Huey Lewis says he’s losing his hearing, cancels 2018 shows



Huey Lewis announced via Twitter Friday he is losing his hearing, and as a result, all his 2018 shows have been canceled.

“Two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing. Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing,” the announcement said. “The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to find pitch. I’ve been to the House Ear Institute, the Stanford Ear Institute, and the Mayo Clinic, hoping to find an answer. The doctors believe I have Meniere’s disease and have agreed that I can’t perform until I improve.

“Therefore the only prudent thing to do is to cancel all future shows. Needless to say, I feel horrible about this, and wish to sincerely apologize to all the fans who’ve already bought tickets and were planning to come see us. I’m going to concentrate on getting better, and hope that one day soon I’ll be able to perform again.”

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Lewis, 67, had a number of dates scheduled into the summer. He’s also been working on a stage musical based on his music called Heart of Rock and Roll, which was announced in February. Lewis joins a list of performers to have had struggles with hearing loss in recent years that includes Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, and former AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson.

Photo credit: Carl Lender [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

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