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John Mayer's vocal trouble returns, U.S. tour canceled

John Mayer is on indefinite vocal rest

John Mayer has every right to sing the blues, as the crooner can't sing at all thanks to a returning throat condition.

Mayer spent the bulk of 2011 recovering from a granuloma, an inflammation, in this case in tissue where his vocal cords touch, only to make a triumphant return at the top of the year with a completed album and a slate of U.S. tour dates.

Sadly, his conditioned has returned, and Mayer has been advised to take an indefinite vocal rest to ensure proper healing.

"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 wrote to fans on his blog.

"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 new record, "Born and Raised," will be released as planned May 22. While Mayer will go silent for an undetermined amount of time, he says writing his next record will be his saving grace.

"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," he said. 

The first single, "Shadow Days," hit radio earlier this month, but there's no word on what modified promotion Mayer might participate in. Here's wishing a speedy recovery, John. 

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Photo: John Mayer at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Credit: Kirk McCoy / Los Angeles Times



Ryan Seacrest assembles Lady Gaga, Coldplay, John Mayer and more for online concert

RyanseacrestOne would likely need Ryan Seacrest's Rolodex to assemble a roster of superstars for a two-day, online streaming music festival -- so it's probably best that the host has taken it upon himself to do just that.

Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Sting, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Nicki Minaj, John Mayer and the Black Eyed Peas are among those set to perform at the Las Vegas music festival Seacrest is spearheading with iHeartRadio.

Seacrest has also invited Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Kenny Chesneyand David Guetta for the digital to-do, set for Sept. 23-24 at the MGM Grand.

Lopez, from Seacrest's "American Idol" family, showed up on the "Today" show Monday to join in announcing the event, with talk turning to another announcement folks are waiting to hear from her: whether she'll as a judge on the Fox singing competition.

"I have no announcement to make as of this moment, but I promise ... you'll be the first to know," she teased.

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Photo: Ryan Seacrest is putting together a music festival featuring some of his most famous pals. Credit: Steve Shaw / 42 West

 


Taylor Swift debuts ‘Story of Us’ video [Poll]

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Taylor Swift launched her new "Story of Us" video on MTV on Tuesday night, sparking fresh gossip over who inspired the love song. Swift, who famously wrote "Forever & Always" about ex Joe Jonas, confessed the song is definitely about a former flame.

"Any time I'm onstage or watching the music video, the first thing that comes into my mind is the person I wrote the song about," she told MTV. "It's like the first thing that you think of is the moment that inspired the song, which is that excruciating, awful moment when you run into an ex for the first time."

Could it be John Mayer, Taylor Lautner or even Lucas Till? So far the country star is mum about whom the "Story" is based on, but will offer a few details. "Afterward, I just felt so empty, like we were both fighting this silent war of pretending we didn't care that the other was there," she said. "And I went home, and I wrote this song about it."

The "Story of Us," off her "Speak Now" album, captures the spirit of her awards show encounter, but in a different setting. In the video the couple falls in and out of love in the Vanderbilt University library. Looking especially preppy in her Ivy League get-up, Swift turns up the on-screen angst -- big time.

Whom do you think the video is about?

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Photo: Taylor Swift at Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World gala on May 4, 2011. Credit: Lucas Jackson / Reuters.


Giada De Laurentiis: 'Not a sliver of truth' to John Mayer affair rumor [polls]

Giada-de-laurentiis If every guy who'd said he was into Giada De Laurentiis actually took a run at the married Food Network host, even sexual dynamo John Mayer would have to wait in a very, very long line before getting his chance.

Despite that and De Laurenbtiis' adamant denial, Star magazine has claimed that the two are an item, citing anonymous eyewitness accounts of them being spotted at two different New York hotels, then bolstering the claims with the dependable sure-it-could-happen argument from a "source close to John."

"This doesn't surprise me one bit!" the Star reported the source saying. "He's always talked about how he was into her."

Yeah, Mayer and half of the Internet. Seriously, remember that chunk of the decade when it was nearly impossible to visit a male-dominated discussion board without running into serious discourse about "Giada vs. Rachael Ray: Who's hotter"? If the answer is no, you might need a few more keyboard cowboys in your life -- or you might simply be well adjusted.

On the side of sanity, Star cited the mother of a 2-year-old as saying that she and Mayer have met and she likes his music -- and denying anything remotely close to loving the smell of sexual napalm in the morning.

Demanding an apology and a retraction, a rep issued a much stronger statement Wednesday on Giada's website: "To be clear, they are not friends and cannot even go so far as to call John Mayer an acquaintance. There is not a sliver of truth to Star magazine's story."

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Photo: Giada De Laurentiis, with baker Buddy Valastro, signs autographs Oct. 25 during the Women's Conference in Long Beach. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

 


John Mayer on the joys of being single, opening for himself

John-mayer-jennifer-aniston Though weekend reports suggested John Mayer had reconciled with former flame Jennifer Aniston, Mayer sang a different tune Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl.

Checking into the famous venue for a stop on his Battle Studies world tour, Mayer waxed on the joys of being single while introducing his track "Perfectly Lonely."

"I have to answer to no one, I can do to this," Mayer said, breaking out into a silly dance.

"No one is going to have to explain at work why their boyfriend is dancing like a jerk."

As a single man running the show, Mayer chose his opening act -- himself.

While band Owl City officially opened, Mayer trotted out jazz pianist Brad Mehldau for a four-song collaborative set prior to his proper show. The men jammed on covers of "Wind Cries Mary" and "Bittersweet Symphony."

"I'm John Mayer opening for John Mayer. Are you ready for John Mayer after this?" he joked during the pre-set.

Mayer was full of quips and anecdotes for the crowd -- which included bold-named revelers like "Chuck's" Zachary Levi and comedian Jeff Ross -- one in particular about the perils of living in Los Angeles.

"Every morning I have my first cup of coffee and look out the bay windows and think about how possible each day is," he said, "by 2 a.m. I am surrounded...I am in the [rear end] of Los Angeles."

He asked fans in the arena if they'd consider showing him a good time in the City of Angels. Insert thunderous cries here.

-- Matt Donnelly

Twitter.com/MattDonnelly

Photo: John Mayer gets his guitar on. Credit: Associated Press

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Ab wars: John Mayer has himself a Situation at CMT Music Awards

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In his song "Half of My Heart" John Mayer sings, "Half of my heart's got a grip on the situation."

That is perhaps the only thing Mayer has on the Situation, as evidenced by this photo from last night's Country Music Television Awards.

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino ran into the singer-songwriter backstage at the telecast in Nashville, where Mayer raised his shirt in homage to the "Jersey Shore" star's signature move. The results are, in a nutshell, plain to see. 

Whatever your thoughts on the tummy juxtaposition, there's no denying ...

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John Mayer cancels European shows

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John Mayer's body is a wonderland. So, naturally, when he gets sick, taking care of his vessel is of the utmost concern -- even if it means making a few fans angry.

Mayer was “forced” to cancel several European shows (in Amsterdam, Madrid and Manchester, England) scheduled this week due to illness, according to the crooner’s website. Wonder what could be the source of this illness? Perhaps it’s that he really does have half a heart?

Following a sold-out performance in Copenhagen, Mayer had to cancel a second performance in the city -- which was to be held on Monday -- due to the unspecified illness.

Mayer is returning to the States to recover. He is scheduled to continue his tour in the United States in Charlotte, N.C., starting July 16.

--Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Mayer performing at Madison Square Garden in February.Credit: Henny Ray Abrams / Associated Press.


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John Mayer sings for Ferrari, admits he's a 'Tough Love' fan

Mayer ferrari John Mayer news has been scarce since the onset of his self-imposed cleverness hiatus, but the singer surfaced last  Thursday in Los Angeles for a Haiti benefit with luxury automaker Ferrari.

At the $125-million Fleur de Lys mansion in Holmby Hills, Mayer performed an acoustic set including his hit "Your Body Is a Wonderland" for the likes of "The Hurt Locker" star Jeremy Renner, director Michael Bay, Patrick Dempsey, Aaron Eckhart, Joel McHale, Malin Akerman, Molly Sims and "Melrose Place" actress Katie Cassidy.   

Between tunes, Mayer revealed -- perhaps to nobody's surprise -- that he's a fan of "Tough Love," a VH1 reality series devoted to relationship and dating advice.

Let's give Mayer some credit, however. He didn't spill this little nugget as an over-sharing bon mot between weepy love songs -- rather, spotting "Tough Love" host Steve Ward in the audience moved him to comment. 

Ward, a Philadelphia-based matchmaker, tweeted his surprise at the mention. Ward says Mayer recognized him in the crowd and said, "the 'Tough Love guy' is [here]. Best show on television. Hat's off to you."

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A fascinating chat with the writer behind John Mayer's Playboy interview

Mayer february The Ministry meant to bring attention late last week to this Ann Powers exchange with the writer behind John Mayer's controversial Playboy magazine interview, but life is life and it went on the back burner.

That said, a few days' time does not diminish our interest in The Times' music critic's e-mail conversation with Rob Tannenbaum, the veteran music writer and Playboy contributing editor who interviewed Mayer. It's full of behind-the-scenes goodness and also includes thoughts from both parties that go beyond the surface of the situation.

From Tannenbaum, about how Mayer "goes there":

"In most cases, I didn't have to bring up a sensitive topic because he beat me to it. He knows interviewers are going to ask these questions, so he brings them up voluntarily. It's a candid approach."

Also from Tannenbaum:

"I don't think it's fair for me to speculate on [Mayer's] motivations. People often come to regret things they've said in interviews. It's a thrill to speak the truth, but there are also ramifications ...

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Robert Pattinson shares a few freewheeling details -- you listening, John Mayer?

Rpattinson In the March issue of Details magazine, cover boy Robert Pattinson steps right up to what could've been the edge of John Mayer territory -- then cleverly walks away from that line, demonstrating that it's possible to discuss lady parts, man parts, porn and more without ending up thrown to the media wolves.

One tip: Don't run your mouth for years in advance like some sort of new-age, "meta-aware," cooler-than-all-of-us Twitter prophet.

Some other takeaway guidelines we gleaned from reading the interview:

-- If you say you want to snort something, let it be wasabi peas, not Jessica Simpson.

-- If someone's going to use an old-fangled word for black people, let it be the interviewer, not you.

-- It's OK to mention your man parts as long as you don't ascribe political beliefs to them.

-- If you're going to discuss porn, discuss the quaintness of '80s porn compared with the no-holds-barred smut fest that's available now, rather than relishing the fact that you can see 300 anonymous private parts online before you get out of bed in the morning.

-- If you're going to admit that sudden fame (and the attendant gabillions of interviews that come with something like "The Twilight Saga") gave you a  sense that you had "a responsibility to be fascinating," rather than attempting to be fascinating for fascinating's sake -- or as some would say, embarking on a  "quest to be clever" -- draw a parallel to an interest you once had in becoming a political speech writer. Which is sort of fascinating.

-- If you in the past possessed mad confidence, and admit to it, show that you now realize some folks might know more about some things (say, your career choices) than you might: "[Y]ou have to figure out whether the way you think at 19 or 20 has any value. And eventually I understood, with all that control, which was probably illusory, I wasn't progressing. So now I'm relinquishing a bit."

-- Tell endearing stories about experiences with elephants.

-- Talk about how much you love your dog.

-- And, finally, don't kiss and tell. 

"As an actor," he tells the magazine, "you can elevate the human condition or cheapen it. I would assume it's the same with anything you do -- you try to elevate and maybe someday you will."

Pattinson's Details interview is geared to adults -- we'll link you to the one page without an f-bomb -- but it's an interesting read.

And now we know that elephants purr.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo credit: Summit Entertainment

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