Via Rollinstone.com. It started about eight years ago. Peter Frampton began to notice his legs were feeling more stiff and weak. He thought it was just a part of getting older, but it continued to worsen. About four years ago he tried to kick a beach ball back into the crowd at one of his concerts, and fell over. “My legs just gave out,” he says. “We all joked, ‘He’s fallen and he can’t get up.’ But I was embarrassed.”
In the weeks that followed there were more falls, and his arms were feeling so weak he was having trouble lifting heavy bags into overhead compartments on planes. After the tour he saw a neurologist and was diagnosed with the inflammatory muscle disease Inclusion-Body Myositis (IBM) and sent to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland where he was teamed up with Dr. Lisa Christopher-Stine, the director of their myositis clinic. He told Rolling Stone, “Then it was revealed to me that it wouldn’t just affect my legs and my arms, but it’s going to affect my fingers. That was the most troubling thing, obviously, for me.”
He can still play guitar easily, but with the window on that possibly closing forever, he’s booked a farewell tour that brings him to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion July 9th.
“We decided to do a farewell tour now since I don’t want to go out and not be able to play well. If I’m going to do a farewell tour, I want to play good. 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. That’s the most important thing to me. I want to go out screaming.”
Peter Frampton FINALE, The Farewell Tour with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening
July 9th at The Rockland Trust Bank Pavillion. Tickets on sale Friday March 1st at 10:00am.