If fate took a different turn, John Mayer may have not be the solo superstar we know today. During his college years, he disenrolled from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and moved to Atlanta with future Zac Brown Band member Clay Cook in 2007. Together, they performed as the two-man band known as the Lo-Fi Masters, but their time together was short.
Mayer became the guitar player we know today all thanks to Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future. The story goes that Fox's guitar performance of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" as Marty McFly in the classic '80s film made a young Mayer fascinated with the instrument. BTTF filmmaker later confirmed Mayer had personally reached out to him about the movie's influence on him.
At age 17, Mayer suffered from cardiac dysrhythmia (a.k.a. irregular heartbeat) leaving him hospitalized for a weekend. "That was the moment the songwriter in me was born", he said of the episode in an interview to Rolling Stone. "I discovered a whole other side of me. I came home that night and started writing lyrics. I discovered it all at once: It was like opening up a lockbox, and inside was a depth that I didn't even know I had as a person, or a writer—incredible creativity and vision and neurosis, complete neurosis. They all go together."
At the 2005 GRAMMY Awards, Mayer won Song of the Year for his tender single "Daughters," but told reporters and in later interviews that he believed Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You" should have won. Proving he wasn't just talk, he actually gave the top half of the award to Keys which the diva later said is one of her favorite GRAMMY memories.
At the height of the blogging age, Mayer at one point was maintaining five different blogs. He frequently wrote on his MySpace page, a blog at his official site, one at Honeyee.com, a Tumblr page, and a photo blog at StunningNikon.com. Also starting in June 2004, he began a column titled "Music Lessons With John Mayer" for Esquire magazine.
His wrist is a wonderland: John has revealed he's an avid watch collector with a collection worth "tens of millions," as he told to The New York Times. His collection has everything from super-valuable Rolexes to vintage Casio G-Shocks.
To further show how serious he is about what's on his wrist, Mayer filed a lawsuit seeking $656,000 (not including damages and interest) from a California watch dealer, for using watch pieces that, he claims, contain non-authentic elements.
During his series of controversial interviews from 2009 to 2010, Mayer told Playboy about snogging the controversial blogger. "The only man I've kissed is Perez Hilton," he said in the interview that came under fire. "It was New Year’s Eve and I decided to go out and destroy myself. I was dating Jessica at the time, and I remember seeing Perez Hilton flitting about this club and acting as though he had just invented homosexuality. All of a sudden I thought, I can outgay this guy right now. I grabbed him and gave him the dirtiest, tongue-iest kiss I have ever put on anybody—almost as if I hated fags. I don’t think my mouth was even touching when I was tongue kissing him, that’s how disgusting this kiss was. I’m a little ashamed. I think it lasted about half a minute. I really think it went on too long."
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