June 29, 2008 17:10

John Mayer covers George Harrison and Duffy at Glastonbury

Platinum-selling American thanks crowd over and over for turning up

John Mayer covers George Harrison and Duffy at Glastonbury
John Mayer shocked the gathered Pyramid Stage crowd at this afternoon's Glastonbury festival by pulling out covers aplenty.

Wearing white T-shirt and black jeans, Mayer and his band took to the stage at 3.30pm (BST).

Clutching a gold guitar, the American singer-songwriter didn't waste any time and launched into an hour's bluesathon which saw the Pyramid Stage crowd get bigger with each track.

After finishing opening song 'Vultures', Mayer swapped his guitar and - backed by a band member playing some maracas, a saxophonist and trumpeter - started next track 'I Don't Trust Myself With Loving You'.

Before starting the next song, in a nod to The Beatles late guitarist, Mayer told the crowd: "This is one of my favourite George Harrison songs."

The crowd then cheered as Mayer started his rendition of the classic track, 'My Sweet Lord', twice a UK chart-topper, with people singing along word for word.

He then asked the Pyramid Stage crowd: "You all having a good time today? Thanks for letting us steal the stage for a bit. I was watching the festival on TV last night and there really is something
about the European festival vibe that's great. I've finally figured it out, and I don't want to leave now. "

Later Mayer teased the crowd, saying: "We'd like to play for you now a smash hit of a blues song."

Mayer then covered fellow Glasto performer Duffy's 'Mercy' joined by a mini horn section which again received huge applause.

The band then offered up tracks including 'Belief', 'Stitched Up' (which Mayer wrote with jazz legend Herbie Hancock) and another cover - 'Crossroads' by Cream.

Mayer continued to thank the ever growing crowd throughout the set, and was obviously pleased that so many people had come out to see him.

As the show ended Mayer thanked his fans one last time saying: "Thanks so much for listening from the front to the back."

John Mayer played:

'I Don't Trust Myself With Loving You'
'My Sweet Lord'
'Waiting On The World To Change'
'Heavier Things'
'Stitched Up'

Keep up with all the action from Glastonbury this weekend (June 27-29) as it happens on NME.COM. For news, pictures and blogs keep checking the NME.COM's Glastonbury Festival page. Plus make sure you get next week's issue of NME - on UK newsstands from July 2 - for the ultimate Glastonbury review

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