Legendary guitarist, singer, songwriter, Grammy Award winner, and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Eric Clapton shared some devastating news no music fan wants to hear or any artist ever wants to face.
DailyRockBox reports that Clapton recently revealed during an interview with Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2, that he his going deaf as well as struggling to play guitar. He admits to feeling a lot of anxiety about his upcoming 2018 performances because of the loss of hearing, due to tinnitus, which most commonly causes a ringing sound in the ear(s) of an individual.
The 72-year-old blues rocker posted a statement on social media saying he expects to still perform during “British Summer Time” at Hyde Park in London on July 8. Besides Clapton, the lineup for the event includes Santana, Steve Winwood, and Gary Clark Jr., with more artists to be added.
Since entering the music scene in the 1960’s, the man they call Slowhand cemented himself a storybook musical legacy. He has been labeled by many, as one of the most influential guitarist of all time, ranking number two on the Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time” and number four on Gibson’s “5o Greatest Guitarist of All Time.” Clapton is the only musician to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame three times. Clapton sits in the rock hall as a solo artist, as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream.
Clapton has released eleven solo studio albums, three studio albums with the Yardbirds, four studio albums with Cream, and numerous collaboration studio albums throughout his career. He’s a multi-platinum recording artist, and has sold over 130 million albums world-wide. His 1977 album Slowhand, is certified three times platinum by the RIAA. His last solo effort, Journeyman, (1989), is certified twice platinum.
Clapton has won 18 Grammy Awards, a Brit award for Outstanding Contribution To Music, and four Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.