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Just six months after he announced that he was going on vocal rest, John Mayer is sadly letting his fans know that he is being forced to take an "indefinite break" from music. The 34-year-old took to his blog today to announce the cancellation of his upcoming 21-city tour, thanks to the recurrence of a granuloma, the same ailment that caused him to cancel his 2011 tour and delay his album last year.
"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 explains on his blog. "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."
Mayer goes on to explain in his own words what a granuloma is. The growth occurs where the vocal cords meet, and because of that it's hard to give the area time to heal post-surgery. It's unclear whether this happened because Mayer tried to get back into singing too soon, or whether it likely would have grown back anyway.
The "Shadow Days" singer, who proved to be a calming influence on Adele when she underwent throat surgery in 2011, came across as very frustrated and defeated as he relayed the news. "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," he writes.
Mayer might be down, but he's not out as he plans to continue prepping for his next album. Born and Raised is still scheduled for release May 22, and Mayer promises that he'll start work on his 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 says. "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."