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Peter Frampton, hanging it up after final tour (medical issues)


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Just stumbled onto this.  Didn't care for him during "Alive" as he struck me too much as a pretty boy.  As years went on, I came to appreciate him more & more.


I might try to catch his last tour, just to show respect.  (and I enjoy his DVD's)


Peter Frampton says he’s suffering from a degenerative muscle disease, announces farewell tour

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Just one day after Peter Frampton announced he’s embarking on tour, the legendary musician announced it will his farewell tour because he's suffering from a rare degenerative muscular disease.

The 68-year-old told “CBS This Morning: Saturday” he was first diagnosed with inclusion-body myositis (IBM) nearly four years ago after a fall onstage.


According to Rolling Stone, Frampton first noticed his ankles were feeling tight in the morning but dismissed it as so-called aches that come with getting older. Then his legs began to feel weak. However, Frampton realized something was truly wrong when he fell over while trying to kick a beach ball back to a fan.

Two weeks later, he tripped over a guitar cord on stage and collapsed again. His arms were getting so weak that lifting heavy objects onto the overhead compartments of planes was becoming difficult. Embarrassed and frustrated, Frampton saw a neurologist and received the shocking news.

 Peter Frampton performs onstage at the TEC Awards during the 2019 NAMM Show at the Hilton Anaheim on January 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California.

 Peter Frampton performs onstage at the TEC Awards during the 2019 NAMM Show at the Hilton Anaheim on January 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Getty)

“I’m thinking of all the times in my life that I have something devastating [that] that’s happened to my career or in my family or me,” he told the morning show. “I’ve brushed myself off, got myself up and changed directions.”

Frampton said he knew the disease had progressed late last year while on vacation with his daughter in Maui.

“I fell on a boat,” he recalled. “And it was a pretty bad fall.”

It was at that moment when the beloved guitarist realized it was time to leave the road.


“I’m able to play great right now,” he explained. “In a year’s time, maybe not so good. I’m a perfectionist, and I do not want to go out there and fell like ‘Oh I can’t’ or ‘This isn’t good.’ That would be a nightmare for me.”

Frampton said the idea of struggling to play guitar on stage in front of his fans breaks his heart.

“It’s my passion,” he explained. “I’ve been playing guitar for 60 years. Started when I was 8. Now I’m 68. So I’ve had a very good run.”

According to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, IBM is a “progressive muscle disorder characterized by muscle inflammation, weakness and atrophy.” The disease typically develops in individuals after age 50, and the older one is, the more rapidly their symptoms progress. There is currently no cure.

Frampton said “going upstairs and downstairs is the hardest thing for me" and he also “can’t put things up over my head.” He also shared that with time, IBM will likely impact his finger flexors, which will get in the way of playing guitar.

Despite the diagnosis, Frampton is determined to make his final tour extra special. One dollar from every ticket sold for the tour will go toward the research fund he created with Johns Hopkins University in hopes of finding a cure.

“If this is the farewell tour, then maybe if the drug trial works, there’ll be the miracle tour,” he said. “I wish but I’m realistic too.”


Frampton admitted to Rolling Stone that the announcement of his tour is bittersweet.

“I don’t want to stop playing,” he said. “That’s the last thing I want to stop doing. I’m going to be playing as long as I can play, but this will be the last extended tour. I can’t say what I’ll be doing next year.”

Still, Frampton is finding other ways to pursue his passion while he still can. According to the magazine, he is currently working on three projects. In addition, Frampton exercises daily to help strengthen his muscles.

“I inherited this incredible team of doctors who are so passionate about what they do that it’s ridiculous,” Frampton explained. “… There’s no specific treatment for IBM. They have traditional medicine that is working. They are coming out with some drug trials. I’m hoping to be involved with those. That is something that is in the future. Right now, the only thing that works for me is exercise. I work out like a maniac all the time. It’s strengthening the muscles that I have. It seems to be the best possible thing for IBM is to workout every day.”

The “Baby, I Love Your Way” hitmaker also shared how he will feel when the time comes to wrap up his tour.

“I’ve thought about that, but I know that all my kids will be there. My ex-wives will be there,” he joked. “I hope not. No, they probably will. It’s going to be a part and a celebration of what’s going to come. We’re going to celebrate. We’re not going to look backward. We’re going to go forward. I know I’ve got so much more to do. It will be an emotional evening, obviously. I have such a great support group. My kids. My ex-wives [laughs] I’m very lucky.”

The "Peter Frampton Finale Tour" kicks off June 18 and will continue until October.

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4 minutes ago, jimjimbo said:

Saw him during his "Frampton Comes Alive" tour in Oahu with Gary Wright (Dream Weaver), in 1975.  Crazy good concert.

Must have posted at the same time.

Yes the same tour, Gary Wright was with him here also. When  Gary Wright was playing, that organ made it feel like the room was spinning around, yes it was mostly the organ causing that, mostly.

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That's sad news.  At least he's still alive and getting around.  Have you seen Tim Curry lately?  He had a stroke and now gets around in a wheelchair.  Rocky Horror was a long time ago.


I saw Peter Frampton play twice.  The first time was in the early Seventies, with Frampton's Camel, at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.  They were opening for a more famous band, whose name escapes me right now.  I wasn't at all impressed.


Years later, in the early Eighties, Peter played at Ontario Place Forum, a circular outdoor venue with a rotating stage under a roof, plus lots of room to sit on the grass outside for the cheap ticket holders.  We were surprised to see him with a brush cut, after all the years with long hair.  No matter, he did a great show.  A big thunder and lightning storm started partway through the concert, and the soaked fans on the grass took shelter behind the last seats at the edges of the roof, and in the aisles.  Nobody minded.  Water was pouring off the sides of the roof, and there were frequent big lightning bolts.  The effects of the storm made the show seem almost magical, and everyone seemed to have a good time.


That's how I remember Peter Frampton.

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3 hours ago, dtel said:

Only seen him once, I think it was 1975, Frampton comes alive tour I think it was. He came to a place called the Wharehouse, great show and he was young at the time like 25.

That is very sad news.


I first saw him in the summer of '75 at Winterland, which was phenomenal and where most of Frampton Comes Alive came from.


Always thought he was a great guitarist with Humble Pie and in his solo career.


Hope I can catch him one last time.





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Sorry to hear this... My grandmother was diagnosed with degenerative muscular disease and from that time on she felt worse every month. Grandma always rejected and said that the disease was because she was old and it's impossible to nothing hurts. She didn't want to waste our money on meds and clinique. Until one time we staying at her place on the Christmas holidays and saw how she was constantly holding back her pain, she even started to cry. We immediately started our research and asked a question [link removed by moderator]  and were happy to find good specialists there. Grandma feels better, she takes meds and spends more time with us because she has nothing to hide from us now.

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