John Mayer will have to take it easy for awhile, after being diagnosed with a serious throat condition known as granuloma.
The inflamed nodule near his vocal chords has forced the Grammy-winning (and sometimes controversial) artist to take a break from singing until he is fully healed.
Mayer took to his Tumblr to tell fans personally that despite months of “week to week monitoring” and hopes to repair his condition, he’s “bummed” to report that he must bow out of the iheartradio Music Festival in Las Vegas and his appearance with Tony Bennett in Los Angeles.
The singer’s fifth solo album, Born and Raised, was set to release late this year, but will now be postponed until 2012. Mayer explains that the album is “complete as far as music recording, song selection, and in some cases mixing,” but goes on to add that his condition has prevented him from finishing singing on several of the tracks.
Though unsure of how long he’ll be out, Mayer calls this a “temporary setback” and says he’ll return to singing as soon as he gets the all-clear from his doctors. His time off won’t keep him from making more music, however: “Until then I’ll be spending time writing and composing more music and kicking an empty soup can around the West Village.”
To be honest, we wouldn’t be mad if he just performed entire shows comprised of guitar solos. That’s where the man’s talent lies, anyway.