John Mayer Thanks Fans For 'Believing' In Him At NYC Concert

'It's a clean me now, people, clean me,' he tells Madison Square Garden crowd weeks after controversial Playboy comments.

NEW YORK — The fans at Madison Square Garden didn't let a little snow keep them from [artist id="1220799"]John Mayer's[/artist] sold-out concert on Thursday night (February 25). Mayer has also had some adversity come his way over the past few weeks, after the backlash from his [article id="1631667"]controversial comments in Playboy magazine[/article].

Mayer took a moment onstage to thank his fans for believing in him through the uproar.

John Mayer Plays Madison Square Garden

"I hate to come off like an a--hole ever, and thank you guys for believing that I am not an a--hole," he told the crowd. "Never, ever in my entire life did I ever think that it would be a good idea to be an a--hole. But you know what? There's plenty of a--holes who think the same thing, so I have to thank you."

Mayer said he's ready for a fresh start: "It's a clean me now, people, clean me."

When Mayer wasn't thanking his fans for braving the elements, he and his five-piece band were rocking out the stage to a set list of songs from his current album, Battle Studies, as well as hits from his past, including "Waiting on the World to Change" and "Your Body Is a Wonderland." He even succumbed to a section of cheering fans calling out for him to perform "City Love" from his breakthrough 2001 album, Room for Squares.

Even if the public isn't convinced by [article id="1631671"]his numerous apologies[/article], Mayer had the Madison Square Garden concertgoers on their feet from show-opener "Heartbreak Warfare" to his encore — snow boots and all. The singer/songwriter even checked in with the crowd on Twitter after the show: "MSG crowd, will you tweet me when you get home safe? It's bad out. Oh and HOLY SHNIKES. You were unreal tonight."