Following the publication of inflammatory remarks in a recent Playboy interview, John Mayer unleashed a barrage of apologies on his Twitter account. But that wasn't the end of it for the 32-year-old rocker. On Wednesday, at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Mayer interrupted his live set to apologize further and attempt to give insight into his previous way of thinking about fame and the media, according to video of the concert.
"In the quest to be clever, I completely forgot about the people that I love and the people that love me," he said.
During the Playboy interview, Mayer uttered the N-word several times, spoke of his lack of attraction to black women and bragged about "why black people love me."
As his bandmates, some of whom are African-American, played backup music at Wednesday's show, Mayer blamed both himself and the media for his ill-advised comments. "I went, as I have begun to do, into a wormhole of selfishness and greed and arrogance," he said, "thinking that if I would just continue to be speedy and witty and pull together as many fast words and phrases as I could, I could be clever enough to buy myself another day without anybody pinning me down and saying, 'You're a creep.'
"I think it's important that you know that everybody on this stage is here playing with me, not because they condone what I say in any given interview," he continued. "They're on this stage because they support [me] as a possible future grown-up."
As the crowd roared its approval, Mayer seemed to fight off tears as he declared that the fallout from the interview had made him change his ways.
"It's just not worth being clever," he said. "I just can't. I quit the sound-bite game. I quit the media game. I'm out. I'm done. I just want to play my guitar to whoever is around."
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