Mayer Unleashes Live Material On iTunes
John Mayer will over the next month release edited versions of four shows from his ongoing North American tour exclusively via Apple's iTunes Music Store.John Mayer will over the next month release edited versions of four shows from his ongoing North American tour exclusively via Apple's iTunes Music Store. Dubbed "As/Is," the series kicks off tomorrow (Aug. 10) and will feature a new 10-song show added every subsequent Tuesday through Aug. 31. The sets will only be sold on iTunes as albums.
"What you hear is what you get," Mayer says of the recordings. "The wrong notes are as wrong as the right ones are right. In the end, the way the songs make you feel is the only thing that matters." The artist says he chose iTunes to distribute the material because it's "the only outlet for an artist to keep music in a purely musical realm. No marketing plans, no journalistic scrutiny -- just a mainline from the stage and studio directly to the fans."
The first show in the series is drawn from a July 16 concert in Mountain View, Calif., featuring the tour debut of the track "Split Screen Sadness." The second "As/Is" selection comes from a July 24 show in Houston, highlighted by such hits as "No Such Thing" and "Your Body Is a Wonderland."
The final two installments in the series will be from upcoming shows yet to be announced.
Mayer is touring in support of his latest Aware/Columbia album "Heavier Things," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.66 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The trek plays Darien Center, N.Y., tonight.