John Mayer Cancels Tour After Throat Problem Returns

Entertainment Mar. 9, 2012 AT 12:32PM
John Mayer Cancels Tour After Throat Problem Returns Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

John Mayer was looking forward to getting back on the road in 2012, but due to medical reasons, the singer has been forced to cancel his 21-city tour. The "Shadow Days" singer, 34, made the sad announcement on his Tumblr blog Friday.

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"During rehearsal on Tuesday, it came to mind that I should see my throat doctor because something didn't feel/sound right. I went in for a visit on Wednesday and a scope of my vocal cords revealed that the granuloma has grown back where it had mostly healed. This is bad news," Mayer explained. "Because of this, I have no choice but to take an indefinite break from live performing. Though there will be a day when all of this will be behind me, it will sideline me for a longer period of time than I care to have you count down."

(In October, Mayer had surgery to remove the granuloma [enlarged nodule] just above his vocal cord; he was on "complete vocal rest" during his monthlong recuperation.)

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"I want to explain this a bit more in depth than I have in the past, because I know there's some confusion as to what this condition is; a granuloma forms and continues to snowball because it's in a spot where the vocal cords hit together and there's no way to really give it a chance to heal without a good stretch of time and some pretty intensive treatment," Mayer wrote on his Tumblr. "In short, it's one giant pain in the ass."

Mayer's new album, Born and Raised, is still scheduled for release on May 22. The singer-songwriter plans to begin working on a new CD "very soon."

"I feel really vibrant as a writer at the moment and there's no reason not to begin the next album project in the time I would have been touring," Mayer wrote. "Somewhere in all of this is another surgery and a very long chemically-imposed period of silence, so I hope you'll understand that I have to really pick that date carefully."

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Mayer apologized profusely to his fans, writing: "I'm pretty emotionally burnt out at the moment, but please know how hard I tried to resolve this and how disappointed I am that I can't perform this record yet. I'm completely bummed, especially for all of you who started making plans to see a show. Nothing feels worse than having to break the stage down before the performance, and I mean nothing. . .these are the new circumstances, and I'll find a way to make it mean something. That's all you can ever do."

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