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John Mayer Announces Charity Concerts

Posted on October 1, 2009 by

John MayerWith a new album due out in November, John Mayer has announced two charity shows that will take place during the holiday season, according to johnmayer.com. Mayer will perform with the John Mayer Trio, which is made up of himself, bassist Pino Palladino, and drummer Steve Jordan.

The Trio will be playing at San Diego’s Copley Symphony Hall on December 29, and at Las Vegas’ The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on New Year’s Eve. All ticket proceeds for both shows will go to Military Outreach Ministry Camp Pendleton, a not-for-profit organization that supports young military families, and the Veterans Health Research Institute, an institute that investigates such issues as the causes and best treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and other war-related injuries.

Ticket prices for the San Diego show are $60.50 (US), and prices for the Las Vegas show range from $96.00 – $226.00 (US). Tickets for both shows went on sale on Saturday. Mayor Hawthorne and The County will be opening for Mayer.

Mayer’s new album, Battle Studies, will be released on November 17. The much-anticipated fourth studio album is a follow-up to 2006’s successful project, Continuum, which generated such hits as “Waiting On the World to Change” and “Slow Dancing In a Burning Room.” To date, Mayer has sold nearly 12.5 million albums worldwide.

The seven-time Grammy Award winner co-produced the new album, which will be released by Columbia Records. A North American tour is currently in the works, due to kick off in early 2010.

“Where Continuum was R&B and Soul, Battle Studies was written with the timelessness of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac and Neil Young in mind,” Mayer says in a Columbia Records press release on PR Newswire. “The melodies and message are concise and from-the-gut with the efficiency of simplicity.”

The record’s first single is called, “Who Says,” and the new album also promises a collaboration track, “Half of My Heart,” with rising country star Taylor Swift. Who needs Kanye, anyways?

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