“File under ‘whatever it takes’. If you happen to be walking through, you’ve got no choice but to hear it!” John Mayer is still using his tube amps at The Sphere – but you’ll never guess where he’s hiding them

 John Mayer of Dead and Company performs during 2023 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at Fair Grounds Race Course on May 06, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana
(Image credit: Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

John Mayer has spilled the secrets behind the peculiar onstage setup he’s currently using for Dead & Company’s The Sphere residency, quashing mounting speculation he’s ditched amps altogether.

The revelation also shone the light on Mayer’s unorthodox amp placement, which would have been nigh-on impossible to guess. Unless you had, erm, a pass to The Sphere’s loading dock.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.