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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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On a recent podcast of the Zach Bussey Show, Mark revealed that he's dyslexic and was dreadful at math.
Mark is sensitive to light and has to wear sunglasses.
Bono of U2: Visual Light Sensitivity
Bono now wears special darkened glasses due to his eyes having sensitivity to bright lights. And you thought those goofball shades he wears in the booklet for the "Achtung Baby" album were just for fashion!
Zooropa Zapper
Phil Collins: Hearing Problem, Spinal Injury
he lost some of his hearing due to a virus in the early-mid 00's decade. After the last gig of a 2007 Genesis reunion tour Phil had to get metal pins put in his spinal cord. The injury is due to over 40 years of drumming. Phil made one last album of mostly Motown covers and for the drums he had to have them strapped to his hands because it's difficult for him to hold on to them. It looks like his music days are probably over because he can't really play instruments anymore. A sad pity, because this dude has talent up the yin-yang and I am lucky I got to see him live in a Genesis concert. Ain't nothing left to do but pull out an album where he appears on (and there are a lot of them), listen and enjoy : )
Turn It On, Turn It On Again
Chris's tinnitus was thought to have been caused by the noise levels of his drums. Because of his auditory disorder, Chris can no longer play live with the band.
Roger Miller of Mission Of Burma: Tinnitus
He is a member of the Punk band Mission Of Burma and developed the condition from playing extremely loud live shows...this was why the band broke up in 1982...[Editor's note: I added some words to the name so as not to confuse the artist with the 60s-70s country novelty singer Roger Miller.]
Jeff Healey: Blindness
He didn't really seem to be affected by it, but he was blind and played guitar. [Editor's note: Sorry, G, I had to edit your post because Jeff Healey died in 2008.]
Paul Stanley: Permanent deafness in one ear
He's had the condition since birth and only recently revealed it to the public.
Chris had to bail out of a tour due largely in part to a diagnosis of tinglingitis more commonly known as ringing in his ears. It's been thought that the tinglinitis was caused by the noise levels of his drums.
David Bowie: Permanently dilated pupil
According to, it is rumored that the reason David Bowie has two different colored eyes is because somebody stabbed him in the eye with a bowie knife. The same rumor says that this is also why he goes by David Bowie, but none of it's true. According to, the reason his eyes are different colors is that his friend George Underwood punched him in the left eye during a fight over a girl. David Bowie chose the name 'Bowie' because it was "the ultimate American knife. It is the medium for a conglomerate of statements and illusions." The main reason for the change of stage name was because of the emerging fame of Davy Jones (who is dead now) on the London theatre stage, who later became the lead singer of The Monkees.
The Canadian singer was diagnosed with retinoblastoma at the age of 1, which cost him his eyesight.
Roger Taylor of Duran Duran: Emotional Breakdown
Roger quit Duran Duran in 1985 after the band performed at the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, PA.
Liza Minnelli: Scoliosis
Where her mother, Judy Garland, is only suspected of having had it, Liza Minnelli is known to have scoliosis. It forces her to move in certain ways on stage so she can breathe properly.
Parker Gabriel
Judy Garland: Possible scoliosis
Though it was never conclusively diagnosed, Garland is believed to have had scoliosis, an abnormal side-to-side curvature of the vertebral chain, or spine, of backbones. This might have contributed to her persistent weight problems and even given her breathing difficulties that gave her voice the ragged quality it had in her last years.
Parker Gabriel
Doc Pomus: Polio
The songwriter and blues singer was crippled by polio as a child and was forced to walk with crutches until an injury later in life rendered him wheelchair-bound.
Rick O'Shea
Tuomas Holopainen: Depression
When Tarja Turunen was released from Nightwish, the Finnish tabloids repeatedly printed slanderous stories about the band, therefore making Tuomas’ depressive moments even worse. This period of darkness was the inspiration for Nightwish’s 2007 album “Dark Passion Play” with newly-recruited lead singer Anette Olzon.
Jonas Berggren: cleft palate
He was born with the condition and had to have surgery to correct it. The condition was a blessing in disguise for him because it made have a strong personality with a good sense of humor, hence the Joker, and had few fears. Due to his size, he was rarely picked on since he was soft spoken and could defend himself.
Rachel Stevens: Claustrophobia
She admits to being claustrophobic since she was a young child. In fact, when she was about to give birth to her daughter, Rachel used to the stairs rather the elevator to get to the hospital room.
Bruce Springsteen: Slight limp
He got this when he was involved in a motorcycle accident in his youth. This accident also gave him a minor concussion effect that kept him from being drafted during the Vietnam War.
GoCart Mozart
Rachel Stevens: Two False Teeth
She lost two of her front teeth in a car accident when she was a teenager. They have been replaced with implants.

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