Eric Clapton Reveals He’s Going Deaf And His Hands ‘Just About Work’

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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 gigat 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.

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