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Peter Frampton reveals rare muscle disease and announces farewell tour

News 25/02/2019

Peter Frampton has shared with fans on Saturday that a double album is coming this Autumn and will be touring across the U.S. soon.

However, what shocked many fans was that Frampton has revealed that he suffers from a rare degenerative muscle disease called inclusion body myositis (IBM). Although the disease is not life threatening, it progressively weakens a person's muscles.

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Naturally, his children were devastated when they were told of the condition. Frampton explains, "But I said, 'Look, it's not life-threatening. It's life-changing.' … They've been phenomenal, everyone. Every one of my ex-wives has been wonderful, I have to say."

Frampton assures that it won't affect his singing ability but could slow his finger and body movements. He tells CBS News that he has been "furiously recording" music since he was diagnosed with IBM. "Between October and two days ago, we've done like 33 new tracks," he said. "I just want to record as much as I can, you know, now, for obvious reasons."

Diagnosed about three and a half years ago after a stage fall, only Frampton's children and his band knew of his condition.

"In a year’s time, I might not be able to play. Right now, it’s progressing but I’m still at the top of my game," he tells Rolling Stone. "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."

As the disease has yet to have a proper treatment, Frampton will be participating in a new drug trial at Johns Hopkins with a team of doctors coordinating his treatment.

He is hoping for a short European leg next year. Currently, he's scheduled for 'Peter Frampton Finale - The Farewell Tour' which begins on 18th June. The tour will also feature John Bonham's son, Jason's band - Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening. Unannounced special guests will also appear on select dates.

You can see the full details to the 51-date tour here.

"If this is the farewell tour, then maybe if the drug trial works, there'll be the miracle tour... I wish but I'm realistic, too, so that's why we're really — this really is the farewell tour," Frampton says.