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John Mayer Speaks Out at Benefit

Miranda Barros

by Miranda Barros

Published January 17, 2013

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On March 2012, John Mayer made a distressing announcement on his blog of an "indefinite hiatus," canceling his summer 2012 U.S. tour due to the return of a throat granuloma after a failed surgery. The singer expressed his disappointment, but remained determined: "So these are the new circumstances, and I’ll find a way to make it mean something. That’s all you can ever do."

After a second round of surgery in August and a few more months of restful silence, Mayer is back on stage. On January 16th, Mayer sang for the first time in concert since 2011 at the Livingston Town Proper: A Concert to Benefit the Fighters of the Pine Creek Fire. The benefit helped raise more than $100,000 to help firefighters who battled this past summer’s devastating Pine Creek Fire. The fire, which destroyed more than 8,500 acres of forest and farmland, caused damage in and around the town of Livingston, right outside of Bezemon, Montana where the singer now resides in.

Mayer performed an eight-minute version of "If I Ever Get Around to Living" from his latest album Born and Raised and "Who Says" from his 2009 album Battle Studies. While raspy, Mayer seemed genuinely pleased to be performing on stage once again: "To get back onstage and play again was like, 'Oh, right, this is what I'm able to do'...It's been very fun to discover it again."

The singer will be back on the road this spring and summer, notably making stops at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in New York and New Orleans' Jazz Fest.

Source: Rolling Stone Magazine RS 1176

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