Huey Lewis recently sat down for an interview that will air on CBS Sunday Morning on January 26 where he talked about his struggles with hearing loss and how Weather, his new album with The News, might be his last.
Huey Lewis & The News were forced to cancel their tour in 2018 after Lewis’ issues with Meniere’s disease, a rare inner ear disorder that causes vertigo, hearing loss and/or distorted hearing. Because of this, Lewis says performing live isn’t an option anymore.
“All those shows. All those shows were canceled,” Lewis said in a preview of the extended feature story. “And I miss the guys. I miss the camaraderie, you know?”
In the CBS Sunday Morning piece, drummer Bill Gibson recalled the show when Lewis experienced sudden hearing loss in his right ear saying, “He was a whole step flat. 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 has been very forthcoming about his struggle with hearing loss. In a December 2019 interview with Montana’s Whitefish Review, Lewis said, “In the first two months of this, I was suicidal. I can honestly share that with you. I thought, s—, I’m just going to commit suicide. I actually contemplated my demise. You know, like pills. I figured pills were the easiest way to go. I mean, would I have? I don’t know. This is now a year and eight months, and it’s awful. I can’t hear music. It’s hard enough to hear speech. But music is impossible.”