Peter Frampton Reveals Muscle Disease, Announces Final Tour
Veteran rock guitarist Peter Frampton said Saturday his next tour will be his last because he has been diagnosed with a degenerative muscle disease called inclusion body myositis (IBM).
The 68-year-old said the disease causes muscles to weaken but doesn’t affect his singing voice. In addition to the tour, he plans to put out another album.
“In a year’s time, I might not be able to play,” Frampton told Rolling Stone. “I want to record as much as I can in the shortest space of time.”
Frampton will play the Montreal International Jazz Festival on July 5 and the Roxodus Music Fest in Ontario on July 13.
The musician, whose 1976 Frampton Comes Alive! remains one of the biggest-selling live albums ever, said he those close to him have known about his IBM for about four years.
Frampton told CBS News the new tour will be his last because he wants to be able to play well.
“I want to rock it. I know that this tour, I will be able to do everything I did last year and the year before,” he explained. "That’s the most important thing to me. I want to go out screaming as opposed to, ‘He can’t play anymore.’”