Peter Frampton To Continue Recording After Quitting The Road
Even though next month will most likely see the end of his performing career, Peter Frampton maintains he'll continue recording. The '70s icon is taking one last lap for fans after discovering he's suffering from a degenerative muscle disease called Inclusion-Body Myositus (IBM), which slowly weakens the body's muscles. Frampton's recently released album, All Blues, debuted at Number One on the Billboard Blues Albums chart -- and has industry insiders already buzzing about a possible Grammy nomination for the set.
During a chat with South Florida's Sun Sentinel, Frampton spoke about his recording plans, explaining, "We made two blues albums. There’s another one in the can. And then we made an instrumental album. And then we started on my next solo record (laughs). So we’ve got four albums virtually all finished. We plan after this tour to go finish those off, and then maybe it’s time for the Christmas album (laughs). I’m going to keep working. I’m going to keep my band busy."
Frampton talked candidly about how IBM is affecting him while on the road: "My legs are not doing well, but I work out five days a week, even on the road. And that’s the only thing that really helps. I’m doing really good. I’m prolonging activity for as long as I can. . . At the end of this tour, we’re going to have a pow-wow and see where I’m at. I’ll see the doctors. But I’ll know myself, what it’s time to do. Whether it’s time to stop or whether it’s time to do the occasional show or whatever. I have to be realistic."
When pressed as to which of his legendary songs he's going to miss playing night after night, Frampton didn't even hesitate, saying, "Oh, 'Lines On My Face.' Definitely. It’s such an engaging track. I’ve been playing it since 1972, when it was recorded, y'know? It’s always been the song that sets the tone for the evening. It’s just about always been the third song that we do, and it kind of pulls everybody in and off we go, for the rest of the night."
Frampton shed light on how the fan interaction has invigorated him in light of his diagnosis, reveling, "People are so full of love and encouragement for me, that I’ve said at the end of the show, 'You guys are going to heal me.' Y'know, they won’t let us go, at the end. It’s hard to explain. But whether it’s 5,000, 10,000 people out there, I feel these hands reaching out to hold me up. That’s a great feeling. I’m eternally grateful."
Peter Frampton remains humble about his success and is still just as excited about writing, recording, and playing out as when he was a kid: ["There's still an 18-year-old try. . . clamoring to get out all the time, y'know? So I still get chill-bumps, my heart starts palpitating when I get excited about music. It was a passion I realized I had when I was about eight-years-old. Thank God it's never left me. I'm so lucky to be able to have a life that all I do is my passion everyday."] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC: . . . my passion everyday)