I’m going deaf: Clapton
LONDON: Guitar legend Eric Clapton has revealed he is going deaf.
In a BBC interview, the musician said: “I’m still going to work, I’m doing a few gigs, I’m doing a show in Hyde Park (London) in July.
“You know 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.”
Clapton, 72, added: “I’m hoping that people will come along and see me just because, well maybe more than, I’m a curiosity, you know what I mean. I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself that I’m still here.”
Clapton appeared on BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon to talk about his new documentary, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, which follows his life through narration by legends such as BB King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison.
He said the film was difficult for him to watch because “it goes on so long about the difficult part of my life”.
The guitarist added: “I think it’s important to see that it’s a happy ending.
“It’s like a redemption concept. If you’re gonna go and see it, be prepared for a heavy ride.”
Clapton isn’t the only musician who has dealt with tinnitus.
The Who’s Pete Townshend has also discussed his own problems with the condition and hearing loss.