Backed by a
percussionist and guitarist, opener Jason Mraz, with his broken arm
in a sling, kicked off his 45-minute set with a simple, "What's up
Mraz used the
opportunity to showcase songs from the new album, including the
opening track and first single "Word Play." The crowd seemed
familiar with the song, showing their enthusiasm for the line "Are
you listening to a single word I've said?"
Included in his set
was a heartbreaking cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man," into which
he interjected his trademark humor: the line "Mars ain't the kind of
place to raise your kids" became "Mraz ain't the kind of guy to
raise your kids."
Besides the "Mr.
A-Z" sign, a running storyline throughout the show was his mock
romantic interest in Morissette. In his hit "You and I," he added
impromptu lyrics about his tourmate. "Alanis, will you remove that
ring," he sang referring to her engagement ring from actor Ryan
Reynolds. "Why else did I come on this thing?"