Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Huey Lewis cancels Madison County concert due to hearing loss

Huey Lewis cancels Madison County concert due to hearing loss

Rock group Huey Lewis and the News have called off performing this year after singer Huey Lewis on Friday said he has lost most of his hearing and can not "hear music well enough to sing".

Lewis lost his "most" of his hearing more than two months ago during a show in Texas, and he and doctors believe he has Meniere's disease, Lewis wrote in the official statement. The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to find pitch.

"This is something I heard about when I got into work this morning - it was the first anyone had heard of it", said marketing and communication co-ordinator D'arci Lawrence.

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According to online websites on ear diseases, Meniere's can cause pressure or pain in the ear, severe cases of dizziness or vertigo, hearing loss and a ringing or roaring noise known as tinnitus. He had been scheduled to perform August 4 at the Wisconsin State Fair.

"I feel awful about this, and wish to sincerely apologize to all the fans", he wrote.

He continued by saying he had seen hearing specialists at Stanford, the Mayo Clinic and the House Ear Institute.

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Lewis, with his band, Huey Lewis and the News, scored a string of 1980s hits including "The Power of Love", "I Want a New Drug" and "Heart and Soul". He hopes to be able to perform again soon.

"Subsequently the one prudent issue to do is to cancel all future reveals".

Huey Lewis and his band The News got its start on the Bay Area music scene in the '70s and, in 1980, released its eponymous debut, which barely made a dent on the charts.

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