The members of the John Mayer Trio were at it again on Tuesday night for the debut television performance of Mayer’s new soft rock single, “Love On The Weekend.” This time, Mayer and company were joined by Maroon 5 guitarist, James Valentine, who handled the acoustic rhythm role for their performance on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.
With Steve Jordan on drums and Pino Palladino on sunglasses/bass, Mayer was with his signature black worn Fender Stratocaster to perform the first single from his upcoming studio album, The Search For Everything, which will most likely come out in the first few months of 2017. Valentine and Mayer have been buddies for years, as both artists attended Berklee before eventually becoming a part of the generation of artists who emerged in the early 2000s.
In a post on Valentine’s Instagram page on Tuesday evening, the guitarist posted, “Big huge thanks to John for having me sit in tonight on Fallon, and for all the support he's given Maroon 5 over the years (opening for him in the early days was huge for us...) Can't believe we've known each other since 1996!!”
Valentine has worked with the members of the John Mayer trio before, having played guitar on a few tracks for what many believe to be Mayer’s best album in 2006’s Continuum.
“Love On The Weekend” was released a few weeks ago during a Facebook Live event in which Mayer answered questions about his upcoming album saying, “I’m not sure where we left off, but there are more songs than what can fit on your standard sized album. I do think that next year of more music coming than I’ve ever put out in one year.”
Speaking of next year, Mayer will be not only touring with The Trio in the spring and summer, but will be back with his Dead brethren, as last week Dead & Company confirmed that they would also be heading back on the road for a run of dates in the summer as well. So like it or not, America will be getting plenty of John Mayer in 2017.