Keys held her annual Black Ball Benefit for Keep A child Alive (KCA)on Thursday, October 15,2009. The organization raises money, awareness and purchases medicine and other medical supplies for AIDS orphans and children stricken with the disease in Africa and India. Joining Ms. Keys at the event was John Mayer, Chris Martin, Mary J. Blige, Gayle King, Queen Latifah, the Mistress of Ceremonies and a host of other celebrities. Keys and Mayer performed a duet of "Aint No Sunshine". Watch the video below:

Watch Alicia's New Video:

Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart 

From the Archives:

Mega Millions Raised from Katrina Relief Benefit Concerts

What Do John Mayer and Alicia Keys Have in Common? John Mayer and Alicia Keys to Perform Together At Grammies

Free Downloads:

Live music from "Answer the Call" Benefit Concert:Fuse TV -September 11, 2009 from Madison Square Garden

U Don't Know   Jay-Z featuring John Mayer

Permalink to entire Heavier Octaves internet podcast radio episode here

John Mayer Slams Dating Rumors

Today’s free download is “Half of My Heart” John Mayer’s duet with Country songstress, Taylor Swift and last week's winner of the American Music Award for Artist of the Year.

John performed a free concert on Monday, November 16, 2009  at the Music Hall of  Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York.  The live version of “Half of My Heart”, which was performed during that concert is available for  download below. While Ms. Swift was not there to provide her vocals on the song during the concert, Mayer’s new background singers did a terrific job. You can listen to the studio version (featuring Ms. Swift) on John Mayer’s CD Battle Studies, available in most digital markets and at your local record stores.

 There is also a version of it on his radio premiere of Battle Studies broadcast on Radio Sophie on November 9, 2009. It is in the Heavier Octaves Radio Podcast Archives at this link.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks:Obama's Bring Volunteerism to Martha's Table

Battle Studies No.1 Album; Free Download-Edge of Desire; From the Archives-John Mayer: On the Record with Fuse-An Exclusive Interview About His Upcoming Show at the Beacon

Mayer's new release and fifth studio album Battle Studies dropped on November 17,2009.  In less than 10 days it has climbed the charts to the number 1 position. Battle Studies has sold 286,000 copies. This is John's second number one album, his first was Heavier Things released in 2003.

And John accomplished this against a line up of heavy hitters. Albums released on the same date as "Battle Studies" included Norah Jones, Paul McCartney, Casting Crowns, Leona Lewis,One Republic, 50 Cent, Janet Jackson and American Idol winner Kris Allen.  "Battle Studies"  also beat out Andea Bocelli's "My Christmas", which sold 185,000  and holds the #2 position for the second straight week(more...)

Also: From the Archives

Fuse interviews Mayer about his then upcoming show at the Beacon Theater and launch of his new record Battle Studies. When asked if he would like to have any special guests perform at the concert and who that might be,  the interviewer making intimations to Jay-Z, Mayer responded that Jay-Z was someone that you could only call upon once...

Incidentally, Mayer did perform as a guest of Jay-Z at his special Answer the Call Benefit Concert broadcast on Fuse TV, September 11, 2009 to benefit the New York Police and Fireman's Widower's Orphans and Children's Relief Fund. He also launched his new release the Blueprint 3. Check out that video here. 

For a free download of  Jay-Z's "U Don't Know" featuring Mayer's guitar solo, click this post's title link above.The entire performance was slammin'. The other songs performed with Mayer on guitar included D.O.A. (Death of Autotone)Watch video here. 

Free Downloads

For a free download of a live performance of  "Edge of Desire" from the Music Hall of Williamsburg free concert,  Battle Studies track of the day, click here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Alicia Keys and Jay-Z Bring Down the House at the AMA's with Empire State of Mind

This was one of the finer performances of the evening. And, there were many other class acts, including Janet Jackson,Whitney Houston,Kellie Clarkson, etc.

The piano portion was rockin' and  Jay-z's rap was powerfully cool, putting you in "An Empire State of Mind".  (Free download of song by clicking the title link above)Also, a shout out to Ms. Keys for  her valuable work with the  Keep A Child Alive Foundation. See performance from this year's Black Ball featuring  John Mayer in Related Heavier Octaves Podcast Episodes below.

Free Downloads

John Mayer and Jay-Z at Answer the Call Benefit Concert-Fuse TV Special-September 11,2009

Related Heavier Octaves Podcast Episodes:

 John Mayer and Alicia Keys perform "Ain't No Sunshine" at Oct.15, 2009 Keep A Child Alive 

John Mayer and Jay-Z at Answer the Call Benefit Concert-Fuse TV Special-September 11,2009

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Michael Jckson, Taylor Swift Big Winners at American Music Awards-Michael Was All About Love...

Taylor Swift in accepting of her award, graciously thanks the Jackson family and adds that it is an "unimaginable honor" to even be considered in the same category as the King of Pop. Germaine Jackson during his acceptance on behalf of Michael shared with the viewers that Michael was all about love and he wanted everyone to do well. Michael's memorial service demonstrated that well. It was a beautiful experience of sharing by fellow musicians who came out to pay their tribute to the Pop culture phenom. See John Mayer's guitar tribute below:

To listen to Taylor Swift sing the duet "Half of My Heart" with John Mayer on his new release Battle

 Studies,click here.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Breaking News: Jay-Z Awarded AMA for Best Rapper and Album ,Taylor Swift Wins for Artist of the Year, Michael Jackson,Whitney Houston...

 Rapper and recording industry mogul Jay-Z  received an AMA for  favorite male artist and favorite album in the rap/hip-hop categories.  Jay-Z performed a dynamic "Empire State of Mind" featuring Alicia Keys prior to receiving the award.  The song  is from his new album The Blueprint 3.  Watch that video here.

Congratulations Hova!   Also, thanks for your 9/11 concert to benefit the families of the people who keep us safe.  Jay-Z launched The Blueprint 3 at a special  concert broadcast on Fuse TV to commemorate September 11  and benefit the The New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund.

Here is a video of behind the scenes preparations for  that show. Click the title link above for a free download of the live version of "U Don't Know" featuring guitar god, John Mayer who joined Jay-Z on three of the tunes he performed during the concert.

Answer the call, was a show stopping concert including such artists as Beyonce, Rihanna, P.Diddy, Mary J. Blige and others.

Incidentally Whitney Houston's performance on the AMA show last night was touching and strong. congratulations to her on the big comeback and International Artist of the Year Award.

Here's the complete list of winners at the 2009 AMAs:


# Taylor Swift


# Male Artist: Michael Jackson

# Female Artist: Taylor Swift

# Band, Duo or Group: Black Eyed Peas

# Album: Number Ones, Michael Jackson


# Male Artist: Michael Jackson

# Female Artist: Beyoncé

# Band, Duo or Group: Black Eyed Peas

# Album: Number Ones, Michael Jackson


# Male Artist: Jay-Z

# Album: Blueprint 3, Jay-Z


# Male Artist: Keith Urban

# Female Artist: Taylor Swift

# Band, Duo or Group: Rascal Flatts

# Album: Fearless, Taylor Swift


# Artist: Taylor Swift


# Artist: Green Day


# Artist: Aventura


# Artist: Mary Mary


# Album: Twilight


# Gloriana


# Whitney Houston