John Mayer to make JPJ a "wonderland"
Heartthrob crooner John Mayer announces a stop at Charlottesville's John Paul Jones Arena during his upcoming North American tour in spring 2010 with a March 16 concert.
The seven-time Grammy winner hit the music scene in 2001 with Room for Squares, as his single "No Such Thing" and boyish good looks robbed the hearts of teens everywhere. The singer-songwriter has continued to push aside genre labels, collaborating with the likes of rappers Jay-Z and Kayne West, blues greats BB King and Eric Clapton, and pop sensation Taylor Swift.
And while his musical talent is unquestioned–- he was named one of modern rock's newest "Guitar Gods" by Rolling Stone magazine in 2007–- his personal life has garnered as much, if not more, media attention than his fingerpicking. By romancing high profile ladies including Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson, Mayer has ensured a long-lasting relationship with gossip rags and celebrity blogs.
JPJ is just one of 41 stops Mayer plans to make (he also swings by Washington DC's Verizon Center February 20). His fourth studio album, Battle Studies, releasing November 17, is a mesh of '70s and '80s California pop and rock influences, marking yet another shift in musical direction for the artist. Tickets go on sale through the John Paul Jones arena or Live Nation on Saturday, November 21. Ticket prices have not yet been released.