John Mayer has had to pull out of all of his upcoming performances including his SXSW showcase for next Saturday, March 18 citing health reasons.
Mayer had been suffering from granuloma, a growth on his vocal chords and thought he had the trouble fixed.
On Wednesday he went to see his doctor and was given the bad news that the granuloma had grown back.
“This is bad news,” he wrote in his blog. 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”.
John further explained the problem. “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,” he said.
John was due to unveil his new songs live for the first time at SXSW. “SXSW regrets to announce John Mayer has had to cancel his SXSW 2012 performance, along with his entire tour, due to health reasons. Mayer was set to headline Stubb’s BBQ on the evening of Saturday, March 17,” sxsw.com states.
“I’m completely bummed, especially for all of you who started making plans to see a show,” John says. “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”.