Peter Frampton opens up about Finale the Farewell Tour with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening and why it will be his last tour.
Days after announcing a farewell tour with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, Peter Frampton opened up on why he will stop touring after this run. In an interview with CBS This Morning: Saturday, Frampton revealed his struggle with a medical condition called Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM) a rare and incurable immflamatory condition which causes muscles to slowly weaken.
Frampton was diagnosed about three and a half years ago after a fall on stage. The disease progressed gradually, but sometime around last September or October, after he came off tour, he felt the effects speed up. He said he’s already felt the effects in his fingers, but he’s still able to play guitar well right now.
“But in a year’s time, maybe not so good … I’m a perfectionist and I do not want to go out there and feel like, ‘Oh I can’t, this isn’t good.’ That would be a nightmare for me,” he said. “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.
“Going upstairs and downstairs is the hardest thing for me,” he said. “I’m going to have to get a cane … and then the other thing I noticed, I can’t put things up over my head…What will happen, unfortunately, is that it affects the finger flexors,” he said. “That’s the first telltale sign is the flexors, you know. So for a guitar player, it’s not very good.”
Frampton has been pushing himself to the limit, recording and playing as much as possible while he can. “Between October and two days ago, we’ve done like 33 new tracks,” he said. “I just want to record as much as I can, you know, now, for obvious reasons.”
Catch Frampton’s Finale the Farewell Tour with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening when they stop in Missouri!
- August 4 at Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre – St. Louis
- August 5 at Starlight Theatre – Kansas City
Tickets on sale Friday, March 1 at 10am
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