Singer John Mayer found himself in hot water earlierthis month after he famously dished about privatedetails regarding exes Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson, and even worse, was widely accused of racism forother comments he made in a Playboy interview. Repeated apologies and tearfulonstage apologies did little to curtail the damage done to his reputation.But Mayer may have found redemption in the form of an act of kindness toward a fellow musician: an 11-year-old named Austin Christy. Theboy's dreams came true at a John Mayer concert in Philadelphia on Sunday night, when the celebrity singer-guitarist invited youngChristy onstage to play a song in front of over 25,000 fans.
Mayer's gesture was prompted by his tween fan's cleverattention-grabbing tactic. Austin, who says he's been practicing Mayer's songsfor over two years, showed up at Sunday's show carrying a homemade sign thatdisplayed a hand-drawn guitar and the plea "Can I play 'Belief" with you?" Mayer couldn't resist.
In a popular YouTube video of the random act ofconcert kindness, Austin calmly shares the stage with Mayer, acutely focused onhis performance of the song:
"I was really excited. I was thinking that itwasn't real," the New Jersey sixth-grader gushed to a reporterafter the show.
Christy also told the Courier Post Online, "I thought it was pretty cool because a lot ofother artists wanted to play with him and he picked an 11-year-old out of a lotbetter artists."
And Mayer didn't share just his stage with Austin. Afterwards, the multimillion-album-sellingartist gave the boy the red Squier guitar and guitar picks that Austin had borrowed from Mayer for the performance.
Mayer signed the guitar's base: "To Austin, Yourock. Keep playing. See you at your show."
The incident sparked so much goodwill from fans that whenAustin and his mom finally headed home from what was surely one of the best nights oftheir lives, they were escorted by bodyguards to help them through the crowd ofsmiling fans.
Just hours after his performance with hisyoung-musician fan, he tweeted, "8 out of 8 band members agree, Philly is alwaysan awesome show. XO J"
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