John Mayer discusses crafting new single Love on the Weekend

John Mayer of Dead & Company performs at American Express Presents: AMEX UNSTAGED Featuring Dead & Company Directed By Brett Ratner at Madison Square Garden on November 7, 2015 in New York City.

John Mayer of Dead & Company performs at American Express Presents: AMEX UNSTAGED Featuring Dead & Company Directed By Brett Ratner at Madison Square Garden on November 7, 2015 in New York City.

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for American Express

John Mayer knows all-too-well about how a single song can be the last piece needed to complete an album. For his first studio album in over three years, The Search for Everything, he found the final piece to the puzzle in the record’s first single, ‘Love on the Weekend’.

“It is one of the earliest to be finished,” Mayer said of the song. “But, more importantly, it’s the one that I knew I needed to call the record ‘done.’”

‘Love on the Weekend’ premiered on Nov. 17 and has since peaked at No. 5 on the U.S. Hot Rock Songs chart. The Search for Everything is slated to be released in 2017. Speaking with Jenny Eliscu on The Spectrum (Ch. 28), Mayer likened ‘Love on the Weekend’ to finding the first single for his 2006 album Continuum.

“I was talking about this for a year and Steve Jordan, great drummer, brilliant guy, dear friend of mine who’s helping to produce the record, said, ‘You’re gonna get another one,’” he explained. “I said, ‘I hope so,’ because ‘Waiting On The World To Change’ came at the 11th hour on Continuum. I knew the record need one more.”

As soon as he heard the song, Mayer said he knew the record wouldn’t be complete without it. ‘Love on the Weekend’ is a callback to his pop-rock roots, so he felt it was important to remind fans that he still has that type of music in him.

“Something about when ‘Love on The Weekend’ hit, I was like, that’s the color for the painting that the painting didn’t have,” Mayer said. “While it’s probably the least representative of where the rest of the record is going in terms of its largess, I think it’s really necessary to let fans know that I still love making these kinds of songs. There’s no guitar solo in it, because the song doesn’t want one.”

LOVE ON THE WEEKEND – JOHN MAYER

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