Huey Lewis Cancels All Future Shows: ‘I Can’t Hear Music Well Enough to Sing’

They say the heart of rock and roll is still beating. The ears, however, are apparently not doing so well lately.

Huey Lewis announced Friday that he and his band, the News, had canceled all of their shows for 2018, saying, “I can’t hear music well enough to sing.”

Lewis said, “I lost most of my hearing,” adding that it happened two and a half months ago, prior to a show in Dallas.

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While the singer noted that he “can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone,” as far as music is concerned, the “lower frequencies distort violently, making it impossible to find pitch.”

Lewis added that he has sought help at the House Ear Institute, the Stanford Ear Institute and the Mayo Clinic, and that his 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.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, Meniere’s disease is “a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes in which you feel as if you’re spinning (vertigo), and you have fluctuating hearing loss with a progressive, ultimately permanent loss of hearing, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and sometimes a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ear.”

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“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.”

Huey Lewis and The News cancel all 2018 performances. See attached note from Huey. pic.twitter.com/FbWqDlGwnR

– Huey Lewis (@Huey_Lewis_News) April 13, 2018

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They say the heart of rock and roll is still beating. The ears, however, are apparently not doing so well lately.

Huey Lewis announced Friday that he and his band, the News, had canceled all of their shows for 2018, saying, “I can’t hear music well enough to sing.”

Lewis said, “I lost most of my hearing,” adding that it happened two and a half months ago, prior to a show in Dallas.

While the singer noted that he “can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone,” as far as music is concerned, the “lower frequencies distort violently, making it impossible to find pitch.”

Lewis added that he has sought help at the House Ear Institute, the Stanford Ear Institute and the Mayo Clinic, and that his 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.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, Meniere’s disease is “a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes in which you feel as if you’re spinning (vertigo), and you have fluctuating hearing loss with a progressive, ultimately permanent loss of hearing, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and sometimes a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ear.”

“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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Hollywood Reacts to Death of Chuck Berry: ‘This Breaks My Heart’

Hollywood took to social media Saturday afternoon to mourn the death of legendary rock and roll musician, Chuck Berry, who died Saturday at 90.

Berry’s passing touched fellow musicians, actors, filmmakers and other luminaries, who expressed their condolences and reminisced about the iconic performer of classics such as “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Johnny B. Goode.”

Author Stephen King tweeted: “This breaks my heart, but 90 years old ain’t bad for rock and roll. Johnny B. Goode forever.” Rocker Lenny Krazitz said, “Hail Hail Chuck Berry!!! None of us would have been here without you. Rock on brother!”

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Other celebrities who shared their thoughts include comedian Dane Cook, “Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson, actor Russell Crowe, and fellow rock and rollers Ringo Starr, Slash, Huey Lewis, Billy idol and Nikki Sixx.

Just let me hear some of that rock ‘n’ roll music any old way you use it I am playing I’m talking about you. God bless Chuck Berry Chuck ???? pic.twitter.com/XmwmaGzGpL

— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 18, 2017

Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived.

— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) March 18, 2017

The Rolling Stones are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was a true pioneer of rock’n’roll & a massive influence. pic.twitter.com/RT4NZH3KeQ

— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) March 18, 2017

Heart broken to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was undisputedly the king. A moment of… https://t.co/sR8A2YMnq0

Slash (@Slash) Slash/status/843236839720808448”>March 18, 2017

Hail Hail Chuck Berry!!! None of us would have been here without you. Rock on brother! https://t.co/tOMuQzUgPX

Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) March 18, 2017

RIP Chuck Berry who has died at 90. #truelegand
My condolences to his cousin Marvin who found the new sound he was lookin’ for.

Dane Cook (@DaneCook) March 18, 2017

So sad to share the news of the exceptional Chuck Berry’s passing…RIP Chuck…
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— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) March 18, 2017

Chuck Berry died. This breaks my heart, but 90 years old ain’t bad for rock and roll. Johnny B. Goode forever.

Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 18, 2017

Goodbye to the one and only Chuck Berry. He was rock & roll personified. pic.twitter.com/RuxpfIkeiX

Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) March 18, 2017

The King is dead. RIP Chuck Berry.

marc maron (@marcmaron) March 18, 2017

Chuck Berry. Maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll. His music and his influence will last forever. – Huey

— Huey Lewis (@Huey_Lewis_News) March 18, 2017

RIP Chuck Berry… https://t.co/Wmbg5wXRzz

— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) March 18, 2017

Thou Shall Have No Other Rock Gods Before Him #ChuckBerry rip @ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame https://t.co/bU22p2cywb

— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) March 18, 2017

RIP Chuck Berry. Without him Rock n Roll wouldn’t be what it came to be. https://t.co/H44LMiaR8f

Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) March 18, 2017

Berry’s natural, unmistakable showmanship and unique talent made him one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame upon its 1986 opening.

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Hollywood took to social media Saturday afternoon to mourn the death of legendary rock and roll musician, Chuck Berry, who died Saturday at 90.

Berry’s passing touched fellow musicians, actors, filmmakers and other luminaries, who expressed their condolences and reminisced about the iconic performer of classics such as “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Johnny B. Goode.”

Author Stephen King tweeted: “This breaks my heart, but 90 years old ain’t bad for rock and roll. Johnny B. Goode forever.” Rocker Lenny Krazitz said, “Hail Hail Chuck Berry!!! None of us would have been here without you. Rock on brother!”

Other celebrities who shared their thoughts include comedian Dane Cook, “Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson, actor Russell Crowe, and fellow rock and rollers Ringo Starr, Slash, Huey Lewis, Billy idol and Nikki Sixx.

Berry’s natural, unmistakable showmanship and unique talent made him one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame upon its 1986 opening.

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