John Mayer was supposed to perform at the Oakdale Theater in April, but he’s canceled the show in his home state and taking an indefinite leave from his tour after a granuloma returned in his throat.
The same condition forced the Fairfield native to take a long break in 2011. Now, he is preparing for surgery and a “very long chemically-imposed period of silence,” Mayer posted on his Web site.
A granuloma is a benign growth caused from irritation or trauma, according to Dr. Lucian Sulica, a throat doctor. It is often found at the back of the vocal fold.
Mayer has not toured in two years.
His soon-to-be released album, “ Born and Raised” will be released on schedule and he plans to begin writing his next album soon.
Mayer posted the following on Tumblr:
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. …”
“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.”