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Asummer in St. Louis isn’t complete without a performance from Grammy Award-winning singer John Mayer. In the past he’s been known to grace the stage of Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre most summers, but this summer his world tour brought him by the newly renovated Enterprise Center on September 3.
In attendance that night were some of this year’s Stanley Cup Champions from the St. Louis Blues, including Jordan Binnington, Chris Pronger, Joel Edmundson, and Colton Parayko. Before the show Binnington and Edmundson presented Mayer with his own jersey with Binnington’s name and jersey number across the back. They visibly enjoyed the concert all night from the first couple rows.
His St. Louis performance was part of his solo tour that started in July and will finish its North American leg September 21 in Dallas before heading off to Stockholm on October 1 to start the European leg of his world tour.
While Mayer hasn’t released a new album since The Search for Everything in 2017, he has released a couple singles including “New Light” in 2018 and “Guess I Just Feel Like” in February of this year. Even without a new album, Mayer rocked the house Tuesday night. Featured in his set were songs from several of his past albums, including “Clarity,” “Daughters,” “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room,” “Gravity,” “Fire On The Mountain” (a Grateful Dead cover), “In The Water,” “Why Georgia Why,” and Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” to name a few.
Once he said good night and left the stage, he returned for his encore performance in a Jordan Binnington jersey and the crowd lost it. The entire facility was chanting “Let’s Go Blues!” Mayer began his first encore song “I’m Gonna Find Another You.” During his performance the camera caught a glimpse of the back of his jersey. Written in Sharpie it said “John, You’re a legend! Keep rocking! – Jordan Binnington.” The audience roared once again before he finished the night with “New Light” and surprised everyone with confetti cannons that coated the arena.
The change of venue really brought the whole night together in a way that no other venue could have done. Not only did the audience get an amazing performance from a legendary artist, but he also got to meet the legendary 2019 Stanley Cup Champions on their own home ice. The amount of excitement in the arena between Mayer, the audience, and the players made it the place to be in St. Louis and memorable for all. | Jennifer Manjarez