Headed for Houston

John Mayer restarts the crazy: Katy Perry's new ex is finally back in the saddle again

John Mayer restarts the crazy: Katy Perry's new ex is back

John Mayer, March 2013
The "sensitive" bluesman returns to the stage with a Houston-area set for July 12. Courtesy photo

Let the madness begin.

John Mayer announced he'll be hitting the road for the first time in three years on a 40-city tour that lands July 12 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. American Idol champ Phillip Phillips will open on all but four dates and will be in The Woodlands.

The celebrated guitar prodigy — who's racked up seven Grammy Awards since his 2003 make-out hit "Your Body Is a Wonderland" — has maintained a low profile in the music scene after a 2012 vocal chord injury forced him to cancel the tour for his most recent album Born and Raised.

The musician was back in gossip columns this summer as he enjoyed an on-again-off-again fling with Katy Perry. The t wo called it quits in recent weeks.

Mayer's celebrity has hit a number of bumps in recent years, starting with a 2010 Playboy interview in which he spoke more than candidly about ex-girlfriends Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson in addition to sharing some very strong thoughts on dating black women. Mayer garnered accusations of misogyny and racism. 

Summer 2012 saw the musician back in gossip columns as he enjoyed an on-again-off-again fling with pop star Katy Perry, who'd just signed divorce papers with comedian Russell Brand. Mayer and Perry officially called it quits in recent weeks.

During an exclusive CultureMap interview, Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell — who has played on a number of Mayer's albums and is listed as a current member of the touring band — hinted at the guitarist's healthy vocal recovery and return to the stage. Leavell also noted that plans were underway to record material for a new album.

John Mayer plays the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands on July 12. Tickets for the show go on sale Mar. 29 through Live Nation.