A band known for several hits in the 1980s, Huey Lewis and the News announced Friday it has canceled all future shows, with eponymous frontman Lewis saying, "I can't hear music well enough to sing."
The news was announced via the band's official Twitter page, and all 2018 tour dates were removed from the band's website.
Lewis lost his "most" of his hearing more than two months ago during a show in Texas, and he and doctors believe he has Meniere's disease, Lewis wrote in the official statement. These factors make it impossible to sing and perform, Lewis says.
Before the cancellation, a string of tour dates was slated to start next Friday in Hollywood, Fla. Earlier tweets, as well as listings on ticket websites that have not yet been updated, show that the tour was set to run until about mid-August.
Lewis was born in New York City but raised in California, in Marin County. The headliner tour had just one stop in California: Pala, near San Diego, on May 26.
Another tweet shows Lewis and his band were supposed to play at Outside Lands at Golden Gate, Aug. 10-12. That performance is also canceled.
The band most recently played in the Sacramento area last August, at Thunder Valley Casino Resort.
Huey Lewis and the News has a big enough following and deep enough discography to prompt cover bands, perhaps the most notable being Sacramento-based SuperHuey.
Lewis hopes the hearing loss is not career-ending.
"I'm going to concentrate on getting better, and hope that one day soon I'll be able to perform again," his statement concludes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.