John Mayer: Storytellin’ on VH1

John Mayer: Storytellin’ on VH1

Sometimes John Mayer‘s celebrity overshadows his music – that recent Rolling Stone interview, for example – but even those who like to bandy about the word “D-bag” when talking about the Grammy winner have to admit that he has serious guitar skills and has written more than his share of great pop songs.

Tonight’s Mayer installment of VH1 Storytellers (8PM ET), then, is a chance to focus on his music, as the episode shows him in action during an intimate concert in Brooklyn last December. Mayer performs selections from his latest CD, Battle Studies, and gives a little background on the tunes, which means good music, a little bit of gossip for those US Weekly-reading Mayer fans among us (at least some of the new songs were reportedly inspired by his relationship and break up with Jennifer Aniston) and some self-deprecating humor (his reputation as a wiseass aside, Mayer’s concert patter almost always includes a few digs aimed at himself).

I saw Mayer live at the FUSE concert at the  fabulous Beacon Theater in New York City last November on the day Battle Studies was released, and this Storytellers performance was taped shortly thereafter, so two songs I’m sure will be highlights of the show: “Perfectly Lonely,” a perfectly infectious tune about just what the title says, and “Half of My Heart,” which I think is one of the most perfect pop songs ever.

Here’s a clip from tonight’s Storytellers, with Mayer performing the Battle Studies opener, “Heartbreak Warfare”:

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    • Ethan said at January 30, 2010 at 2:47 pm
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    A month or so ago he made a fool out of himself at a comedy open-mic. Came off as arrogant and racist.

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