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Health forces John Mayer to cancel tour

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Pop hitmaker John Mayer has been forced to cancel his upcoming U.S. tour -- including an April 14 concert at Detroit's Fox Theatre -- due to health concerns.

The seven-time Grammy Award winner is taking an "indefinite hiatus from live performing" after a return of granuloma, an immune system disorder, in his throat. Mayer had surgery the same condition in 2011 and placed on extensive vocal rest while he was making his new album, "Born and Raised," with Detroit-born producer Don Was.

Mayer has canceled 18 shows, also including an April 12 stop in Grand Rapids, as well as he planned March 17 performance at the South By Southwest Music + Media Conference in Austin, Texas. Ticket holders can get refunds at the point of purchase.

"Born and Raised" will, however, be released as planned on May 22.

Mayer posted a tumblr statement on Friday (March 9) saying that, "I'm pretty emotionally burn 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...Nothing feels worse than having to break the stage down before the performance, and I mean nothing."

Mayer`s full statement reads:

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.


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