In a new interview with BBC Radio, Eric Clapton revealed he is going deaf. A hearing condition often caused by damage to inner ear cells by loud and excessive noise, tinnitus results in the perception of ringing or buzzing in the ears. I'm doing a few gigs.
A new documentary, Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars, opens in cinemas this Friday, January 12.
Amid his battle, Clapton hopes his fans will still show their support at his concerts. "I mean, I'm going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work", he admitted.
"The only thing I'm concerned with now is being in my Seventies and being able to be proficient", Clapton said.
The film offers an intimate profile of his life, including his traumatic childhood, his rise to rock stardom, his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse and the tragic 1991 death of his young son Connor. Clapton, who is a producer on the film and Zanuck, who has known the musician for 25 years, briefly posed for photographers ahead of the event at London's BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank.
Between his time as a member of several popular rock bands and his later solo career, the 72-year-old singer-songwriter has always been regarded as one of the best guitarists of all time.
"It's hard to sit through because it goes on so long about the hard part of my life", he says of the film.
"I think my past is probably my greatest asset because I can show some people, that are interested, that it's an option to drink like that", he added. "If you're gonna go and see it, be prepared for a heavy ride".