*Following a series of tweets apologizing for his use of the N-word during a recent interview with Playboy, singer John Mayer continued to say how sorry he was during a concert in Nashville Wednesday night.

Visibly choked up, the musician told his audience at the Sommet Center that he got caught up in “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 added that his band members 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.”

As previously reported, Mayer used the N-word while attempting to explain his strong African American fan base and collaborations with rappers Jay-Z, Kanye West and Common.

“Someone asked me the other day, ‘What does it feel like now to have a hood pass?” he told Playboy. “And by the way, it’s sort of a contradiction in terms, because if you really had a hood pass, you could call it a nigger pass. Why are you pulling a punch and calling it a hood pass if you really have a hood pass? But I said, ‘I can’t have a hood pass. I’ve never walked into a restaurant, asked for a table and been told, ‘We’re full.'”

In response to bubbling outrage, the artist fired off a series of tweets apologizing for his choice of words

“Re: using the ‘N word’ in an interview: I am sorry that I used the word,” Mayer tweeted. “And it’s such a shame that I did because the point I was trying to make was in the exact opposite spirit of the word itself. It was arrogant of me to think I could intellectualize using it, because I realize that there’s no intellectualizing a word that is so emotionally charged.”

“Again, because I don’t want anyone to think I’m equivocating: I should have never said the word and I will never say it again,” Mayer tweeted.