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OTRC: John Mayer cancels U.S. tour due to throat illness, is 'bummed'

John Mayer appears in the video for his song 'Who Says' off of his 2009 album 'Battle Studies.' / A photo of the 'Born and Raised' cover from his official blog. (Sony Music Entertainment / johnmayer.com)

John Mayer has canceled his recently announced "Born and Raised" U.S. tour due to a throat ailment and adds that he is "completely bummed" about it but plans to use his down time to write a new album.

The 34-year-old singer made the announcement on his website on Friday, March 9. He had last month announced the concert series, which would have marked his first U.S. tour in about two years and which was supposed to help promote his upcoming fifth studio album, "Born and Raised," which is set for release in May.

"During rehearsal on Tuesday, it came to mind that I should see my throat doctor because something didn't feel/sound right," he said. "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," he said. "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."

The singer and guitarist went on to express his disappointment in the cancellation.

"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," he said. "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," he added. "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."

Mayer was treated for the same condition and placed on extensive vocal rest in October 2011. A vocal cord granuloma is a benign, inflammatory growth. Mayer described his as something that "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."

While Mayer is clearly unhappy about having to pull out of his tour commitments, he did promise fans he wouldn't stop making music. In fact, he says he plans to start on his sixth album right away, even though his fifth one has yet to be released.

"I feel really vibrant as a writer at the moment and there's no reason not to begin the next album project in the time I would have been touring," Mayer added. "Somewhere in all of this is another surgery and a very long chemically-imposed period of silence, so I hope you'll understand that I have to really pick that date carefully."

The songwriter's new album "Born and Raised" will be released as planned by Columbia Records on May 22, 2012. The album's first single, "Shadow Days," debuted March 5 and is available on iTunes.

This isn't the first time the artist has had to call off a performance. In 2010, Mayer canceled part of the European leg of his "Battle Studies World Tour" due to an undisclosed ailment. He recovered and performed in the United States later that year.

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