Clapton Says He is Going Deaf

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  1. ToneasaurusRex

    ToneasaurusRex Silver Supporter

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    Eric Clapton says he will continue to perform, but don't expect much:

    "I mean, I'm going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work," he said. "I mean, I'm hoping that people will come along and see me just because, or maybe more than because I'm a curiosity. It's amazing to myself that I'm still here."

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen. From "Clapton is God" to "just because." Take heed, MLP, decline awaits us all.

    http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/12/entertainment/eric-clapton-deaf/index.html
     

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    danohat Senior Member

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    Caleb Senior Member

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    Getting old ain't for pussies.
     
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    getting old sucks
    its the price we all pay for survival
     
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    I saw him at Madison Square Garden last year and enjoyed it thoroughly. I wouldn't hesitate to see him again, deaf or not.
     
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    Rich Non sequitur Premium Member

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    How is that possible?

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    Rich Non sequitur Premium Member

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    That's what my mother-in-law always says. :laugh2:
     
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    Dun Ringill Premium Member

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    What?!?
     
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    Getting old does indeed suck.

    Significant tinnitus here. Not fun. Hands still work pain free - for now. Some slight wrist pain from PC gaming for years.
     
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    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    With all the attention paid to his guitar work over the years, does everyone forget he is a singer of many great songs?
     
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    Various disabilities commonly happen with age. I was able to hold everything together until I turned about 70, and after that, everything began to fall apart. I think that is true of many of us. Clapton is over 70 I think. It amazes me how many "A list" musicians are over 70 and are still sounding pretty good. I was at a Moody Blues concert last week (the three originals are all over 70) and noticed that Justin Hayward's voice isn't quite what it used to be just a few years ago. Unfortunately, this is all normal, and there is no cure.
     
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    It was my Simms Watts 100w full stack that did it for me back in the 70s. Oh and seeing Slade, King Crimson back then, amongst others.
     
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    It's also a state of mind. That has a lot to do with how you age, too. How many of you guys remember this guy? He played in the NFL until he was 48.

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    This is gonna be a big year for turning 70. A lot of big names were born in 1948, weirdly.
     
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    I give EC a lot of credit. Can't imagine has to do this for the money.
     
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    Me too and it was a great show. I flew from WI just to see it. I'll never forget it.

    He's actually been saying this for years so not much new. Especially with the hearing. Dave Grohl says he's quickly going deaf too. Tons of musicians say it and probably are. Couldn't imagine a life in front of stacks. With EC I feel its more of a built in excuse for him. He's a really weird guy with not a lot of self esteem so I think he says this stuff in case he can't put on the best performance of his life he can have something to blame. He's also said he's retired for the last 8 years so.........Anyway, nothing to prove to me. Any shows or music released for the last 5 years and beyond is just a bonus to an already outstanding career in my opinion.

    I wish they'd bring this to the states. (minus Santana)

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    Nope. I recently started to go through some of his 80's and 90's catalog of work that doesn't get much love from the NO solo stuff crowd. Self admittedly I am first and foremost a Derek and the Dominos fan. But I like the 80's Clapton and I've come to really, like really, love this song.
     
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    It's not surprising at all that his hearing is not what it was. As we get older it degrades anyway... standing in front of all those full stack amps just made it happen faster and more severely for him. Far as I'm concerned, he doesn't have to justify, make excuses, or anything else. He already delivered the goods.
     
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    I was about 6 rows back of this recording more center. (15th row dead center) He didn't have another guitar player accompany him. Sounded damn good for an old man. Knee brace and all. LOL

     
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    I've got tinnitus too. It's not awful or debilitating but it's definitely there.
     
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