Eric Clapton is opening up about his health problems.
The 72-year-old singer revealed on Tuesday during an interview with Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2 that he’s struggling with tinnitus, a ringing in the ear oftentimes caused by noise-induced hearing loss. He also explained that live concerts have become a challenge, but he still plans to continue performing in 2018.
“I am still going to work. I am going to do a show at Hyde Park [British Summer Time Festival] in July,” he said.
“The only thing I am concerned with now is I am going deaf,” he continued. “I’ve got tinnitus, my hands just about work. I mean, I am hoping people will come along and see me — me more than I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself that I am still here.”
“I've had quite a lot of pain over the last year. It started with lower back pain, and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy. [It's] hard work to play the guitar and I've had to come to terms with the fact that it will not improve,” he added.
Promoting his new film, Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, which premieres on Showtime Feb. 10, Clapton said it’s been hard to watch the movie.
“It's difficult to sit through because it goes on so long about the difficult part of my life,” he said. “I think it's important for people to see that there is a happy ending, it's like a redemption concept. If you are going to go and see it, be prepared for a heavy ride.”