Huey Lewis ‘can’t hear music well enough to sing,’ cancels 2018 dates
Veteran rocker Huey Lewis has been forced to scrap all remaining dates on his 2018 calendar so he can focus on hearing loss issues.
The Huey Lewis & the News leader has been diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, a chronic condition with symptoms including vertigo and tinnitus, and doctors have urged him to take a break from touring or risk losing his hearing for good.
“Two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing,” he posted on Facebook. “Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing.
“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.”
Upon hearing the news, Ryan Adams — a fellow Meniere’s sufferer — reached out to Lewis to wish him well in his recovery.
“Good sir, you hang in there,” he tweets. “Menieres is a tough ride at first. It’s confusing & hard to explain to others, as they cannot see it. BUT you will rise above it and be better than ever.”