August 14th, 2018

Hearing loss cancels Huey in the Hat

By Mo Cranker on April 14, 2018.

Huey Lewis and the News had been scheduled to play the Saturday evening Night Show at the 2018 Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede, but have cancelled their performance due to health concerns involving the frontman's hearing.-SUBMITTED PHOTO

Local fans of Huey Lewis and the News were given some unfortunate news Friday as the band has cancelled all upcoming shows, including this year’s at the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede, due to a sudden loss of hearing for the longtime frontman.

“This is something I heard about when I got into work this morning — it was the first anyone had heard of it,” said marketing and communication co-ordinator D’arci Lawrence. “I think this is the first time we have had this happen since I’ve been here, but we’ve already started working to find a suitable replacement.”

Lewis released a statement on his website Friday going into detail about his hearing.

“I can’t hear music well enough to sing,” the release said. “The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to find pitch.

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

Lawrence says the Stampede is in the process of finding another band to play the Saturday show Huey Lewis and the News was supposed to play, but cannot say who might end up on stage.

“Our volunteer group is already working with our agents to find another band,” she said. “What I can say is that we’re working to find someone of the same stature as Huey Lewis and the News.”

Lawrence says she knows people will be disappointed, but the Stampede is offering options.

“On that Saturday, it’s July 28, people can bring their Huey Lewis tickets and we’ll let them in to whatever the show may be,” she said. “If they were dead set on seeing Huey Lewis, they can bring the physical copy of their ticket to the Stampede office for a refund.

“Whoever plays that night, it won’t impact the prices of the tickets. Ideally we’ll get someone of the same genre, but it depends on who is out there.”

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