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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

If you’ve been following musician John Mayer lately, you know that he hasn’t exactly been the shining example of righteousness. He was recently accused of being racist because of comments he made in an interview with Playboy magazine, and then he leaked some personal information about ex-girlfriends Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston in the same article, which didn’t go over too well.

Maybe he needs to kiss a baby to win people back? No — inviting an 11 year old kid to play with him at a concert will work just as well.

During one of Mayer’s concerts earlier this week, a small boy in the audience held up a sign that said “Can I play ‘Belief’ with you?” In a bold move by the singer/songwriter, he invited the kid (whose name is Austin) up on stage with him, gave him a guitar, and let him play the song. It’s a good thing the kid knew how to play it! Otherwise, that would have been another strike on John Mayer.

Here’s the video of footage from that concert:

As a good gesture towards Austin, Mayer let him keep the guitar he had been playing. Oh, John Mayer — you may be sly, but you’re good. 

Afterwards, young Austin told reporters how excited he was to have had the experience. He had been practicing the song well before he attended the concert and his dreams were answered with Mayer plucked him out of the audience that night.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

It’s finally happened to me after all these years. That’s right, I finally went to my very first Phish show ever! Let’s just say this — I went on Tuesday night. It is now Friday and I can’t stop daydreaming about it, listening to my live Phish albums, and wanting to go back for more. This band has had a lot of time to perfect their shows…and they certainly have.

After releasing their first album in 1986 and touring for nearly twenty years, the band went on a haitus, a break that was much needed for certain members who had started overdoing the drugs (I won’t mention names here.) Nonetheless, that time gave them all a time out and a chance to think about what they wanted for the future of their music. Now they’re back, armed with a slick light show and some seriously funky beats.

Photo by Kate Langenburg

The crowd in the Wachovia Center Tuesday night was ridiulously large. I never knew venues of that size existed until now. (I also never would have guessed I would end up with a club box seat complete with my own private bar, bathroom, and sitting area.) Everyone in the entire place seemed to be grooving simultaneously, with smiles and good vibes permeating the walls of the arena.

Here’s the setlist from the November 24 Philadelphia show:  

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture>Bathtub Gin>Cities>Camel Walk>The Curtain With>The Wedge>The Moma Dance>Reba>Golgi Apparatus>Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan

Set 2: Possum>Down With Disease>Twenty Years Later>Harry Hood>The Mango Song>Mike’s Song>Simple>Slave to the Traffic Light>Weekapaug Groove

Encore: A Day in the Life

From the very first note of Chalkdust, I knew I was in for something great. When they went into a real funky Moma Dance, I was in heaven. Everyone was singing along with Reba one minute then, jamming out to Possum, then going into a free fall whirlwind of musical pleasure when they heard A Day in the Life.

Phish’s sound has certainly gotten stronger over the years, and I don’t see this band disappearing any time soon. They are loved by too many fans, have too much talent, and have the drive to keep on keepin’ on. I don’t even know which song was my favorite…they were all wonderful, amazing, beautiful, great. Check out my videos from the show by clicking on the song names below:

The Moma Dance

Simple

Weekapaug Groove

A Day in the Life (Encore)

If anyone I work with happens to read this post, I’m sorry, but I just might have to quit my job and go on tour with Phish. 🙂

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