Six months after delaying his new album and halting his touring plans to battle granuloma, John Mayer has revealed that the throat condition has persisted, and announced on his Tumblr blog on Friday (Mar. 9), "I have no choice but to take an indefinite break from live performing."
Mayer did confirm that Born And Raised, his fifth studio album, is still on track for a May 22 release through Columbia Records. However, the spring tour planned in support of the new full-length, which was set to kick off on April 9 in Bloomington, Ind., has been scrapped.
In the blog post, Mayer writes that he revisited his throat doctor earlier this week after "something didn't feel/sound right" during a rehearsal on Tuesday. "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," the singer-songwriter wrote.
Last September, Mayer was forced to postpone the fall 2011 release of Born and Raised and cancel a handful of tour dates after being diagnosed with granuloma. On Friday, Mayer wrote that this latest setback will require "another surgery and a very long chemically-imposed period of silence," although he hopes to begin writing the follow-up to Born and Raised in the downtime.
"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 continues in the blog post. "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."
Earlier this week, Mayer released his new album's first single, "Shadow Days," to iTunes. The follow-up to 2009's Battle Studies was produced by Mayer and Don Was, and features guest vocals by David Crosby and Graham Nash.