John Mayer hasn’t toured in a while due to lingering throat issues, and it looks like it may be even longer before he does: a press release I just received from the Jazz Fest press office says that he’s having to cancel his upcoming U.S. tour due to a “granuloma in his throat.” Now, I have no idea what a granuloma is, but it certainly sounds like something no one, especially a signer, would like to have — not to mention sounding just plain disgusting.
Additionally, in a lengthy post on his Tumblr, Mayer explained that he’s suspending his music career “indefinitely” to deal with his throat issues.
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…Somewhere in all of this is another surgery and a very long chemically-imposed period of silence…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.
Despite making probably a thousand John Mayer jokes on the internet over the years I was kind of looking forward to seeing him at Jazz Fest. Dude can play a guitar like few can. Get well, man.
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