Throat malady sidelines Mayer's melodies for now
Published 8:15 am, Saturday, March 10, 2012
Grammy Award-winner John Mayer, who grew up in Fairfield, announced Friday he is canceling his recently announced U.S. tour -- including a stop in Wallingford -- and will take an indefinite hiatus from live performing because of a throat condition.
Mayer is suffering from granuloma, a medical term for the inflammation of tissues caused by an injury or infection, in his throat. He was treated for the same condition and put on extensive vocal rest in 2011.
"Nothing feels worse than having to break the stage down before the performance, and I mean nothing," Mayer said in a statement to his fans posted on his Tumblr page on Friday. "I love this band you were going to hear, I love the guys and girls I work with, and the only thing that stops me from devolving into a puddle of tears is knowing that it's a long life, and the greatest gift in the world is being able to create music no matter what the circumstances."
Mayer said "something didn't feel/sound right," during rehearsal Tuesday and he decided to check in with his throat doctor. A scope of his vocal cords showed the granuloma had grown back where it had mostly healed, Mayer said.
His new album, "Born and Raised," will be released as planned by Columbia Records on May 22. The album's first single, "Shadow Days," is available on iTunes.
Mayer said on Tumblr he plans to begin writing his next album 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," he said. "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."