John Mayer to kick off winter tour at Coliseum 

Tickets go on sale Sat. Nov. 21

Grammy Award-winning pop-rock songwriter and guitarist John Mayer leads his Battle Studies Tour to the North Charleston Coliseum in February with special guest act Michael Franti & Spearhead. Tickets for the show — solid for Mon. Feb. 8 — go on sale Sat. Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Coliseum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix stores), by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com.

Since his acclaimed major label debut in 2001 — Room For Squares — Mayer has earned critical praise for his musicianship and singing voice, and an enormous fan base for his smooth musical style and charm. The songwriter's fourth studio album, Battle Studies (Columbia), hits the street Tues. Nov. 17. Label publicists say the new collection "incorporates the warmth, melodies and simplicity of '70s and '80s California rock and pop ... it's a confessional, relaxed, and liberated album recorded in a private home in California where Mayer lived and worked over the course of six months before wrapping at the famed Capitol Studios in Los Angeles."

Mayer co-produced the tracks with veteran studio engineer and New York-based funk/rock drummer Steve Jordan. Mayer's web site, allows fans who pre-order Battle Studies now through Nov. 10 to access their own exclusive tour pre-sale to purchase up to 12 tickets before they're available anywhere else.

Fuse — a national music television network and a division of Madison Square Garden — plans to broadcast a CD release concert live from Manhattan's historic Beacon Theatre on Tues. Nov. 17 as well. The program, titled "Fuse Presents: John Mayer Live From the Beacon Theatre," will be broadcast overseas to U.S. troops and their families by The American Forces Network to reach those stationed in 175 countries and on 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea. The American Forces Network's Television's "Spectrum" channel will air the concert on Dec. 6 and again and on New Year's Eve.

This North Charleston Coliseum show will be the official kick-off for Mayer's 10-week tour across North America. Visit northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com, johnmayer.com, and michaelfranti.com for more.

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