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Mayer on changing his live shows: I want to be competitive

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/18/2017 By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer
John Mayer poses for a portrait on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in New York, NY. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press John Mayer poses for a portrait on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in New York, NY. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — John Mayer says watching Drake perform live encouraged him to step up his stage production and take more risks during his own concerts.

John Mayer poses for a portrait on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in New York, NY. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press John Mayer poses for a portrait on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in New York, NY. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Mayer will launch the second leg of his Search for Everything World Tour on Tuesday in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

John Mayer poses for a portrait on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in New York, NY. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press John Mayer poses for a portrait on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in New York, NY. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Mayer's new live shows have been a departure for the singer-songwriter, who now performs with a colorful and futuristic L.E.D. wall and floor. He says he wants "to be competitive" with his shows.

John Mayer poses for a portrait on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in New York, NY. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press John Mayer poses for a portrait on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in New York, NY. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

He added that after he saw Drake's live show, he thought to himself: "I want a little of that."

John Mayer poses for a portrait on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in New York, NY. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press John Mayer poses for a portrait on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in New York, NY. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Mayer isn't only playing big arenas. He also announced that he will join the Dive Bar Tour with Bud Light for a show in Los Angeles on July 26. Lady Gaga will also perform on the Dive Bar Tour.

John Mayer poses for a portrait on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in New York, NY. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press John Mayer poses for a portrait on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in New York, NY. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
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