Susan Marston, 58, a program manager from Boise, Idaho, said that unlike some longtime Dead fans who were skeptical when Mr. Mayer joined Dead & Company, she knew from the very beginning that he would bring something unique to the spinoff band.

“There were a lot of crusty people who said, ‘Oh, I can’t see John Mayer,'” Ms. Marston said. “But if you knew anything about John Mayer before joining Dead & Company, then you knew the guy could rip the blues to shreds.”

“Sometimes his eyes roll back in his head,” added Ms. Marston, who wore a black top covered with photos of Mr. Mayer. “It lifts everyone up because he’s so into what we like — it’s our sync with the band.” As she spoke, a man with a fake scarlet begonia tucked into his hat interrupted her to show a sticker that featured Mr. Mayer’s face flashing a particularly euphoric expression and surrounded by highly suggestive lyrics from the song “The Weight.”

Some Dead & Company fans said they never noticed Mr. Mayer’s expressions. Kim Holzem, 52, of Three Rivers, California, scoffed in disbelief when her husband, Tim, mentioned that he had never recorded the guitarist’s faces before.

“Sometimes he looks like he’s in pain, other times he looks like he’s happy,” said Ms. Holzem, who saw Dead & Company three times last weekend in San Francisco with her husband and two teenage sons.

Mr. Mayer, she added, “makes weird faces, but he’s still adorable.”

Skyler McKinley, 31, a Denver bar owner who was standing not far from the stage at the last show of the tour, said Mr. Mayer’s face was “inevitable” at live performances, in part because it is often “blown up, to skyscraper size” on massive screens. He added that Mr Mayer had the “sexual energy of a rock star” when performing, and compared his facial expressions to Mick Jagger’s dance moves.

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