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Jason Mraz

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 friends?"

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?"


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