SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Bay Area-based band Huey Lewis and the News announced Friday that all remaining performances in 2018 are canceled due to the frontman’s hearing loss.
In a tweet posted Friday, Lewis said he lost most of his hearing before a scheduled performance in Dallas more than two months ago.
After visiting doctors in several locations, including the Stanford Ear Institute and the Mayo Clinic, Lewis said doctors believe he has Meniere’s disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes of vertigo, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), along with hearing loss that may become permanent. The disease is considered a chronic condition, but there are treatments that can help relieve symptoms.
“Needless to say, I feel horrible about this, and wish to sincerely apologize to all the fans who’ve already bought tickets and were planning to come see us,” Lewis said. “I’m going to concentrate on getting better, and hope that one day soon I’ll be able to perform again.”
The band was scheduled to make an appearance at the Outside Lands festival in Golden Gate Park this August.
Founded in the Bay Area in 1979, the band is perhaps best known for the 1983 album “Sports” and hits including “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “I Want a New Drug” and “The Power of Love” from the “Back to the Future” soundtrack.