Mick Fleetwood sometimes has to lean over at the dinner table and concentrate on what somebody is saying a few feet away.
The 57-year-old drummer for Fleetwood Mac said his partial hearing loss is why he became involved in an experimental “quiet” rock concert earlier this month at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which about 100 people took part.
Results were mixed about the concert.
The concert featured the band Eagles of Death Metal, which first played two songs without any amplification.
The audience, listening through miniature radio receivers, reacted mostly with smiles to the adjustable sound.
The band then followed with three amplified songs on speakers, as it normally performs.
Many in the crowd jumped up, dancing and waving their arms.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, based in Rockville, Md., measured the unamplified sound at 62 decibels — a normal level — and the amplified sound at 124 decibels, which they said is like a jet engine.
Fleetwood, a 1998 inductee into the Rock Hall, said many rock musicians now wear ear protection or monitor their music electronically, but he questioned whether quiet concerts would catch on.
“Who’s to say? Could you see 18,000 people someday listening to Pink Floyd on headphones? Maybe, with a weird magic wand,” he said.