Originally Posted by Darth Kenshin
By "alive," I assume you mean "still releasing new music," because last I checked, Eric Clapton, Slash, Eddie Van Halen, BB King, etc. are still alive.
I think Mayer's better than some of those (and I'm not
a fan of his music), but yes, to your overall point that is what I meant to say... he's the best current artist/best today (as in August 4th 2012) in the sense that the skills of Clapton, for example, have diminished to some degree. I don't think Mayer has reached that sort of peak.