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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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Bono: Glaucoma
Bono revealed that he's had glaucoma for 20 years and never revealed it to anybody. His sunglasses are not just a necessity but protect his eyes because the glaucoma has made his eyes sensitive to light.
Sylvain Sylvain: Dyslexia
That's what this New York Doll has had all his life.
Prince: Epilepsy
He says he was teased and bullied for this in school, maybe that and the fact that at wintertime the "Minneapple" is a refrigerator (I've been there) and that his parents were both musicians led to Prince learning how to play several instruments as well as the ropes in studio work.
Baby I'm a Star
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) was diagnosed to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He had been using Ritalin since he was a child.
Susanna Viljanen
Amy Winehouse: Bipolar Disorder + Several Addictions
Amy Winehouse had severe bipolar disorder with violent outbursts. She also was addicted to alcohol and opiates. Her name was an omen as she died from alcohol poisoning.
Susanna Viljanen
Brian May: Emotional Breakdown
Brian May had well over 400 stress points as he had divorce and his father died soon after Freddie Mercury had passed away and Queen broke up. He survived an emotional breakdown.
Susanna Viljanen
Steven Wilson: Depression
Wilson has suffered from deep depression. Many Porcupine Tree songs are about depression and medication.
Susanna Viljanen
Glen Campbell: Alzheimer's Disease
Country musician Glenn Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Susanna Viljanen
Lou Gramm: Brain Tumors
Right near the cerebellum. Lou had surgery for removal and it was successful. The band Foreigner released a hits compilation in 2002 and the liner notes mentioned a charity for this problem.
Dirty White Boy
Susan Boyle: Asperger's disorder
Susan Magdalene Boyle, of Scotland, had been told as a child that she was brain-injured, but she has always had higher than mean-average intelligence. She recently learned that she has Asperger's disorder--it should REALLY be called "Asperger's CONDITION." I have it too, but IT does NOT have ME--OR her.
Parker Gabriel
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.

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