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Eric Clapton: 'I'm Going Deaf'
« on: January 13, 2018, 02:56:07 pm »

Eric Clapton revealed that he was going deaf while discussing his ongoing health issues and the difficulties of playing guitar in his Seventies during an interview with BBC 2.
Clapton noted he plans to keep performing live, but said, "The only thing I'm concerned with now is being in my Seventies and being able to be proficient. I mean, I'm going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work. I'm hoping that people will come along and see me just because, or maybe more than because I'm a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it's amazing to myself I'm still here."

Clapton has been open about the health issues that have impeded his playing over the past few years (his 2016 album, I Still Do, notably featured a photo of him playing guitar with fingerless gloves, as a result of eczema). In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Clapton said of his guitar playing, "I'm as good now as I've been in the last two years," but acknowledged, "playing is difficult anyway. I have to get on the bottom of the ladder every time I play guitar, just to tune it. Then I have to go through the whole threshold of getting calluses [on the fingers] back, coordination."

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