John Mayer Wants To Scream Classic Rock Jams At The Top Of His Lungs

Jun 5th, 2009 // 7 Comments

John Mayer and his eponymous trio stopped by last night’s installment of The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien, and after receiving some good tidings from Joe Satriani via YouTwitFace, Mayer, his two sidemen, and the Los Angeles Childrens Chorus tore into a version of “California Dreamin’ ” that was somewhat reminiscent of “All Along The Watchtower.” Perhaps the choice of cover was in honor of the host’s coastal shift?

Chickenfoot–which features Satriani, along with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Allen–is on tonight, by the way. Wonder if Mayer will return the favor!

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  1. I know it was for sound quality reasons, but I was creeped out by the fact all those kids seemed trapped in a plexiglass box.

  2. I caught the end last night and thought that the sound wasn’t great, and it really sucked when Green Day played earlier in the week. Billy Joe’s mic and guitar kept fading in and out of the mix. I’m thinking that Lorne made Conan take SNL’s sound engineer.

  3. Yeah, so far the sound on the music performances gets an “F-”

  4. i thought the sound quality was fine on this one. green day sounded like shit because the last two records are studio records. no green day song has sounded good on live tv since the insomniac era, and personally, i just like to pretend that nimrod never happened.

  5. @Chainsaw Dick: I don’t know, Green Day sounded pretty good on The Colbert Report (last week?). Surprisingly, for a show that features musical acts only about once every 4-6 weeks, I’ve found the sound on that show to be really good. And that’s the truth(iness).

  6. i knew it!

    wonder if chickenfoot will do david lee roth’s version of ‘california girls’ as a one-up

  7. Mayer shouldn’t have bothered with the kiddie chorus if he planned to noodle over top of their voices for the entire song. We get it, John, you like to wank.

    p.s. “new” Conan is great and mops the floor with the pathetic show put on by Jimmy Fallon. Even The Roots can’t save him.

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