Huey Lewis cancels all 2018 performances, including Outside Lands date

Huey Lewis and the News, one of the most successful Bay Area bands of all time, has canceled all of its 2018 performances.

Yes, that includes the band’s big homecoming gig at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in August at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

The band’s name is no longer listed on the lineup on the festival’s website. Also, festival organizers tweeted about the development.

“We were just made aware that unfortunately @Huey_Lewis_News will have to cancel their Outside Lands performance along with all future dates,” the tweet read. “This is due to a medical condition and we wish Huey all the best for a speedy recovery.

“Stay tuned for an artist replacement announcement.”

Lewis is canceling the performances due to hearing loss, he announced via social media.

“Two and a half months ago, just befor a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing,” he said in the statement. “Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing.

“The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to find pitch.”

Lewis went on to explain that he has being seeking help for the situation.

“I’ve been to the House Ear Institute, the Stanford Ear Institute, and the Mayo Clinic, hoping to find an answer,” he said. “The doctors believe I have Meniere’s disease and have agreed that I can’t perform until I improve.

“There the only prudent thing to do is to cancel all future shows.”

It was not an easy thing to do for the Bay Area music legend.

“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,” he said.”

Now, Lewis’ eye moves to the future.
“I’m going to concentrate on getting better, and hope that one day soon I’ll be able to perform again.”

 

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