New York: On Monday’s broadcast of ABC late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live, guitarist John Mayer performed as a musical guest. Mayer performed Last Train Home and an enlarged version of his solo band. The debut song from Sob Rock, a new John Mayer studio album due out on July 16 via Columbia Records, is Last Train Home.
— Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) June 8, 2021
For Kimmel, the guitarist kept to a version of the ’80s-tinged tune that was similar to the studio version. This was another edition in Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Mercedes-Benz Concert Series. Mayer’s new single was recorded with the participation of a variety of musicians, including percussionist Lenny Castro, bassist Sean Hurley, pianist Greg Phillinganes, and members of his solo band.
Sob Rock, his eighth studio album, will be released on July 16.
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) June 4, 2021
The vocalist and guitarist shared the album’s cover image, on Twitter and the news. Mayer’s first studio album since 2017’s The Search for Everything will be Sob Rock. Since 2015, he’s been a member of the Grateful Dead’s Dead & Company, and the band has just announced a set of tour dates for 2021, starting in August. The band had intended to tour in 2020, but the pandemic forced them to postpone their live shows. In January 2022, Dead & Company will resume their annual Playing in the Sand residency, performing for three nights at the Riviera Cancun in Mexico.
At this year’s Grammy Awards, Mayer joined Maren Morris onstage. They performed the guitar for her song The Bones as a solo artist.
Mayer is in talks with ViacomCBS to host a conversation show on the company’s streaming service, Paramount Plus. Later With John Mayer would be structured similarly to Later With Jools Holland, a long-running British discussion show. The BBC2 show’s host jams with a variety of performers, interspersing talk with musical performances. The show would mostly air on Paramount Plus, with a few appearances on CBS tossed in for good measure, in the Mayer version.