Eric Clapton Confesses Why He’s Been Struggling With Live Performances: He’s Going Deaf

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a writer, native New Yorker, TV enthusiast, and dog mom to Hobbes.

Eric Clapton has been one of the world’s most famous musicians for decades now.

Between his time as a member of several popular rock bands and his later solo career, the 72-year-old singer-songwriter has long been regarded as one of the best guitarists of all time. To date, he is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having been inducted once as a solo artist, once as a member of The Yardbirds, and once with Cream.

Even today, Eric continues performing live. But recently, the iconic “Layla” singer revealed some devastating personal news.

Promoting his upcoming documentary, Eric Clapton: Live in 12 Bars, the guitarist made a BBC Radio 2 appearance on January 9, 2018. During the interview, People reports, Eric admitted to struggling with tinnitus.

Tinnitus involves hearing a ringing sound in the ear when there is none present externally. While the issue can be age-related or caused by ear injury, it can also be caused by noise-induced hearing loss.

“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,” Eric explained. “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.”

Despite the challenges with his hearing and his hands — two integral functions for any guitarist — the legendary musician remains determined to continue playing live concerts.

“I mean, I am hoping that people will come along and see me [for reasons] more than because I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself that I am still here,” Eric continued.

Eric Clapton: Live in 12 Bars is set to premiere on Showtime on February 10, 2018, at 8 p.m. EST.

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[H/T: People]

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