Peter Frampton admits he's unsure if he'll ever be able to play the final European leg of his farewell tour. Frampton, who wrapped an exhaustive North American trek back in October 2019, has been forced to slowly quit the road upon discovering he's suffering from a degenerative muscle disease called Inclusion-Body Myositus (IBM), that slowly weakens the body's muscles. He was set to play his final shows last spring across the continent. Frampton will release his new instrumental set, Frampton Forgets The Words, on April 23rd.
We caught up with Frampton and asked him if he's hopeful the dozen-plus dates overseas will ever be rescheduled: “I'm not even thinking about re-booking anything until everyone's got vaccinated, basically. I have three clocks. We all have one clock, y'know, our 'life clock.' And I have the 'Covid clock' as to when we can play again live. And then I have my 'IBM clock.' I'm deteriorating very, very, very slowly — but my muscles are deteriorating. So, by the time it's safe to go out and play again, am I going to be able to play? I have to be realistic. People say, 'Well, will you be re-booking the Albert Hall in London?' — I said, 'From your lips, I hope so.'”
Last fall, Peter Frampton published his long awaited memoir, titled, Do You Feel Like I Do? The book chronicled his legendary career — including performing with various solo Beatles — and prior to his own solo super stardom, being shortlisted to join Grand Funk Railroad, the Rolling Stones, the Small Faces, and the Who. We asked him if his now-adult children had any idea how far and wide his musical connections spread: “No, I mean my son (laughs), after half-way through the book, my son Julian called me and he said, 'Dad — which band didn't ask you to join?' (Laughs) So, they knew bits — but they didn't know everything, y'know? And, yeah, it was illuminating for them, I think, too.”