Eric Clapton is going deaf, the guitarist said in a recent interview on BBC Radio 2.
“I am still going to work. I’m doing a few gigs. I am going to do a show at Hyde Park [British Summer Time Festival] in July,” Us Magazine reported the the 72-year-old musician as saying during said the BBC interview . “The only thing I’m concerned with now is being in my 70s and being able to be proficient. I mean, I’m going deaf, I’ve got tinnitus, my hands just about work.”
Clapton also suffers from “peripheral neuropathy, which causes weakness and pain in hands and feet” and he “said in June 2016 that the nerve damage has affected his ability to play the guitar,” according to Us Magazine.
Clapton is one of the world’s most acclaimed guitarists and most successful rock stars. His career now spans six decades.
He’s also the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having been enshrined as a solo artist as well as a member of both the Yardbirds and Cream.
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Clapton is not alone when it comes to rockers who have experienced hearing loss. Others reportedly include Sting, Ozzy Osbourne and Neil Young, according to Us Magazine.
“I tried wearing a hearing aid, but I heard more than I wanted to hear! People talk a lot of s–t. … I’m fairly deaf and ‘what?’ is my favorite word,” Sting said during a SiriusXM interview, according to Us Magazine.
Source:: East Bay – Entertainment