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September 22, 2014

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John Mayer’s voice ‘indefinitely’ silenced from the stage; tour canceled

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Tom Donoghue

John Mayer was supposed to jam in Vegas this May, but now he won’t be jamming anywhere—at least not with his voice.

In a recent Vogue profile, superstar Brit chanteuse Adele mentioned that John Mayer helped her stay strong during throat surgery. “John Mayer had it done at the same time as I did, and he really helped me be chilled out about it,” she said.

Mayer may need her to return the favor. An official statement today announced the singer-songwriter/guitar badass will be taking an “indefinite hiatus” from live performing due to the return of his throat condition. The granuloma that was treated last year has returned, meaning Mayer’s planned 18-city tour—what would have been his first U.S. tour in two years—is not happening.

He was scheduled to perform at the Joint May 5, and ticket-holders should refer to their point of purchase for refund details. Having seen Mayer perform live, I can genuinely say they’re missing out. Whatever the quirks of his personality, he and that guitar and that raw voice can be magical. Hence the seven Grammys.

“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,” Mayer reportedly wrote to fans through his Tumblr blog.

His new album, Born and Raised, will be released as planned on May 22. Its first single is called “Shadow Days.” Let’s hope that song title isn’t an omen.

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