Unplugged Mayer not quite enough to turn on demanding party animals

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 June, 2008, 12:00am

Sometimes too much hype can do you in. With so much anticipation for accessory brand Coach's West Kowloon bash on Friday, it was inevitable that expectation exceeded execution. Buzz had been swirling since word came out (OK, maybe we leaked the info) that singer John Mayer (right) would be the guest entertainer for the flagship store opening celebration. The fever spiked again when folks had a preview glimpse of Coach's venue scaffold last Wednesday when they passed it heading to Diesel's party in the adjacent lot. That's why Mayer's half-hour set, which started near 10.30pm, was almost a letdown. Mind you, he was in fine form. But the singer (who frankly still doesn't have much name recognition here) - joined by another acoustic guitarist on a bare stage, singing basically an unplugged set sitting on a stool - is not quite what the glammed-up, boisterous local scene is used to. In other words, not many were holding up a lighter and singing along to Waiting On The World To Change or Your Body Is A Wonderland.

After the set, as guests continued to down the 1,500 bottles of champagne ordered for the event, the hot talk was whether Jennifer Aniston was also in town staying with Mayer at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Alas, she wasn't.