Earlier this month, John Mayer signaled his return with the announcement of Sob Rock. The announcement ended a drought for John Mayer fans, who’ve been wondering where the singer/guitarist’s new album has been since he teased it back in May 2020. Now we finally have it to look forward to. An album to round out our summer love, our sadness. Brought to us by our self-designated sob-rocker-heartthrob, a vision only a Breakfast Club Judd Nelson could compete with.
Mayer’s eighth studio album will arrive July 16th and contain the 4-piece of songs he released in June. “Last Train Home,” the newest track, finds Mayer in an adult contemporary, easy listening groove between guitar and synth. In short, “Last Train Home” finds Mayer in the late 80’s. Check out the similarly 80’s inspired “Last Train Home” music video, below.
Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, 80’s Clapton, there’s a reason why John Mayer is able to vividly conjure sounds of the past. “Last Train Home” features collaborators/Toto veterans Lenny Castro (percussion) and Greg Phillinganes (keys). Even if Sob Rock doesn’t end up being your favorite John Mayer album, it’s hard to argue the structural integrity, and digestibility, of its songs.
Sob Rock will be John Mayer’s first album since 2017’s The Search for Everything, which included “Love on the Weekend” and “In the Blood.” John Mayer is scheduled to tour with Dead & Company from August through the end of October. Before the announcement of Sob Rock, we assumed fans would only be seeing John Mayer perform with his Grateful Dead ensemble in 2021. But now, with a new John Mayer album on the horizon, we think the famed guitarist could tour through the end of the year.
Will John Mayer Solo Tour in 2021? We think John Mayer will announce additional, solo tour dates to finish out the year in support of Sob Rock. It’s been nearly three years since John Mayer went on tour as a solo artist, the last time being Summer 2019 for “The John Mayer World Tour.” Often, John Mayer will segment his concerts with additional acoustic sets, or sets by the John Mayer Trio. Considering this will be John Mayer’s first solo tour since the pandemic, we anticipate the beloved artist is returning to the stage in a big way.
Back in March, when Mayer first suggested the completion of a new album, he warned fans about the potential polarity of reception for the record. On Instagram Live, Mayer stated: “when this record comes out, it’s either going to be your favorite record of mine or your least favorite.”
We think John Mayer could announce a solo tour as early as this Fall. But fans, if it doesn’t happen in 2021, we are certain that John Mayer will hit the road in 2022 to celebrate the success of Sob Rock. For those of you who can’t want to get a live performance from John Mayer, his Dead & Company concerts continue to rock audiences into oblivion.