AXS TV 'Big Interview' season 8 premiere sneak peek: Huey Lewis talks adapting to hearing loss
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AXS TV’s original series ‘The Big Interview with Dan Rather’ returns for its season 8 premiere on April 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. In a sneak peek clip of the episode, pop-rock legend Huey Lewis talks about coming to grips with a hearing loss he sustained in 2018, which doctor’s diagnosed as Meniere’s disease.

Lewis tells Rather, “When this first happened, I had two months of sort of suicidal thoughts, to be honest. I literally contemplated my demise. The roaring tinnitus was almost unbearable. But it turns out you can get used to anything. My hearing’s a little better now, but still, I have tinnitus right now that I don’t even pay any attention to.”

He continued by describing how he has shifted his focus following the diagnosis. “I try to focus on the creative part of things,” Lewis said. “Everybody I talk to including the doctors say ‘Be positive. Get on with your life, be creative. Don’t despair and your body will take care of itself.”

Huey Lewis’ prolific music career has spanned over four decades during which he produced a slew of hits as front man for Huey Lewis and the News including “ The Power of Love,” Hip to Be Square,” and “Back in Time” which appeared in the 1985 film “Back to the Future.

Lewis and Rather cover a wide array of topics in their intimate “Big Interview” chat including why he traveled around Europe for a year before attending college at Cornell University, his humble beginnings as a street musician in San Francisco, and how he chose the title for his upcoming Huey Lewis and the News” album Weather.

Award-winning journalist and AXS TV host Dan Rather continues to captivate viewers everywhere with his laid-back yet thorough interview style. Now in its eighth season, Rather has spoken with scores of music artists, actors, and celebrities across multiple genres and entertainment platforms.

Pop-rock fans won’t want to miss his candid conversation with Huey Lewis as they kick off another season of AXS TV’s acclaimed original series.

Tune in to “The Big Interview with Dan Rather” on Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT to watch Huey Lewis discuss his storied musical journey.

Additional upcoming season eight guests include Debbie Harry of Blondie on April 22, former Eagles member Don Felder on April 29, Robbie Robertson of The Band on May 6, Jethro Tull member Ian Anderson on May 13 and Don McLean on May 20.