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Handicaps? Hardly, more like handicapable. These performers still make great music even if they are missing one of the senses or a body part.

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Stevie Van Zandt: Disfigurement
He had his head horribly scarred and disfigured in a car crash where his head impacted the front windshield. Ever since that he is always scene with a scarf, hat, bandana or something to cover that up. When acting, as in the 'Sopranos' he usually wears a toupee. According to Bruce Springsteen's autobiography, Disney World wouldn't allow Stevie admission because of his 'gang' look so he and Bruce told the security to f*** off and left.
Disciple of Soul
Marty Balin: Autism
Marty Balin, Martyn Jerel Buchwald as was, was one of those individuals who achieved what they did without allowing, in his case, his being on the autism spectrum to stop him or hold him back. His autism, for all that has become known to audiences, might even have enhanced his inherent talents!
Parker Gabriel
Huey Lewis: Menier's Disease
He announced that a tour was canceled in 2018 because he couldn't hear well enough to sing.
Roger Daltrey: Allergic to Cannabis
Even second-hand smoke affects his singing. He's asked concertgoers many times not to smoke it at shows.
I Smoked 2 Joints in Ottawa Blindness
Specifically nystagmus, an involuntary movement of the eyes which causes his vision to be severely blurred. The Black Eyed Peas member confessed to this in a 2011 interview, though prior hints to his condition were made years before like in an episode of a Filipino drama anthology show.
Maryellen Larkin
Scatman John: Stuttering Problem
The stuttering problem is said to be the reason he got into the music business.
Dan Todd (Platinum Blonde): Hearing Loss On His Right Side
He has to ask people who are interviewing him to repeat themselves. His family tells him "you're already deaf!"
KT Tunstall: Tinnitus
In 2008, KT started experiencing problems with her hearing on her left side. By 2018 it had grown to full hearing loss on that side, and also resulting in balance issues.
Alex Lifeson (Rush): Arthritic Hands
After Rush's Clockwork Sound tour Rush announced their retirement. Alex has arthritic hands which makes it nearly impossible for him to play the guitar.
John Mann (Spirit Of The West): Altziemers
John Mann lives in a care home. He uses an iPad when he performs due largely in part to his inability to remember the lyrics to his songs.
Nonoy Zuñiga: Amputee
He lost one of his legs in a terrorist incident during Martial Law in the Philippines, whilst he was preparing for a concert. In spite of this he had a successful career as a musical artist, television presenter and doctor.
Maryellen Larkin
Dan Todd (Platinum Blonde): Atenttion Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHA)
Dan just can't sit still which is why he plays the drums.
K.T Oslin: Heart Condition
In 1995, she underwent quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery.
John Mellancamp: Heart Condition
He suffered a heart attack at the age of 42.
On the Shane Christopher Neil Podcast Show, Rob admitted that he was having seizures due to alcohol abuse and Mark Holmes had to hold him upright.
Rob told Shane that the hospital in Niagara Falls wanted to keep him overnight and he wanted to do the show at the Niagara Wine Festival.
Phil Collins: Issues With His Back, Neck, And Legs
Phil underwent surgery and rehab for his debilitating issues with his back, neck, and legs that forced him into semi-retirement back in 2012. But after months of rehabbing, he's ready to return to performing like he was even if he has to tape his drumsticks to his hands.
It's what ended up killing him.
Derrick Ross (Spoons): Bradycardia
Otherwise known as a slow heart rate.
Donnie Van Zant of 38 Special: inner-ear nerve damage
Due to health issues related to inner-ear nerve damage Donnie had to take a 6 month hiatus from the band. Unfortunately, it never got better and he had to quit 38 Special, and the music business altogether.
Wild Eyed Northern Boy
Jeff Healey: Retinal Blastoma (Eye Cancer)
Jeff was diagnosed early in his childhood with retinal blastoma, a form of eye cancer that robbed him of his eyesight. He learned to play the guitar in his lap.

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