Eric Clapton Tells BBC Radio 2 He's "Going Deaf"

January 10, 2018
File photo dated 28/06/08 of singer and guitarist Clapton, as Keith Richards has confirmed that Clapton will appear on the Rolling Stones' new blues-inspired album.

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During a recent visit to BBC Radio 2, Eric Clapton discussed his upcoming documentary, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, which premieres on Showtime next month. And while the Lili Fini Zanuck-directed film (trailer below) was the reason for the guitar legend’s visit, he ended up sharing some health concerns with the radio station.

It’s known that his back and hands have been affected by chronic nerve problems, but now, the musician revealed that he also suffers from a hearing problem called tinnitus, which is often caused by consistent exposure to loud noise.

In relation to his health concerns, Clapton states that he is “going deaf” and his hands “just about work.” While this may be the case, he insists that he’s still working and putting on a few shows, but now that he’s in his 70s, he just wants to be “able to be proficient” and hopes fans will continue to head to his shows to see him for more than curiosity’s sake.

I don’t know about you, but I’d see Clapton any day—and not just out of curiosity but to experience his virtuosic guitar playing and iconic songs.

You can hear the full interview beginning at 1:36:40 here.