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Huey Lewis and the News in 2019

Eight months after the surprise announcement from Huey Lewis and the News that they would have a new studio album in 2019, the first song has been released. The uptempo”Her Love is Killin’ Me,” released today (September 26), is the title track from the new album for BMG, just the hitmakers’ third studio album since 1994. It will feature songs that the band recorded over the past decade. Listen to it below.

The January 18 surprise announcement had noted that the album was expected to be released in the spring. There’s still no release date. The, er, news, followed the April 2018 revelation that Lewis had cancelled all performances because he had lost most of his hearing. In a May 7, 2018, interview with NBC’s The Today Show, Lewis said: “I can’t hear music. I can do everything but what I love to do the most.”

In an interview, published on Feb. 7 with the San Francisco Chronicle, Lewis spoke in detail about the ups and downs of the past year.

“For the first two months I was like suicidal,” he told the paper. “Really, it can drive you absolutely crazy. After two months of wanting to blow my brains out and not being able to hear anything, I had to figure something out. So creatively, I got involved in our musical.”

He’s referring to The Heart of Rock & Roll, a jukebox musical centered around his band’s hits. Although he didn’t create it, he’s involved and wrote a new song for it. It enjoyed a solid out-of-town tryout in San Diego and the hope is to bring it to Broadway.

In his original disclosure on April 13, 2018, Lewis wrote to his fans: “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.”

However, last October, in news that was not widely picked up, Best Classic Bands reported that Lewis had sang in public for the first time in eight months, when he performed his hit, “Hip to Be Square.” Read our story here.

“Boom, I sang it, it was great, I could hear everything!” he told the Chronicle. “Next day, my hearing’s still good. It’s fantastic. Huey’s back! I’m going to sing again!

“[Then] my hearing goes to s— again.”

These days, Lewis told the Bay Area paper that he sings for roughly a half hour each day. “I haven’t given up,” he said. “I have not given up.”

For now, though, the touring days are over. “The worst part about this is shutting my band down, my 25 guys,” Lewis said of the musicians, staff and crew. “We’ve been working together for 40 years.”

With the back-to-back smash success of the 7x Platinum-certified Sports and 3x Platinum Fore!, followed by the Platinum-certified Small World, the group have written and performed such crowd-pleasing classic rock hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Stuck With You,” “I Want A New Drug,” “If This Is It,” “Hip To Be Square,” “Do You Believe In Love” and “Workin’ For A Livin.”

The group also wrote and performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” for the hit film Back to the Future. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, “The Power of Love” went on to reach #1 and was a worldwide smash.

Huey Lewis and the News are Lewis (vocals and harmonica), Johnny Colla (saxophone, guitar and vocals), Bill Gibson (drums, percussion and vocals), Sean Hopper (keyboards and vocals), Stef Burns (guitars and vocals) and John Pierce (bass). The live show features their long-time horn section of San Francisco bay area musicians including Rob Sudduth (tenor saxophone), Marvin McFadden (trumpet), and Johnnie Bamont (baritone saxophone).

Listen to “Her Love is Killin’ Me”

Lewis turned 69 on July 5.

The new album, incidentally, will be their first since a 2010 tribute to Stax Records and their first of all-new material in 18 years.

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  1. Bluzrider
    #1 Bluzrider 27 September, 2019, 07:19

    Great tune Huey, I can relate, “her love is killing me” too

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