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John Mayer Giving Himself the Silent Treatment for the Next Month

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It's been a long time since anyone has heard from John Mayer, literally. The singer hasn't performed live since April 2011, he hasn't released an album since 2009, and he's even been missing from the gossip columns that would chronicle his every night on the town. (WireImage hasn't posted a photo of Mayer since June. June! Someone call a search party.) If it seems like Mayer is having a quiet 2011, it's because he's been forced to: The rocker, like Adele, has been struggling with throat inflammation for the past few months. Mayer's still able to type though, so he took to his Tumblr to let fans know what's up with his platinum-selling pipes.

"I wanted to give you an update on the granuloma just above my vocal cord. I had surgery this afternoon to remove it and am now on complete vocal rest for a month or more," Mayer wrote. "It's been a very long process in waiting to see if time was an alternative to surgery, but even given two weeks' voice rest (along with many other approaches), there was no change for the better." Here's what a "granumola" is; as a singer, it was essential for Mayer to have this nodule removed, as it could lead to bigger, more serious problems if ignored.

Mayer had originally planned on releasing his new album Born and Raised this month, but after he revealed his throat troubles last month, he also announced that his follow-up to 2009's Battle Studies would be pushed back to 2012. He added that he's still playing guitar every day in preparation for when he's able to perform his new songs live. The Amp would also recommend Mayer use his quiet time to perfect his standup comedy routine.

[Photo: Lester Cohen/WireImage.com]

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