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Peter Frampton Reveals Muscle Disorder as Reason for Farewell Tour

Peter Frampton and his recently announced farewell tour seemingly came out of left field. However, the iconic guitarist has revealed that a rare muscle disorder is the reason why he’s hitting the road one last time.

Frampton appeared on CBS This Morning and talked about being diagnosed with Inclusion-Body Myositis (IBM), a rare, incurable condition that causes muscles to weaken slowly over time.

He was diagnosed with IBM about three and a half years ago after a fall on stage. While its progress has been slow, Frampton noticed some significant changes after wrapping up a tour in Fall 2018.

Frampton noted in the interview with CBS This Morning that IBM eventually affects finger mobility, which is obviously essential as a guitarist.

“I’m a perfectionist and I do not want to go out there and feel like, ‘Oh I can’t, this isn’t good,’" said Frampton. "That would be a nightmare for me. It’s my passion, I’ve been playing guitar for 60 years. Started when I was eight and now I’m 68. So, I’ve had a very good run.” 

Frampton continued, “The reason I’m calling it the ‘farewell tour,’ again, is because I know that I will be at the top of my game for this tour and I will make it through this and people won’t be saying, ‘Oh you know, he can’t play as good.’ I can. But we just don't know for how long.”

Frampton recently founded the Peter Frampton Myositis Research Fund at Johns Hopkins, where he’s receiving treatment. One dollar from every ticket sold on his farewell tour will go toward the fund.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning next Friday, March 1 at 10 AM local time at LiveNation.com. (Check local listings for pre-sale information). VIP packages will also be available at Frampton.com.

Peter Frampton reveals rare muscular disease is why his next tour will be his last

Peter Frampton, the legendary guitarist whose 1976 record, "Frampton Comes Alive," is still one of the best-selling live albums of all time, has revealed that he will stop touring because of a rare degenerative muscular disease. The musician announced on Friday that his next tour will be his last.

Peter Frampton - The Farewell Tour

June 18—Tulsa, OK—Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa+
June 20—Little Rock, AR—Robinson Performance Hall
June 22—Montgomery, AL—Wind Creek Casino & Hotel+
June 23—Chattanooga, TN—Tivoli Theatre+
June 26—Memphis, TN—Orpheum Theatre+
June 27—Nashville, TN—Ascend Amphitheater*
June 29—Salamanca, NY—Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino*^
June 30—Bethel, NY—Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
July 2—Pittsburgh, PA—Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
July 3—Syracuse, NY—St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview*
July 5—Montreal, QC—Montreal Jazz Fest- Place des Arts: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier+
July 7—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
July 9—Boston, MA—Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
July 10—Philadelphia, PA—The Met Philadelphia*
July 12—Cincinnati, OH—Riverbend Music Center*
July 13—Stayner, ON—Roxodus Music Festival+
July 23—Traverse City, MI—Interlochen Center for the Arts-Kresge Auditorium+
July 25—Detroit, MI—DTE Energy Music Theatre*
July 26—Morgantown, WV—MountainFest Motorcycle Rally*+
July 28—Chicago, IL—Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island*
July 29—Cedar Rapids, IA—McGrath Amphitheatre
July 31—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 2—Minneapolis, MN—Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater*+
August 4—St. Louis, MO—Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
August 5—Kansas City, MO—Starlight Theatre*
August 8—Cleveland, OH—Blossom Music Center*
August 11—Atlanta, GA—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre at Encore Park*
August 16-21—Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean+
August 30—Charlotte, NC—PNC Music Pavilion*
September 1—Albany, NY—Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
September 2—Uncasville, CT—Mohegan Sun Arena*
September 4—Jacksonville, FL—Daily's Place*
September 6—Miami, FL—Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds*
September 7—Tampa, FL—MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds*
September 10—Simpsonville, SC—CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park*
September 11—Washington, DC—The Anthem*
September 13—New York, NY—Madison Square Garden*#
September 14—Raleigh, NC—Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek*
September 21—Houston, TX—Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman*
September 22—Dallas, TX—The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
September 24—Albuquerque, NM—Sandia Resort & Casino*+
September 26—Phoenix, AZ—Comerica Theatre*
September 28—Las Vegas, NV—Red Rock Resort Spa & Casino+
September 29—Temecula, CA—Pechanga Casino-Pechanga Summit*†
October 2—San Diego, CA—Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU*†
October 3—Paso Robles, CA—Vina Robles Amphitheatre*†+
October 5—Los Angeles, CA—The Forum*†
October 6—Tuolumne, CA—Black Oak Casino Resort-Westside Pavilion*†+
October 9—Seattle, WA—Paramount Theatre*†
October 10—Portland, OR—Ilani Resort & Casino-Cowlitz Ballroom*†+
October 12—San Francisco, CA—Concord Pavilion*†

*with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening
†with Julian Frampton
+not a Live Nation date
^general on sale beginning March 22 at 12pm local time
#general on sale beginning March 8 at 10am local time

 

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.