On the heels of a pair of multi-platinum albums and three Grammy Awards, John Mayer has stripped things down to the bone by forming the John Mayer Trio with drummer Steve Jordan (Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones) and bassist Pino Palladino (the Who, Jeff Beck). The trio’s fall tour will be documented with a live album, to be released on Aware/Columbia before the end of the year. “The live record isn’t John’s next album,” Jordan points out, “it’s the trio’s first album.” The proper follow-up to 2003’s Heavier Things will be released sometime next year.

“I’m excited by the trio idea,” says Mayer. “It’s about ‘cats.’ It’s about personnel. For me, Eric Clapton is the template. Make another band and go out with another band. And whatever the muse is, follow it. I have the opportunity to just pick up a guitar and play with whoever I want to play with, and call it whatever I want to call it.”

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