Mayer returned to the stage for his first show in two years on Wednesday. He had not taken a stage since the coronavirus pandemic started. Then Mayer had to interrupt his performance halfway through to check on a distressed fan.
The show, presented by SiriusXM and Pandora, was held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. There he noticed a woman was possibly unconscious in the audience. Midway through his hit song Slow Dancing in a Burning Room the singer stopped the music and spoke to the audience asking if the woman was OK.
“Give me a thumbs up if they’re alert,” he told the crowd. “I’m going to step off the stage for a moment,” he said as the lights came up. Officials rushed to the front of the stage and made audience members open a row to safely escort the woman out in a wheelchair.
“Anyone in the crowd who was worried, I’m told she waved goodbye, so she’s OK,” Mayer told the crowd when he returned to the stage. “The system works, thank you very much”. The audience applauded the singer for stopping the show to help.
He resumed playing five minutes later with his hit song Waiting On the World to Change. Audience members included Mayer’s pal Andy Cohen, Heidi Klum, Drew Tarver and Vanessa Hudgens. Mayer expressed his gratitude to the hundreds of fans for coming to the concert. “After a couple of years, so many changes and so many new things to watch and read and listen to and play, that you still come out and see this show, it means a lot,” he said.
The concert will be aired in its entirety on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. ET as part of Pandora’s LIVE series.