A John Mayer concert in Livingston, Montana raised more than $100,000 to help firefighters who battled this past summer’s Pine Creek Fire that burned through the community of Pine Creek seven miles south of Livingston August 29. Mr. Mayer owns a home there but was not in the area when five homes and 8,500 acres burned.
The January 16 show, held at the Emerson Theater in downtown Bozeman, marked Mayer’s first in-concert performance as a singer since April 1, 2011 after suffering a throat granuloma which forced the artist to cancel some appearances.
Zac Brown and Clay Cook of the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band joined Mayer on stage. Special guests included David Ryan Harris, Sean Hurley, Aaron Sterling, Ben Bullington and Lil Jane & The Pistol Whips. John performed three songs–”Speak for Me,” “Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey” and “If I Ever Get Around To Living”–from his latest album, Born and Raised, and “Who Says” from 2009′s Battle Studies.
“Without the tireless effort and dedication of the firefighters of the Pine Creek Fire, many more homes and memories would have been destroyed, mine among them” said Mayer. “I wasn’t in town when the fire broke out and I’ve always wished I could do my part to help, the way so many in the community did. Putting on a concert to raise some money for the departments is the least I can do for a town and a community that has welcomed me with open arms.”
Thanks go out to Dick