I’m go­ing deaf: Clap­ton

The Weekend Australian - - WORLD -

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.

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