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A humbled John Mayer sands the rough edges at Forum show, losing the rapscallion he wants to be

A humbled John Mayer sands the rough edges at Forum show, losing the rapscallion he wants to be

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...

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