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[–]jimmyjames1992 8721 points8722 points  (621 children)

“I mean, I’m hoping that people will come along and see me just because, or maybe more than because I’m a curiosity."🙁

[–]fullchromelogic 2845 points2846 points  (469 children)

Please Eric don't turn into what Chuck Berry was in his later years.

[–]theviewfromhere9 3874 points3875 points  (318 children)

Farting into the mouths of prostitutes you mean? Or setting up pee-cams in women’s toilets in your restaurant? You will have to be specific

[–]Swankishesque[S] 2381 points2382 points  (72 children)

You just don't understand artists, man!

[–]theviewfromhere9 585 points586 points  (59 children)

I am not arguing, it was a very musical fart

[–]tatanka_truck 526 points527 points  (49 children)

[–]MrBurnsgreen 58 points59 points  (14 children)


I have been looking for this video for years.


[–]lozzobear 232 points233 points  (12 children)

That's my fart. I counted up all the copies of it I could find, with their view counts, multiplied views by the duration of about a minute, and figured out that humanity as a whole has spent more than 200 years listening to me farting. What a wonderful world we live in.

[–]MrBurnsgreen 21 points22 points  (4 children)

You are a God among Men.

[–]lozzobear 26 points27 points  (3 children)

Some days, I'd find it hard to argue.

[–]cmonpplrly 35 points36 points  (4 children)

This damn pop music these days...

[–]ArcticKid 260 points261 points  (10 children)

"My rectum opus"

[–][deleted] 63 points64 points  (3 children)

Props to you for making me listen to a video of a dude farting twelve times.

[–]Uhmerikan 49 points50 points  (0 children)

You totally watched the video, then watched it again to count how many times it played the fart. Dude...

[–][deleted] 458 points459 points  (175 children)

As someone who knows nothing about Chuck Berry: WOT M8?

[–]Killer_Tomato 930 points931 points  (169 children)

[–]Callie36678 1644 points1645 points  (48 children)

"hey miss you know that sound youve been looking for?

well listen to THIS"

**Edit: wow well this blew up my top rated comment is now about Chuck Berry farting ..thanks for the gold I guess? Lol

[–]PERTATO_IN_MY_ANUS 274 points275 points  (6 children)

I work in a crisis unit in a hospital and I'm barely fucking keeping it together

[–]chillinwithkrillin 100 points101 points  (3 children)

I hope more people see this

[–]LewisKane 93 points94 points  (2 children)

Yeah, it took 6 steps from discovering some really sad into about a musician to laughing uncontrollably at the idea of that sound starting a musical Revolution, all without losing the context.

[–]DiverGuy1982 166 points167 points  (19 children)

"I can't kiss you. Your face smells like piss."

Lol. What a gentleman. Fuckn scumbag.

[–]reguyw_nothingtolose 43 points44 points  (0 children)

I mean...his statement checks out.

[–]Narfi1 21 points22 points  (16 children)

I'm a passionate guitarist, been playing since i was a kid and i love chuck's music however i know people that played with him and they told me he was an asshole. Some people are very talented but they are assholes and that hurts when you've been looking up to them

[–]a_talking_face 283 points284 points  (2 children)

I can’t kiss you. Your face smells like piss.

I’m so glad I got to see this.

[–]JudasCrinitus 101 points102 points  (0 children)

I love that he says it with the tone of a parent explaining to a child why they can't have ice cream for breakfast. Like it's something completely obvious and silly but endearing that they innocently would ask.

[–]I_COULD_say 81 points82 points  (3 children)

This could easily be a Chappelle show skit.

This is hilarious.

[–]flippantgrue 203 points204 points  (12 children)

You know, I've clicked a lot of things on reddit, but this...

[–]actuallyimbatman 180 points181 points  (8 children)

Seriously, I've clicked on some shit in my life but...I never thought I would watch a video of Chuck Berry literally farting in a women's face.

[–]voltagenic 83 points84 points  (5 children)

I love how the editor did a slow mo recap after the incident too.

[–]feelingsquirrely 72 points73 points  (0 children)

I loved the closed captioning. Frrrrrt

[–]merbius 25 points26 points  (0 children)

It's from Efukt. He has a certain.... style.

[–]GoiterGlitter 33 points34 points  (1 child)

Really sets the tone for 2018, huh?

[–]Thrice_the_Milk 54 points55 points  (0 children)

Seems to be F major

[–]Nixplosion 424 points425 points  (10 children)

"Give my ass a little kiss" FFRT

Thats the funniest shit Ive ever seen in my god damn life.

[–]floodo1 86 points87 points  (1 child)

"Did I fart in your face? ... I like to do that!" LOL

[–]RedAreMe 47 points48 points  (3 children)

I didn't expect to be here, but fuck I'm glad I am 😂

[–][deleted] 194 points195 points  (6 children)

Maybe the best fucking thing I’ve ever seen

[–][deleted] 146 points147 points  (2 children)

A very common quote at the guitar repair shop where I work is “Smell my fart bitch”, and now you know why!

[–]Choco316 29 points30 points  (0 children)

I always lose it at the ass flossing to Johnny B Goode

[–]MindAndMachine 146 points147 points  (2 children)

I laughed so hard at the way that chick just jerks her head back when he blasts ass. Glorious, thanks for the link

[–]chillinwithkrillin 71 points72 points  (0 children)

Honestly I’ve heard about this for ages but that’s the first time seeing it. The farting and pissing aren’t that big of a deal. The secret toilet filming on the other hand is a big no no

[–]LarryLavekio 67 points68 points  (2 children)

The one time im expecting the Peyton Manning face i get this.

[–]mallrat32 28 points29 points  (3 children)

That's not Chuck. It's his cousin, Marvin.

[–]Ajuvix 72 points73 points  (5 children)

Not even going to mention the pissing in the girl's mouth? Go Johnny Go! But seriously, that was pretty horrific. Never heard of any such thing about Chuck Berry til now.

[–]Spiritspatula 42 points43 points  (6 children)

Wow, today I learned.

[–]WhoWantsPizzza 14 points15 points  (4 children)

Knowledge is power, friend. Use it responsibly.

[–]JOHNNYJSTONEZ 42 points43 points  (1 child)

She was probably thinking to herself “Okay, he wants me to kiss his asshole.. I know where this is going, a rimjob isn’t so bad”

And then FRRT!

Ah the joy this gave me.

[–]PM_ME_SHIHTZU_PICS 69 points70 points  (0 children)

He was farting into the mouths of >prostitutes and setting up pee-cams >in women’s toilets in your restaurant

This is the explanation I've gained in reading other Redditers comments. Hope it helps.

[–]mydickcuresAIDS 199 points200 points  (12 children)

That Chuck Berry sex tape should get an Oscar for best comedy. With such timeless lines as: "I ain't gonna kiss you, you smell like pee!" (which she did because he just peed on her) and "eat my farts!"

[–]Bear_Masta 48 points49 points  (0 children)

Hooker tries to pull Chuck Berry in for kiss.
CB- "I can't kiss you, your face smells like piss."
Hooker- "... I know."
CB- "Clean yourself up. Take a shower."

[–]Megamoss 42 points43 points  (4 children)

I referenced this video a number of months ago. I think it's still my most upvoted post. It never fails to lift everyone's spirits.

[–]fapsandnaps 56 points57 points  (2 children)

Just make sure you check the money for tracking devices and change bags. You don't want a weirdo with a bad haircut and and an oxygen tank following you about.

-/u/Megamoss 's most upvoted comment.

It was your third most upvoted comment, incase anyone was curious... inthetruth!

[–]RhysLlewellyn 90 points91 points  (2 children)

I reckon it was an innocent mistake. I think Chuck asked the chef to order pecans and the chef misheard it as pee cam.

I should so be a lawyer.

[–]bad_luck_charm 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Someone from the Whitehouse will be calling you for legal advice shortly.

[–]loveheaddit 35 points36 points  (8 children)

I live about 5 minutes from the location where the pee-cams were setup.

[–]bedroom_fascist 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Or if you prefer: A single bathroom trip's distance

[–]RyanTheRyno 151 points152 points  (115 children)

Can you expand on this? What was Chuck Berry in his later years?

[–]PHVRMVCIST 244 points245 points  (64 children)

He was farting into the mouths of prostitutes and setting up pee-cams in women’s toilets in your restaurant

[–]Kalsifur 679 points680 points  (8 children)

Man, tinnitus is more serious than I thought.

[–]xfearbefore 192 points193 points  (37 children)

"Later years"

Except that shit happened 30 years before Chuck passed away last year, so I guess It's his "later years" in that he was no longer young but he lived another three decades after that and by all accounts was a remorseful and good man after that, repenting for his mistakes he made at the height of his addictions. Not excusing his behavior, but it's ironic to see people shitting on Chuck for his behavior 30 years ago when Clapton was spouting racist shit at concerts and in the press about how Britain needed to be a whites only nation around the same time period. And I love Clapton, but he's got plenty of skeletons in his closet as well.

[–]BillNyez 46 points47 points  (0 children)

I don't think anyone is even really mocking Chuck Berry so much as poking fun at him for having such a polar character trait. A lot of famous musicians throughout the years have been fortunate enough to live a life through closed doors, when the stuff comes out that sounds too good to be true it really gets around.

[–]griffmeister 53 points54 points  (2 children)

it’s your cousin, MARVIN, MARVIN BERRY

[–]dropkickhead 300 points301 points  (101 children)

My father has hearing loss but I speak to him on the phone. It was long during a visit to his house one day... I had no idea he even had the hearing aids in until it was pointed out by my stepmom. Even though it is a terrible thing to lose one's natural hearing, I feel it's certainly not the end. There are many hearing aids developed, and even those that do not require the ear drum at all. He is likely referring to life as a musician that can play but not so well socialize. Spoken as a musician, generally all a musician needs to hear in order to play is the first chord to know you're in tune, and then the count of the beat from there... I doubt his music will suffer. It's likely he's worried less about his career and more about talking to his friends. If I was there for him I'd say, I'll call you Eric and you'll hear me, just wait. Beethoven would bite down on a metal bar connected to his piano when he went deaf. It's not the end.

[–]JohnTheMod 91 points92 points  (24 children)

Pete Townsend has a form of tinnitus not unlike Eric’s, and he’s been going for years. Maybe it’s just some wishful thinking since I’ve never gotten to see either of them, and I really don’t want them to join David Bowie, The White Stripes and many other wonderful artists and bands on my list of bands that I never got to see for various reasons. Maybe I’m too selfish.

[–]voNlKONov 62 points63 points  (11 children)

Not to rub it in, but The White Stripes are one of those bands that I was so grateful to see live. When they hung it up, I literally thought to myself "damn glad I didn't miss that one too".

[–]dave_890 37 points38 points  (4 children)

Townsend's problem was caused by Keith Moon putting a quadruple charge into the toy cannon in his bass drum. Pete was expecting a little "bang" and instead got "BOOOOM!!!!"

1:46 mark.

[–]JohnTheMod 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Ah yes, the infamous Smothers Brothers performance, I know it well. Apparently Keith paid the roadies to look the other way when he stuffed the bass drum with explosives. He was definitely something.

[–]zeno0771 182 points183 points  (49 children)

Musician with hearing loss here. They do make hearing aids for us, but they're expensive (doubtless not a problem for Clapton, a major problem in the US since health insurance doesn't cover hearing aids of almost any variety). Their effectiveness depends on where in the frequency range the hearing-loss is, and of course the severity. At Clapton's age, the majority of his guitar playing will be muscle-memory, it will actually be his singing that will start to fail as the most obvious result first.

[–]Dt2_0 155 points156 points  (43 children)

Also, modern shows should never be that loud on stage that they cause hearing loss. I say this as a gigging musician. The loudest instruments on stage are the Drums. Guitars are just loud enough out of the amp that you can get feedback. Bass doesn't even need stage volume. Stage mix should be piped in through noise canceling In Ear Monitors. Basically, mid song, you should be able to have a conversation on stage.

Even if a band can't afford IEMs, pro rated earplugs are dirt cheap and work fantastically.

Basically, if you are in a band now, save your hearing and get some nice earplugs or IEMs. Don't become a Clapton or a Townsend. You have the choice, they didn't.

[–]Iliketobelittlespoon 73 points74 points  (20 children)

Can't emphasize good earplugs enough, even as a spectator. I've got pretty mild tinnitus from going to shows and from band practice/gigs. Luckily I had the sense to take care of the issue before it got out of hand and so the ringing is almost entirely unheard until I get to bed. I couldn't imagine it being worse and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Protect those ears, they are for life.

edit: spelling

[–]redditsdeadcanary 13 points14 points  (8 children)

How did you take care of it...asking for a friend?

[–]robbyalaska907420 8 points9 points  (3 children)

I would also like to know more about what precautions you took to avoid more damage to your ears??

[–]wolf-grey 44 points45 points  (17 children)

I doubt his music will suffer

No doubt. The notes on the guitar neck never change, so they will sound the same to us as they sound in his head, and he's Eric fucking Clapton - so the band was already following him rather than the drummer or rhythm section. Effectively there will probably be no change in his live playing.

Honestly I'm more shocked that he made it out of the 60's & 70's with any hearing at all. It took until the mid/late 70 before stage monitors where even a common thing. It took well into the 2000's until IEM's became common.

Prior to that they literally used to use the "wall of amps" technique for amplification. These days those "walls of amps" are all empty shells (Marshall actually sells empty cabs and heads for stage displays) with a AxeFx stashed in the back somewhere.

[–]dropkickhead 15 points16 points  (10 children)

I just spoke with a guy who grew up in the 60s with his dad playing with Grateful Dead sometimes. He says the same thing, that Clapton lucked out for so long anyways, not even counting hearing aids

[–]nattykat47 105 points106 points  (35 children)

Bob Dylan's arthritis has really shown for about 15 years. He still tours nonstop (mostly if not all on piano) but you know you're seeing someone who can no longer do what they once did. As a consumer, there is an aspect to it that feels exploitative.

[–]Rezrov_ 137 points138 points  (15 children)

As a consumer, there is an aspect to it that feels exploitative.

I wouldn't feel that way. It's their identity. Bob Dylan is the one who tells Bob Dylan to tour 200 days a year.

[–]0rpheu 2544 points2545 points  (168 children)

Herbie Hancock needs hearing aids, its a sad thing for a musician

[–]Deadfishfarm 2777 points2778 points  (120 children)

It makes a lot of sense though. I've been in a band for 3 years and play probably 50-60 shows, as well as going to probably 100 shows/concerts in my life and my hearing is pretty shitty. Older professional musicians have been to hundreds. I just recently starting wearing ear plugs cause that shit isn't a joke. I say "what?" 20 times a day

[–]wrongwaycorrigan 1237 points1238 points  (63 children)

Please wear your plugs at every gig. I worked full time for 15 years as a musician and lost the high end range in my right ear. (I was positioned stage left so the band was on my right) While not deaf, I can't focus on sounds in noisy situations and it's impossible to create a good audio mix. I occasionally wore plugs. Do it every time.

[–]ambird138 627 points628 points  (32 children)

And rehearsals!! It was life changing when I came to the full realization that 1) I could hear better with earplugs and 2) I didn't have an audio hangover the next day. So now every rehearsal, every gif, every concert... earplugs.

Edit: gigs, but that's funny so it stays!

[–]jagger666222 610 points611 points  (14 children)

Definitely wear them during gifs, the sound of silence can be deafening.

Edit: holy shit i dont know what to say. Reddit silver and all. Whoa.

[–]astern 82 points83 points  (6 children)

Hello, darkness, my old friend ...

[–]1cculu5 18 points19 points  (2 children)

I've come to make you deaf again.

[–]Kotanaru 11 points12 points  (1 child)

because a low note softly creeping

[–]Ewoksintheoutfield 41 points42 points  (6 children)

And rehearsals!! It was life changing when I came to the full realization that 1) I could hear better with earplugs

I'm 32 and just starting to wear plugs to concerts - it's amazing how much better the show sounds with the plugs. Even the crowd noise between bands hurts my ears. I pop in those babies and think to myself "ahhhhh" so glad my ears don't hurt right now.

[–]RealtrainGoogle Music 72 points73 points  (1 child)

every gif

I must be deaf already. Gifs are silent to me!

[–]RealtrainGoogle Music 32 points33 points  (3 children)

While not deaf, I can't focus on sounds in noisy situations

Wow. This is the first time I've ever heard of anyone else like this. Oddly, I've been this way my whole life. My hearing is technically good, as in I can hear all those beeps they do at an audiologist, but I do have trouble distinguishing someone talking in a noisy room.

[–]ifmacdo 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I also have this. Problem is that it doesn't show up during regular hearing checks, as those are single tones in an otherwise silent environment. Google sensorineural deafness, and be prepared to find every symptom applies to you.

[–]Swankishesque[S] 779 points780 points  (20 children)

Eazy E had aids. Didn't turn out well.

[–]StechT 85 points86 points  (1 child)

fucking christ

[–]SconeNotScone 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Fucking hoes was the problem.

[–]Truth_Walker 91 points92 points  (4 children)

OP with the zinger!

Is this r/funny ?

[–]ChefBoyAreWeFucked 43 points44 points  (0 children)

With that sense of humor, sure seems like it.

[–]kkarimi786 1860 points1861 points  (107 children)

Thats horrible. My heart goes out to him and to Phil Collins who had to stop making music for health issues and MASSIVE hearing loss as well.. as a musician, i'd rather have lost my legs.....

[–]P1zzaBagels 471 points472 points  (30 children)

Don't forget Brian Johnson of AC/DC, had to quit singing or risk losing his hearing.

[–]Dt2_0 240 points241 points  (21 children)

Yea, I think because he refused to use earplugs in a race car though.

[–]JesseJaymz 151 points152 points  (0 children)

He refused to use in ear monitors. Their concerts get like 115dB. 20 years, That’ll do it.

[–]UnckyMcF-bomb 74 points75 points  (6 children)

Brian forgot them one time. One race. Boom. Done.

[–]earthwormjim91 15 points16 points  (0 children)

At 70...

I'm honestly surprised any 70 year old could get up on stage and still hear well enough to not only stay in tune, but on beat. Let alone after nearly 37 years with AC/DC.

[–]test822 197 points198 points  (40 children)

yeah it sucks ass. hopefully we can get this stem cell stuff figured out soon.

[–]gallinula 150 points151 points  (34 children)

As a HoH person who’s been following stem cell research since 2007; I don’t think it’ll happen. If it does, the price will be astronomical and insurance definitely won’t cover it.

[–]waltron1000 227 points228 points  (11 children)

I have a feeling Clapton has some money

[–]zeno0771 44 points45 points  (11 children)

I just want health insurance to start covering my hearing aids. Shit's expensive, yo.

[–]notmyselftoday 35 points36 points  (3 children)

Yeah they're ridiculously expensive. Much more than I would have imagined. Some scammy hearing aid company sold my dad their latest greatest for $14k. My mom flipped out, she checked the contract and they had a 24hr grace period to cancel it, which they did.

She sent my dad to the ENT doc who irrigated his ears and got decades of built up wax out. He had been using q-tips incorrectly for a long time. He worked in the motorsports industry for about 40 years so he does have some hearing loss, but he definitely didn't need hearing aids, let along some for $14k.

[–]zeno0771 17 points18 points  (1 child)

$14k is...that's next-level ridiculous. My last set (Oticon Aria II's, with some pretty cool bells & whistles) were over $5k "retail". Through the state rehab blahblah they were $4500 for the pair. It really depends on what caused the hearing loss and what type it is, but run-of-the-mill hearing aids can usually be had for about $1800/pair. Decades of impacted wax...he's lucky he didn't get an infection behind that, it could very well have killed him without anyone realizing what happened.

LPT: Never go to a "hearing aid seller"; go to an audiologist at an occupational-therapy facility or your local hospital (you'll usually get a reference from your GP/family doctor). Health insurance in my experience will pay for audiograms and consults all day long; they just won't pay for the hardware the audiogram says you need. Yay healthcare industry.

[–]_AlreadyTaken_ 43 points44 points  (5 children)

You can be like Dick Dale who can't stand for more than 10 minutes at a time but still has to tour to pay for his health care

[–]greatestape 171 points172 points  (13 children)

Apparently Cream was so loud that Clapton and Ginger Baker once stopped playing mid song and Jack Bruce didn't even notice.

Clapton has talked about his noise induced hearing loss for years. At 70 years old I'm guessing age related hearing loss is just compounding the problem.

[–]ChanceMan 671 points672 points  (64 children)

Reading the headline I instinctively reached to turn the volume down to what I was listening to. Protect your ears as much as you can!

[–]Maskatron 62 points63 points  (2 children)

Here's a trick: turn the volume down slowly. Like one notch at a time. Give your ears a chance to adjust to the new volume before lowering it more. I'm always surprised how low I can go this way before I start straining to hear.

Our brains interpret louder=better, so when we lower the volume a lot at once, it's less... better.

(Obviously talking about moderate volumes. Don't ever listen at painfully loud levels! Get out of the danger zone ASAP and then go slow.)

[–]ChanceMan 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Not a bad Idea! I forget I have music loud sometimes so it's hard to gauge without paying attention. I'll keep this in mind.

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[–]racingschoolguy 135 points136 points  (35 children)

To add on, earplugs at concerts are perfectly okay. I feel like some people look at those with plugs and scoff. Regardless of age, plugs are fine and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

[–]i_am_not_sam 74 points75 points  (8 children)

As someone who goes to a lot of Post Rock concerts I don't care what people think. Earplugs for life.

[–]PsychoticPixel 32 points33 points  (7 children)

Just imagine what it's like shredding on a guitar while amps and speakers blast right next to your face

[–]HoggleSnarf 18 points19 points  (2 children)

I genuinely thought I'd ruined my hearing forever after being too close to the amps at an Architects gig. Normally after those kinds of gigs my hearing would be shot for an hour or two but it just wasn't coming back from this. Constant screaming tinnitus. The closest thing I can compare it to is a car alarm.

Fortunately it did go away after about a week, but my tinnitus is still much worse than it ever used to be. Ear plugs are a must for me now.

[–]Lennon_v2 30 points31 points  (1 child)

After my first the opening band of my first small venue show where I was 10 feet from the stage I realized I should've brought earplugs. I couldn't hear for the rest of the night or the next day (though it was worth it for that show at the time). After another small venue show (though this one not as loud) I finally got some cheap ear plugs. Brought them to a small venue show and it was incredible. I heard the band fine and didn't have to shout to hear myself the next day. I actually thought the audience for that show was completely dead until I took the plugs out as the band was waving goodbye and suddenly the audience was like a fucking ocean of sound. You'll still hear the show with earplugs, the quality will actually be better, so pleasee do wear them, especially if you're front row or in a small venue

[–]TeAmFlAiL 1510 points1511 points  (211 children)

Very sad. Hope he keeps playing for many years. One of the best guitarist and songwriters ever.

[–]bakersresin 501 points502 points  (203 children)

He was my favorite musician growing up. Slowly, over the years I've heard stories about what a terrible person he can be.

[–]wellitsbouttime 406 points407 points  (57 children)

eh frank lloyd wright was supposed to be a god awful prick. doesn't mean his buildings aren't tight as fuck.

[–]JollyHamsterRancher 36 points37 points  (35 children)

What did he do?

[–]fapsandnaps 65 points66 points  (1 child)

He treated his colleagues like garbage, and illegally worked under the table during his time at Louis Sullivan’s firm. He broke up the marriages of three women, treated his first wife horribly, abandoned his family to run off with a mistress who abandoned hers.

[–]wellitsbouttime 147 points148 points  (25 children)

[–]Pork_Chop_Crusher 104 points105 points  (7 children)

I was worried that this was going to be a video of Frank Lloyd Wright farting on women.

[–]MrZahhak 40 points41 points  (0 children)

I actually visited there as a part of a school field trip. Inside of the house is just as beautiful.

[–]meatevan 112 points113 points  (56 children)

Some of the most fucking terrible stories. Like, betrayal of best friends over women, the drugs, negligence, the list goes on. Kind of over separating Eric from the music written.

[–]PanamaMoe 238 points239 points  (19 children)

That is probably the most tragic fate for a musician that I can think of. Musicians just don't play music, they love music too. To have a passion ripped from you is to have a part of your soul destroyed.

[–]Preachey 110 points111 points  (0 children)

As far as 'tragic musician fates' go, read about Jason Becker and feel depressed for the rest of the evening.

Regarded as one of the most talented guitarists ever, he wrote and performed a groundbreaking shred album Perpetual Burn (Example track: Altitudes) in 1988 at the age of 19, was diagnosed with ALS a year later, and by 1991 was unable to tour with his current band as he didn't have the strength in his hands. Shortly after he couldn't play guitar at all, and lost his ability to speak in 1996. He still composes, but has to communicate using his eyes as he can't move any other part of his body.

[–]roscoe89 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Used to work for him. The guy genuinely loves music. Would listen to some honestly bizarre stuff. But because it was relevant to location and era, would always have the iPod cued up with what he wanted when he wanted to just chill and listen, guitar always in hand too. It's his passion through and through. Always curious to learn more. It is an honest shame.

[–]babybirch 65 points66 points  (9 children)

I’m a huge music nerd who is still grieving losing half of my hearing to brain surgery almost a year ago. The only feeling I can relate it to would be my dad’s death.

[–]ArrogantOwl 335 points336 points  (22 children)

Cranked JTM100s will do that...

[–]nutsaur 135 points136 points  (5 children)

That and not using hearing protection.

[–]darrellbear 59 points60 points  (3 children)

The time to start using ear pro is before damage occurs. It wasn't such an issue back then.

I worked 40+years in mining and other industrial areas. My hearing is shot to hell.

[–]haaahaaa0 34 points35 points  (15 children)

A 10W tube amp at half volume will do that. People really underestimate how little noise it takes to really damage your hearing, especially if you're playing like that daily.

[–]najing_ftw 334 points335 points  (83 children)

Pete Townshend has lost most of his hearing, still getting it done.

[–]CptnGarbage 215 points216 points  (6 children)

Well it didn't stop my boy Beethoven to keep pumping out one banger after another.

[–]TheDroopy 147 points148 points  (2 children)

Don't think I didn't see that first comment where you said Mozart

[–]Kmactothemac 7 points8 points  (2 children)

He's been deaf in one ear since Keith Moon put dynamite in his drum set and blew it up during a show without telling anyone

[–]MFAWG 433 points434 points  (67 children)

Yeah, but Clapton can actually play.

[–]PM_ME_FAKE_TITS 180 points181 points  (47 children)

Hearing loss/damage is why daft punk no longer tours.

[–]Swankishesque[S] 103 points104 points  (35 children)

Daft is deaf?

[–]Timmeh7 140 points141 points  (34 children)

Thomas Bangalter had pretty severe tinnitus for a while, though I'd heard he'd more or less recovered, so not entirely convinced that's the primary reason.

[–]t-bass 135 points136 points  (29 children)

You don’t recover from tinnitus.

[–]Timmeh7 125 points126 points  (16 children)

There's not usually a quick fix for tinnitus, but it will often improve gradually over time.

- NHS Article

Recovered may not mean cured. Also, some tinnitus, especially caused by loud noises, is temporary.

[–]MintyTruffle 18 points19 points  (7 children)

That actually really really relieved one of my biggest fears. Not like I'm not worried about tinnitus now, but I thought it was totally permanent.

[–]Amanystya 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Depends. I've been suffering from Tinnitus for close to two years straight now. In quite a few cases it's temporary, but chances are if it's lasted for more than a month and it's not going away, it's permanent.

You don't recover from long term tinnitus full stop. But after a point, it does become much easier to live with.

[–]moneybags493 9 points10 points  (0 children)

The day i realized my tinnitus no longer causes me anxiety was one of the happiest days of my life :)

[–]CordageMonger 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I had noticeable tinnitus for half a year after seeing Dinosaur Jr. Eventually I noticed I didn’t notice it anymore.

That said, my mom has suffered from tinnitus and hearing loss in one ear for years and though over the years it improved for her a little bit, there is a point where you just aren’t coming back to where you were before anymore.

I’ve cut back on earbud usage when I can and wear plugs/headphones for playing drums and guitar cause I don’t want to deal with that all my life.

Kids, protect your ears. You’ll never get back the hearing you have in your youth. Don’t speed up your the process.

[–]Samoan 205 points206 points  (49 children)

So wear ear plugs during concerts everybody.

Don't loose your hearing because you want to party.

Edit: leaving it.

[–]skeptic_narcoleptic 87 points88 points  (4 children)

Seriously, people. I lost a significant amount of my hearing standing around at my ex-husband's shows, listening to shitty bands. That's the part that pisses me off the most. If it were good music, I might be less annoyed.

[–]lose_has_1_o 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Agreed. Please remember to tighten your hearing, people.

[–]LHandrel 32 points33 points  (13 children)

Never go to loud clubs cause it's bad for your ears

Your friends will all be sorry when they can't hear

[–]GoEagles247 28 points29 points  (6 children)

I go

I just wear ear plugs. Still have fun and my hearing is perfectly clear when I walk out. I don't understand why more people don't use ear plugs

[–]9081005 736 points737 points  (68 children)

That's depressing. That's horrible irony I feel terrible.

Robot devil kind of shit

[–]Vike92 384 points385 points  (37 children)

This feels like the wrong thread to point this out, but this is not ironic.

[–]dlicky123 171 points172 points  (6 children)

You can’t just have your characters announce how they feel.

[–]ChessboardAbs 43 points44 points  (2 children)

The use of words expressing something other than their lit-e-ral inTENTion! Now, that IS iiiiiiroooony

[–]madhi19 28 points29 points  (2 children)

It not ironic, same thing is happening to Phill Collins and plenty of old musician. Some of these guys have done on average 200+ shows a year for the past 50 years. It's mostly a occupational hazard.

[–]tdasnowman 38 points39 points  (7 children)

Beethoven wrote the 9th while deaf. Talent finds a way.

[–]FullConsortium 28 points29 points  (2 children)

PSA: Remember that your hearing doesn't really recover. The receptors you kill when you enjoy insanely loud concerts or constantly max your headphones will never fix themselves.

Dave Grohl for instance isn't even 50 and almost deaf. In an interview I read he said that this is just a byproduct of rock'n'roll and he had no regrets, which is fucking stupid, because good earplugs preserve the sound of music while protecting you from the loudness and cost close to nothing.

[–]AbridgedKirito 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Grohl is still a badass tbh. I mean, going deaf over not using earplugs is dumb and all, but he's still a badass.

[–]the_weight_around 100 points101 points  (4 children)

God damnit I came here to be sad about Eric and all i got was Chuck Berry farting in hookers mouths. Another Friday on Reddit I guess.

[–]LynxJesus 49 points50 points  (3 children)

I remember him already mentioning that nearly a decade ago. He might be starting to forget things too

[–]Illblood 23 points24 points  (10 children)

Earplugs. Earplugs. Earplugs.

They are so important for musicians/producers.. carry a pair with you wherever you go, you never know when you'll need them.

[–]farinasa 33 points34 points  (1 child)

He said this much in his autobiography that was released 10 years ago. I don't understand why this is a revelation. He never liked IEMs because they weren't "natural". I think this is more his humility in coping with the effects of age on his playing abilities.

[–]PsychoanalyticalVan 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Reminds me of when Metallica started warning people against hearing loss a few years ago. I heard them talking about it on Howard Stern. It’s sad, musicians need to better protect themselves somehow.