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John Mayer apologizes at Nashville concert

Who says singer-songwriters can't be wrong?

Artist John Mayer, currently on tour, apologized today for comments in a recent interview.
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Not John Mayer. Yesterday he apologized for comments made in a recent Playboy interview on   Twitter and at the Nashville stop on his Battle Studies tour.

He writes "Re: using the 'N word' in an interview: I am sorry that I used the word. And it's such a shame that I did because the point I was trying to make was in the exact opposite spirit of the word itself. It was arrogant of me to think I could because I realize that there's no intellectualizing a word that is so emotionally charged." 

An hour later Mayer adds, "And while I'm using today for looking at myself under harsh light, I think it's time to stop trying to be so raw in interviews. It started as an attempt to not let the waves of criticism get to me, but it's gotten out of hand and I've created somewhat of a monster. I wanted to be a blues guitar player. And a singer. And a songwriter. Not a shock jock. I don't have the stomach for it. Again, because I don't want anyone to think I'm equivocating: I should have never said the word and I will never say it again.

Then he replies to tweets. One by Cameron Hines read "@johncmayer were all human. Everyone makes mistakes."Mayer responds "True. But some mistakes are hard to pinpoint because they happen slowly and over long periods of time."

Another tweet says "Just waiting for @johncmayer to follow up his apology with an announcement that he's going to rehab. I mean, it kinda worked for Tiger, no?" "They don't make rehab centers for being an a-hole," the Recording/Sandwich Artist replies.

Mayer caps it off by tweeting "I just wanted to play the guitar for people. Everything else just sort of popped up and I improvised, and kept doubling down on it."

That evening, he broke into an emotional impromptu apology in the middle of a song at his show in Nashville. Concert goer videos show fans cheering the singer-songwriter on as he and the back up singers choked up tears.

Lara Piu writes a daily newsletter on Good things celebs do and livin'; The Good Life too. She has been an online journalist for Gannett since 2003.

(c) Lara Piu 2010


  • Lara 5 years ago

    is it "the Battle Studies tour" or "Battle Studies tour"? sheesh where is Tom Unger when I need him? Maybe I should get a stylebook finally. It's only been about 13 years since he suggested it.

  • Sharon 5 years ago

    I read the interview and I don't think he intended to hurt anyone. Although it was a bit too much information!

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