John Mayer Surprises Fans Onstage at Alec Benjamin's Sold-Out L.A. Show

Rising star Alec Benjamin kicked off the two-night LA run of his Outrunning Karma Tour with a bang.

The singer — who has racked up more than 650 million streams since his debut — surprised fans at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles Thursday with his pal John Mayer.

The musicians performed a duet of Benjamin’s hit song “Death of a Hero” before launching into Mayer’s classic hit “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room.”

Earlier this year, Benjamin, 24, opened up to Billboard about connecting with his idol after Mayer, 41, supported his music on social media.

“I sent John a message on Instagram like, ‘That’s crazy.’ But I realized I had sent him a message eight months before being like ‘Yo, I’m a huge fan, I love you, hope that I can meet you one day.’”

The pair became fast friends, and Mayer — who dubbed him a “young Jedi” — has become Benjamin’s go-to for advice about his career, tour life and songwriting.

“I talked to him all the time, actually,” said Benjamin. “He sent me a bunch of voice memos of new song ideas.”

Benjamin closes out his tour Friday night with a second show at the El Rey.

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