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Eric Clapton reveals he's going deaf and other health issues

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Eric Clapton is worried about his health and his stamina to get though his upcoming gigs. Clapton last performed on Monday night (January 8th) at the Paul Jones & Friends charity concert at the 1,700-seat G Live Arts Center in Surrey, England along with Van Morrison and Tom Jones.

During a chat with Britain's BBC Radio 2 on January 9th, "Slowhand" touched upon his upcoming summer gig at London's Hyde Park, revealing, "I am still going to work. I am going to do a show at Hyde Park in July; the only thing I am concerned with now is I am going deaf, I’ve got tinnitus, my hands just about work. . . I mean, I am hoping that people will come along and see me (for) more than (because) I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself that I am still here."

Clapton added: "I am still going to work. I'm doing a few gigs. The only thing I'm concerned with now is being in my 70's and being able to be proficient."

Often touted as a "Guitar God," Eric Clapton told us that he's not really sure he deserves that kind of recognition: "If it's true -- and I presume you think it is -- then I think it's a wonderful thing, and it's a great honor to be able to have that. It's a privilege, y'know, that I'm very grateful for. I would never want to belittle that.”

The upcoming documentary Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars premieres on February 10th on Showtime.

Side Notes:

Eric Clapton, Santana, and Steve Winwood will team up on July 8th for what just may be the concert of the summer at London's Hyde Park.

The triple bill will play as part of the Park's annual British Summer Time concerts, along with special guest Gary Clark Jr. and others still to be announced.

Clapton and Winwood have a special history at Hyde Park, having debuted their legendary supergroup Blind Faith there in front of 100,000 people on June 7th, 1969.

The upcoming Hyde Park show will be Clapton's sole UK appearance for 2018.

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Clapton received an acoustic Hoyer guitar for his thirteenth birthday, but didn’t really start playing it until two years later. When he was seventeen years old, Clapton joined his first band, an early British R&B group, the Roosters. The band’s other guitarist was Tom McGuinness, best known as the bassist for Manfred Mann

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