VIDEO: John Mayer Gets Emotional over Jessica Simpson Sex Talk

02/11/2010 AT 10:00 AM EST

Amidst criticism for his comments in a Playboy interview – including racist remarks and racy details of sex with Jessica SimpsonJohn Mayer issued a tearful, lengthy apology at his concert in Nashville on Wednesday night.

Wringing his hands on stage, the troubled guitarist told his audience at the Sommet Center that he fell into "a wormhole of selfishness, greediness and arrogance" and "in the quest to be clever, forgot about the people who love me and that I love."

Mayer, who was visibly choked up, added that his bandmates were on stage with him "not because they condone what I say in any given interview ... but they support myself as a possible future grown-up."

Mayer also said he's "done" with the media game, saying, "I just want to play my guitar," before introducing the band members individually.

During his emotional apology, the audience cheered and screamed. Before the show Mayer Tweeted: "I just wanted to play the guitar for people. Everything else just sort of popped up and I improvised, and kept doubling down on it."

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