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Information on Spring 2012 Tour Cancellation

Seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer has canceled his recently announced U.S. tour and will take an indefinite hiatus from live performing due to the return of the granuloma in his throat.  Mayer was treated for the same condition and placed on extensive vocal rest in 2011.  The 18-city tour was to be his first in the United States in two years. Ticket purchasers should refer to their point of purchase for refund details.

His 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.

 
“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,” wrote Mayer to fans via his tumblr blog earlier today.

 
Canceled concert appearances include:

Thursday, March 15: Oklahoma City; Global Events Center at Winstar World Resort
Friday, March 16: Oklahoma City; Global Events Center at Winstar World Resort
Monday, April 9: Bloomington, IN; the IU Auditorium
Tuesday, April 10: East Lansing, MI; the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, April 12: Grand Rapids, MI; DeVos Performance Hall
Friday, April 13: West Lafayette, IN (Purdue University); Elliot Hall of Music
Saturday, April 14: Detroit, MI; Fox Theatre
Tuesday, April 17: Orono, ME (University of ME); Collins Center for the Arts
Wednesday, April 18: Providence, RI; PPAC Providence Performing Arts Center
Thursday, April 19: West Point, NY; Eisenhower Hall Theatre
Saturday, April 21: Buffalo, NY; Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Sunday, April 22: Wallingford, CT; The Oakdale Theatre
Tuesday, April 24: Richmond, VA; Landmark Theater
Thursday, April 26: Tuscaloosa, AL; Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Sunday, April 29: New Orleans, LA; Jazz & Heritage Fest
Monday, April 30: Memphis, TN; The Orpheum Theatre
Wednesday, May 2: Kansas City, MO; Starlight Theatre
Friday, May 4: Albuquerque, NM; Sandia
Saturday, May 5: Las Vegas, NV; The Joint
Sunday, May 6: Phoenix, AZ; Comerica Theatre

 
Mayer was also set to headline Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, March 17 as part of the South by Southwest music conference..  That concert has been canceled as well.

 

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I have no idea how to introduce this post, so I’m skipping the first paragraph.

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

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. In short, it’s one giant pain in the ass.

Okay, so here’s the plan… Born and Raised will be released as scheduled, but because I don’t make a very good anything-other-than-a-musician, I’m going to begin writing the next album very soon. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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. So these are the new circumstances, and I’ll find a way to make it mean something. That’s all you can ever do.

John

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Download “Shadow Days”

"Shadow Days", the first single from Born and Raised, is now available on iTunes.

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Born and Raised: 5/22/12

Born and Raised

Release date: 5/22/12

Track listing:

1. Queen of California

2. The Age of Worry

3. Shadow Days

4. Speak for Me

5. Something Like Olivia

6. Born and Raised

7. If I Ever Get Around To Living

8. Love is a Verb

9.  Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967

10. Whisky, Whisky, Whisky

11. A Face To Call Home

12. Born and Raised (Reprise)

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'Born and Raised' album cover.

'Born and Raised' album cover.

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2012 Spring Tour Announcement

We are excited to announce the first dates of the 2012 Spring Tour. All tickets for most shows will go on sale this Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd. In order to accommodate as many concertgoers as possible and provide an equal opportunity for purchasing tickets, there will be no pre-sale ticketing period. Please find details on this and other new ticketing policies below or at johnmayer.com.

Kacey Musgraves will support all shows unless otherwise noted. Ticket onsale times and more information for each show are posted on the tour page.

Most shows have third row seats available from Tickets for Charity. Through our partnership with NCIRE, all purchases and donations from Tickets for Charity will benefit returning veterans.

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Important:
Many of the venues on the tour will utilize Paperless Ticketing for all seats. Instead of receiving tickets before the event, the credit card used to make the purchase will serve as your ticket. Paperless tickets can be bought and sold via Ticketmaster TicketExchange (resale prices for tickets can be no more than 20% above face value). It is very important to review all the policies of Paperless Ticketing before completing your purchase - details and a helpful FAQ can be found here.

In the event that Paperless Ticketing is not enabled, the venue’s best seats will be available at Will Call only on the night of the show. These will be handled on a venue to venue basis. All those picking up tickets from Will Call must immediately enter the venue. Tickets are non-transferable (name changes not permitted).

With these new policies in effect, we encourage you to be wary of any other sources claiming to resell tickets to any shows on this tour.

Please understand that your ongoing support of John is never taken for granted. These new policies are meant to better serve, protect, and accommodate you. Please send feedback, and most importantly, enjoy the shows!