March 9th, 2012
01:17 PM ET
John Mayer recently announced his plans to tour this spring, but the singer is now bowing out of the trek.
According to a statement, the 34-year-old is taking an "indefinite hiatus" from performing because of recurring vocal issues. Last September, Mayer had to drop out of a string of concert stops after a granuloma was found next to his vocal cords.
He had surgery that fall and seemed to be on the mend. His album "Born and Raised" is due out on May 22, and his new song, "Shadow Days," debuted on the radio earlier this month. But the granuloma has returned.
"During rehearsal on Tuesday, it came to mind that I should see my throat doctor because something didn’t feel/sound right," he posted on his Tumblr Friday. "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."
As a result, he continued, "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."
Mayer goes on to explain that he's "pretty emotionally burnt out at the moment," but that he does hope to start working on his next album soon. That date is certainly TBD, as he's expecting another surgery and period of vocal rest.
“I'm completely bummed, especially for all of you who started making plans to see the show," he writes in his Tumblr post. "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."
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