Huey Lewis isn't ready to return to the studio or go on tour. His hearing remains a serious problem.
Despite optimism after he and The News signed with BMG Music for a new album, he warns it will consist of material they wrote and recorded before his hearing began to fail.
The "Power of Love" rocker has good days and bad while living with the inner-ear disorder Meniere’s disease. Sometimes, his hearing is near normal -- while in Scotland for a recent a golf event, he felt good enough to perform for the other celebrity players. But there are days when he lives in a sea of distortion resembling to the sound of crunching metal. Combine that with a separate -- and more common -- malady, tinnitus, and Lewis admits he was driven to consider suicide.
To keep his mind active, he's kept busy helping produce the musical The Heart of Rock and Roll , which had a recent successful run in San Diego -- and could have a future on Broadway.
He's still sad that his performing career's on hold. Lewis tells the San Francisco Chronicle , "The worst part about this is shutting my band down, my 25 guys... It’s like a football team, we’ve been working together for 40 years."
This weekend, Huey will focus on his second-favorite passion. Look for him Saturday in the Pro-Am portion of the annual Pebble Beach Golf Tournament, which airs on CBS.