Huey Lewis & The News
In 2018, Huey Lewis lost his tonal hearing, from Meniere’s Disease. Lewis and his band took to the stage in Texas, and it immediately became clear that something wasn’t right. Lewis was singing a full note off from what the band was playing. The show was abruptly halted, and the rest of the tour cancelled.
Thankfully, before Lewis lost his ability to sing, the band was already seven tracks into recording a new record, Weather. Still masters at meat & potatoes rock and roll, the group has never sounded better, or more at ease in its own collective skin.
“Her Love Is Killing Me,” chock-full of Lewis’s bluesy harmonica, Sean Hopper’s B3 and Johnny Colla’s sax, it’s everything that longtime fans could hope for. Other standouts include the Chicago blues number “Hurry Back Baby” and “Pretty Girls Everywhere,” a snappy doo-wop ode. If this is to be Huey Lewis & The News’s swan song, it’s a damn fine one.