There was no mistaking that John Mayer had returned to pop music.
The singer and guitarist, who spent much of the last few years pursuing rootsier, lower-key concerns, took the stage Friday night at the Forum leading his slick seven-piece band through “Belief,” from 2006’s double-platinum “Continuum” album. He was wearing stylish trousers and a pair of high-end sneakers.
And his young audience at the sold-out concert included Selena Gomez, the Weeknd and one of the dudes from 5 Seconds of Summer — none of whom I recall seeing when Mayer was on tour last year with members of the Grateful Dead.
But if this erstwhile heartthrob had clearly ended his self-imposed exile...