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Thread started 01/25/20 3:26pm

kitbradley

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Huey Lewis Hearing Loss & End of Singing Career

Suffering from a disease that causes debilitating hearing loss, Grammy-winner Huey Lewis says he is unable to sing or perform, and that his upcoming album, "Weather," might be his last, in an interview with John Blackstone for "CBS Sunday Morning" to be broadcast January 26.

Lewis, the frontman for Huey Lewis and The News (known for such hits as "The Power of Love," "If This Is It," and "The Heart of Rock & Roll"), has been battling Meniere's Disease for two years. He tells Blackstone he lost his hearing in his right ear, and then during a performance in Dallas on January 27, 2018, the symptoms became debilitating.

"And I went on stage and it was horrible," Lewis said. "It was just unbelievable. Couldn't hear a thing. Sang out of tune. Had the worst night of my life." "And he was a whole step flat," says band member Bill Gibson. "It was clear that he could not get the pitch of the song. So, I remember looking at our bass player, John Pierce. We looked, immediately looked at each other and went, 'Uh, oh.'" Lewis told Blackstone he has good and bad days with his hearing; the disease doesn't just cause hearing loss, but hearing distortion.

After Lewis' worst night, the band canceled a tour, ending their time on the road together after nearly 40 years. The group will release a new album new month, titled "Weather." There are only seven songs on it. But Lewis can no longer record or perform because of the disease.

The singer, 69, told Blackstone he had no intention of slowing down – until Meniere's made the decision for him. "All those shows. All those shows were canceled," Lewis said. "And I miss the guys. I miss the camaraderie, you know?"

https://www.cbsnews.com/n...ng-career/

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Reply #1 posted 01/25/20 3:36pm

esmerose

I read earlier today. So sad.

We never know what is waiting around the corner.

A reminder to live now and be thankful.
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Reply #2 posted 01/25/20 5:43pm

alphastreet

That’s so sad.
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Reply #3 posted 01/25/20 9:31pm

TrivialPursuit

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I remember this story quite a while back. It's odd that CBS is picking up on it just now, or re-reporting it. There was an article in Feb 2019 about it all. I seem to remember an interview with him, too. It was likely on CBS Sunday Morning. There was a brief reprieve from it all later in 2019. I suppose this new reporting is the final nail in the coffin.

It sucks. I always enjoyed Huey & the boys.

Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #4 posted 01/26/20 5:23am

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Its been picked up because the album is set to come out, great music on it, but absolutely no radio play because radio and media sucks and is run by children. But also its been picked up because its gotten a lot worse, Huey was fighting it hoping it would return but its not, hes even admitted to wanting to kill himself a few times. People always think of SIGHT being the worst to lose, but it seems that hearing and also senses like smell and taste when lost lead to deeply depressive suicidal thoughts.


"We went where our music was appreciated, and that was everywhere but the USA, we knew we had fans, but there is only so much of the world you can play at once" Magne F
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Reply #5 posted 01/26/20 10:00am

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lastdecember said:

Its been picked up because the album is set to come out, great music on it, but absolutely no radio play because radio and media sucks and is run by children. But also its been picked up because its gotten a lot worse, Huey was fighting it hoping it would return but its not, hes even admitted to wanting to kill himself a few times. People always think of SIGHT being the worst to lose, but it seems that hearing and also senses like smell and taste when lost lead to deeply depressive suicidal thoughts.


That's horrible to hear (no pun). I see there's an updated report on CBS Sunday Morning's YouTube channel this morning. (They upload all their stories individually after the show airs.) I dread watching this one.

Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #6 posted 01/26/20 2:04pm

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I am so mad I missed a chance to see him in concert while my whole family went, about six or so years ago.

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Reply #7 posted 01/27/20 6:46am

PeggyO

He explained what music sounds like now. The segment is worth watching.

CBS Morning on Sundays is often quite good.

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Reply #8 posted 02/19/20 7:30pm

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new music video for Her Love Is Killin' Me

For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #9 posted 02/20/20 8:56am

alphastreet

This thread motivated me to get a hearing test, cause I now hear musical notes 2 semitones higher than what it actually is, and hope it’s fixable
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Reply #10 posted 02/21/20 10:12pm

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Sad to hear about Huey.

They killed it in the early 80's

Don't laugh at my funk
This funk is a serious joint
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Reply #11 posted 02/22/20 5:24am

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The new album even though only seven songs because of Huey's hearing issues, the album is pure perfection all the way. If his hearing contiues to worsen this is the last record for sure.


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