Huey Lewis & The News were catapulted to the top of the charts and to the forefront of pop culture in the 1980s. They had a string of hit songs including, “The Power Of Love” from the movie Back To The Future. Huey even made a small cameo in the film.
Their massive, chart topping album, Sports was released in 1983. I believe it was one of the first records I ever bought before I transitioned to cassette tapes, on which I’d go on to have their entire catalog.
Huey Lewis has been unable to perform since being diagnosed with Ménière’s disease in 2018. The band had been recording new music prior to his hearing issues making what likely will be their last recording, a seven song album, “Weather” which was released in 2020.
In 2013, while working with the Detroit based band Your Generation, I opened up for Huey Lewis & The News on their 30th anniversary tour of the album, Sports. I don’t usually bother artists I’ve had the pleasure of opening up for, nor am I one to rush for a photo opportunity but in this case, I’m glad I had the chance to say hello and let him know that I owned all of his cassettes when I was a kid. To which he responded in his gruff voice, “I’ve been doing this a long time!” It’s a nice memory for me.
Despite his sad diagnosis and the dire fact that he’ll likely never sing again, I’ve read and heard lots of interviews where he remains very positive and grateful for the life and career he’s had. He often comments that he’s “a lucky guy.” He indeed had a great run and it serves as a good reminder for myself to always maintain an attitude of gratitude.
Have you ever met a celebrity or famous musician? Did they live up to your expectations?