John Mayer has had a busy Christmas this year, as his tour with Phillip Phillips continues, along with the premiere of his new music video for “Who You Love” featuring girlfriend Katy Perry. He talked all about his busy holiday– along with some hints on Katy’s present– when he called Craig and Company.
The music video for “Who You Love” made its debut on Good Morning America, and was broadcast on the Jumbotron screen in Times Square, which was a unique experience even for a star like Mayer to witness. But despite the grand entrance of the video, Mayer recalled simply having fun with the person he loved as being what made the video most special.
“We had a really fun time doing it,” he recalled. “We had time to hang out and make each other laugh.”
The clip certainly made it look like the couple was having fun, as they strapped themselves to a mechanical bull and held on for dear life. It’s not unlike another recent power couple video, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s “Bound 2” video. The latter was spoofed notoriously by James Franco and Seth Rogen, but Mayer isn’t afraid of anyone lampooning his own song.
“In this day and age, if we get spoofed, it might be one of the best things that can happen,” he joked. He’s just not entirely sure who would pull off the joke this time. “I don’t think that Seth and Franco are the two to do the joke twice, but that would be nice… a ‘Bound 4’ or ‘5.’”
Mayer’s 2013 tour brought him home for the holidays, with a stop this week at the Webster Bank Arena, not far from his hometown of Fairfield. He made the most of his return to Connecticut, as he recalled visiting his old stomping grounds. “I got to get out for the afternoon and do a little driving around town,” he said. “It was a really great way to approach the show, to go out and see your high school and see your elementary school, then pull up to the venue and have dinner and play the show. It was a really special show for me.”
Nothing makes someone as retrospective as visiting the place they came from, and Mayer pondered what two words of advice he would offer his younger self. His answer was a bit surprising. “I think if someone had come out of the woodwork who looked a lot like me, in 2013 and said ‘Give up,’ I didn’t know you could,” he said. “I didn’t know you could just stop engaging. I thought that would have been weak. That’s about the only regret in terms of wishing I would do something at a certain point in my life– just give up, you don’t have to worry about it. It doesn’t make you stupid, you don’t have to fight every battle. Sometimes ‘give up’ is good advice.”
Despite his video release and tour, Mayer certainly doesn’t need advice on what to get Katy for Christmas. While he wouldn’t divulge exactly what he picked up for his sweetheart, he teased that he already has it in hand. “That’s a very important question NOT to answer, because it’s going to go out on the radio, the press is gonna pick it up, it would be spoiling the gift,” he said coyly. “The most I will tell you is the gift has already been procured. The most I will say is I’m a good boyfriend, and that my shopping is not last minute.”
–Bill Sencio, 96.5 TIC/ Hartford