John Mayer was already one of the most fascinating figures in pop culture before he dropped the N-bomb in a disarmingly candid Playboy interview last month.

John Mayer was already one of the most fascinating figures in pop culture before he dropped the N-bomb in a disarmingly candid Playboy interview last month. Now his public persona - the self-aware douchebag who could laugh at his celebrity fratboy status even as he reveled in it - has been compounded by a Tiger Woods-style quest for redemption. It's a crass conclusion, but this latest ordeal has made the man's concert Friday somewhat of a must-see for gossip hounds. And don't forget it has some musical merit too; Mayer is one of pop's most reliable hit-makers and an increasingly respected bluesman. Perhaps he'll step his game up to a new level now that he's finally got something to cry about.