SXSW announced this morning that John Mayer has had to cancel his SXSW 2012 performance at Stubb’s BBQ on Saturday, along with his 18-city U.S. tour, due to health reasons.
“Nothing feels worse than having to break the stage down before the performance, and I mean nothing,” wrote Mayer to fans on his blog. “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.”
The seven-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and musician will take an indefinite hiatus from live performing due to the return of granuloma in his throat. Mayer was treated for the same condition and placed on extensive vocal rest in 2011.
“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,” he wrote. “In short, it’s one giant pain in the ass.”
Mayer will still release new album Born and Raised on May 22.