SPAC - Saratoga Springs, NY - August 25, 2006 - #2

Concert Review
EMILY DONOHUE, For The Saratogian

The crowd at SPAC on Friday night was treated to back-to-back sets packed with hits from two of today's biggest artists, John Mayer and Sheryl Crow.

The crowd was excited to hear some of their favorite singles but was generally a bit subdued, as were the artists.

Mayer played lots of old favorites and some songs off of his upcoming album 'Continuum' which is set to be released in September.

He started the show off with 'Why Georgia' and 'Something's Missing' and then went into 'Vultures' off of his most recent album with the John Mayer Trio.

Mayer kept the hits coming with 'My Stupid Mouth,' 'Clarity' and 'Daughters' which the crowd appreciated. The crowd was quiet beyond the front sections, but his new single 'Waiting on the World to Change' got everybody off of their feet again.

The new single sounds like Mayer, but is a little jazzier and more grown up than his older singles.

Mayer finished up the show with an 'encore' that didn't include him leaving the stage because he said he didn't want to waste time and wanted to get right into playing his first huge hit 'No Such Thing' and 'Gravity' off of the John Mayer Trio album.

Mayer's set was full of old hits that reminded his fans why they stayed devoted and enough songs off of his upcoming album to make everybody excited about what Mayer has in store for us in the next album.

The set was definitely entertaining and the crowd appreciated it, but it didn't do as much to showcase Mayer's impressive musical talents as it could have.

Sheryl Crow hit the stage after John Mayer and started off with some of her biggest hits, 'Change,' 'There Goes the Neighborhood' and 'My Favorite Mistake,' which had the crowd on its feet. She then went into a few mellower songs, 'Real Gone' from the movie 'Cars,' 'Redemption' and 'Wildflower.'

To finish up her set Crow played some livelier hits 'Strong Enough,' 'All I Wanna Do' and 'Soak Up The Sun.'

She returned for a quick encore with a cover of Led Zeppelin's 'Rock 'n' Roll,' ending the show on an energetic note.

Like Mayer, Crow packed her show with as many hits as she could fit but there were really no surprises.
The audience seemed generally happy with her set, but they were not nearly as excited for her as they had been for Mayer.

In the end Friday's show was very entertaining, but sounded a little too much like a greatest hits album of both the artists to really be interesting.

Source: Saratogian