Last week was a tough one for music fans. Eric Clapton announced he is going deaf. He says he'll continue performing live, but is concerned. Clapton stated:
"I mean, I'm hoping that people will come along and see me just because, or maybe more than because I'm a curiosity. It's amazing to myself that I'm still here."
Eric Clapton is 72.
Neil Diamond was honored last night at the Grammy Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award; just a week after cancelling his tour and announcing his retirement due to Parkinson's Disease. "The onset of the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis, but will allow Mr. Diamond to continue his writing, recording and development of new projects."
Neil Diamond is 77.
Sir Elton John announced his Farewell Yellow Brick Road the final tour. A three year long 300 show 5 continent Good Bye. His reason for this choice is a happier one he wants to be home with his husband and young children.
Elton John is 70.
They all plan to continue to create and share their music. This commitment to carry on is both nobel and essential to their well being. To who they are as human beings and artists. We are fortunate and grateful to have had so many years of such extraordinary music. They have different reasons and different challenges, yet all have expressed their desire to continue their careers as best they can as long as they can.
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