This July 4th will mark the 20th anniversary of the city’s Welcome America festivities on the Parkway, which culminate in what is billed as the “largest free concert in America.” We’ve had plenty of sucky headliners over the years. (Remember the Goo Goo Dolls?) But this year’s featured act really takes the cake.
6 ABC, a Welcome America “partner”, is reporting that John Mayer will headline. Yes, this is the same John Mayer who was accused not so long ago of making racist and homophobic comments in a Playboy interview. (Here’s a taste: “My dick is sort of like a white supremacist. I’ve got a Benetton heart and a fuckin’ David Duke cock. I’m going to start dating separately from my dick.” He also managed to throw in the N-word.) And yes, this is the same John Mayer who generally sucks the life out of every song he sings.
What the hell is the city thinking? Sure, the Roots will still be in attendance. But not even Questlove and his pals can take the foul John Mayer stench out of this 4th of July in Philadelphia. Oh, and rumor has it that Disney girl Demi Lovato is performing as well. Jersey Shore, here I come.