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John Mayer Cancels Tour After Throat Condition Returns

Rocker says he will write new songs while he recovers

March 9, 2012 12:20 PM ET
John Mayer performs in Mountain View, California.
John Mayer performs in Mountain View, California.
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

John Mayer has been forced to take an indefinite break from live performance after learning that a granuloma on his vocal cords has grown back after doctors believed it had healed. The singer went to the doctor after noticing that something about his voice wasn't quite right in rehearsal on Tuesday. "This is bad news," Mayer wrote on his Tumblr this morning. "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."

The singer says that his new album Born and Raised, which had been delayed by his throat ailment, will be released on May 22nd as scheduled, and in the meantime he will begin work on writing new songs. "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," says Mayer. "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.

"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," Mayer added.

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