It was January 2018 and Huey Lewis was in Dallas to play a corporate gig with his longtime band the News, Rolling Stone reports.
As he made his way to the stage, “I heard this huge noise. It sounded like warfare was going on in the other room. I yelled, ‘What is that?’ They said, ‘It’s just Pat, the opening act.’ I put in my in-ear [monitors]
Then when the band kicked into the opening song, the sound got worse. “I thought the bass amp had blown a speaker,” he told Rolling Stone. “I just heard this horrible noise and I couldn’t find pitch or even
Something like this had happened was back in 1987, right at the apex of Lewis’ fame, when his songs were all over Top 40 radio. The hearing in his right ear completely vanished. “I went to all kinds of doctors and an EMT finally said to me, ‘Get used to it.’ I said, ‘Get used to it? I’m a musician!’”
Lewis adjusted to life with one ear and went on with his life — until that horrible night in Dallas when his left ear failed as well.
He had to cancel all his tour dates and was suicidal for a time. Now, however, he is about to launch an album with songs recorded over the years before his hearing shut down. But he can’t tour to support it.