Huey Lewis Concert Canceled At Chautauqua Institution

A July 13 concert at the Chautauqua Amphitheater featuring Huey Lewis has been canceled, the New York City-born performer announced Friday.

Lewis was forced to cancel all concert dates due to the loss of most of his hearing.

“Huey Lewis and The News are truly one of America’s great rock ‘n’ roll bands,” Chautauqua Institution said in a statement Friday. “As they enter their 38th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling over 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map.”

Chautauqua Institution said on its website that all single concert tickets and preferred seating add-ons for the July 13 performance will automatically be fully refunded to the original form of purchase, including service charges and parking, within the next seven business days.

In a statement on his website, Lewis announced the cancellation of his 2018 tour.

“Two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing,” he said. “Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing. The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to find pitch. I’ve been to the House Ear Institute, the Stanford Ear Institute, and the Mayo Clinic, hoping to find an answer.

“The doctors believe I have Meniere’s disease and have agreed that I can’t perform until I improve. Therefore the only prudent thing to do is to cancel all future shows. Needless to say, I feel horrible about this, and wish to sincerely apologize to all the fans who’ve already bought tickets and were planning to come see us. I’m going to concentrate on getting better, and hope that one day soon I’ll be able to perform again.”

Anyone with information regarding the amphitheater is asked to call 357-6250.