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Last modified: Monday, February 27, 2012

John Mayer launches new U.S. tour at IU Auditorium

U.S. military veterans to benefit from tour and programs tied to Mayer

WHAT: John Mayer
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 9
WHERE: IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St.
TICKETS: $45 to $85 for IU Bloomington students with a valid ID and $50 to $90 for general public, on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 2. Tickets may be purchased online at, in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office, through and all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. The IU Auditorium Box Office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
NOTE: This is a "paperless show," meaning hard tickets will not be issued. Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AMEX) are the only form of payment accepted, and the card that is used to purchase the ticket(s) will serve as entry into the show. IUB student priced tickets are limited and only available for purchase in person at the auditorium box office. A lottery will be conducted at the IU Auditorium Box Office to determine customers' places in line, and lottery tickets will begin to be distributed at 9 a.m. Friday, March 2.

Feb. 27, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer launches his first U.S. tour in two years on April 9 at IU Auditorium in Bloomington, stopping in 18 cities through May 6. The tour leads into Mayer's upcoming fifth album "Born and Raised," which will be released soon thereafter.

John Mayer

John Mayer

Mayer produced "Born and Raised" with Don Was, who worked on albums for acts such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt. Rock legends David Crosby and Graham Nash provide vocals on the title song, and musicians joining Mayer on the album and on the road include highly regarded keyboardist/pianist Chuck Leavell -- who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and The Allman Brothers Band -- as well as previous collaborators Sean Hurley on bass and Aaron Sterling on drums. Rounding out the touring band are David Ryan Harris on guitar and vocals, Doug Pettibone on guitar and Michito Sanchez on percussion.

Mayer recently previewed the album's first single, "Shadow Days," on his Tumblr blog. The song will be made available to radio stations today, Feb. 27. He debuts his new album with a performance at SXSW on March 17.

Mayer became passionate about supporting U.S. war veterans following a visit to the Marine Corps' Camp Lejeune in North Carolina four years ago. He has since spent time with active military and veterans while touring, and he partnered with the Northern California Institute of Research and Education to provide veterans with a healthy reintegration into civilian life, helping them heal from the trauma they experienced.

Concertgoers can join Mayer in his support of veterans in two ways. A block of third-row orchestra seats will be made available for sale at a premium price exclusively through Tickets-for-Charity, with proceeds going to Mayer/NCIRE programs. At Tickets-for-Charity, fans pay the same or a lower price than for tickets found elsewhere for high-demand seats, with 100 percent of above-face benefit redirected to charity. For more information, go to And at, starting just before tickets go on sale, Mayer fans can bid on four front-row tickets, plus a chance to meet him, with proceeds also going to Mayer/NCIRE programs for veterans.

In 2011, through his partnership with NCIRE, Mayer was able to launch the first of several pilot programs to benefit the men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Programs include a mobile exercise and wellness program; the development of a program of integrative medicine for traumatic stress; a study on veterans' readjustment to civilian life that aims to develop new therapeutic tools to aid the transition; and a first-of-its-kind screening and intervention program for women suffering from eating disorders triggered by combat-related post-traumatic stress.

Mayer's previous albums -- "Room for Squares," "Heavier Things," "Continuum" and "Battle Studies" -- have sold more than 11 million copies combined. He has been honored with seven Grammy Awards and an additional 11 nominations. He has also been included in Time magazine's annual Time 100 list of the most influential contemporary thinkers, leaders, artists and entertainers, and twice been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine's annual "Guitar" issue.

The concert is presented by Jam Productions and Indiana University Memorial Union Board. Union Board is the largest programming body on the Bloomington campus, organizing events and activities such as concerts, lectures, debates and film screenings.

"John Mayer has created a very successful career around producing such a diverse and dynamic sound," Union Board concerts director Samuel Shechtman said. "Union Board is excited about bringing such a talented artist to Bloomington as we have such a rich tradition of gifted artists in this community."

The special guest for the show is singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves, who recently signed to Mercury/Lost Highway records and whose debut album is set for release this year.

For more information, contact Maria Talbert, IU Auditorium, at 812-855-2300 or, or Mike Lynskey, Jam Productions, at 312-440-9191 or

For more information about John Mayer, contact Fran DeFeo, Columbia Records, at 212-833-5784 or