John Mayer has just cancelled his tour, including a show at Shea's due to MAJOR throat problems.
First, a personal message from John:
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.
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.
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. In short, it's one giant pain in the ass.
Okay, so here's the plan... Born and Raised will be released as
scheduled, but because I don't make a very good
anything-other-than-a-musician, I'm going to begin writing the next
album 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. 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. 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. 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. So these are the new circumstances, and I'll find a way
to make it mean something. That's all you can ever do.
And the official press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JOHN MAYER TO TAKE INDEFINITE HIATUS FROM LIVE PERFORMING
Recently Announced Tour Canceled
New Album Born and Raised Will Still be Released May 22, 2012
New York City, March 9, 2012- Seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer has canceled his recently announced U.S. tour and will take an indefinite hiatus from live performing due to the return of the granuloma in his throat. Mayer was treated for the same condition and placed on extensive vocal rest in 2011. The 18-city tour was to be his first in the United States in two years. Ticket purchasers should refer to their point of purchase for refund details.
His new album Born and Raised will be released as planned by Columbia Records on May 22, 2012. The album’s first single—“Shadow Days”—debuted March 5 and is available on iTunes.
“Nothing feels worse than having to break the stage down before the performance, and I mean
nothing. 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,”
wrote Mayer to fans via his tumblr blog earlier today.
Canceled concert appearances include:
Thursday, March 15: Oklahoma City; WinStar World Casino
Friday, March 16: Oklahoma City; WinStar World Casino
Monday, April 9: Bloomington, IN; the IU Auditorium
Tuesday, April 10: East Lansing, MI; the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, April 12: Grand Rapids, MI; DeVos Performance Hall
Friday, April 13: West Lafayette, IN (Purdue University); Elliot Hall of Music
Saturday, April 14: Detroit, MI; Fox Theatre
Tuesday, April 17: Orono, ME (University of ME); Collins Center for the Arts
Wednesday, April 18: Providence, RI; PPAC Providence Performing Arts Center
Thursday, April 19: West Point, NY; Eisenhower Hall Theatre
Saturday, April 21: Buffalo, NY; Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Sunday, April 22: Wallingford, CT; The Oakdale Theatre
Tuesday, April 24: Richmond, VA; Landmark Theater
Thursday, April 26: Tuscaloosa, AL; Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Sunday, April 29: New Orleans, LA; Jazz & Heritage Fest
Monday, April 30: Memphis, TN; The Orpheum Theatre
Wednesday, May 2: Kansas City, MO; Starlight Theatre
Friday, May 4: Albuquerque, NM; Sandia
Saturday, May 5: Las Vegas, NV; The Joint
Sunday, May 6: Phoenix, AZ; Comerica Theatre