If you are a fan of Peter Frampton, his next tour may be the last time you see him play live again. The legendary 'Frampton Comes Alive' artiste recently opened up about his struggle with Inclusion Body Myositis, a rare inflammatory condition that has no known cure. He revealed that as the condition degenerates his muscles, he can already feel them affecting his fingers. "What will happen, unfortunately, is that it affects the finger flexors," he said.
"That's the first telltale sign is the flexors, you know. So for a guitar player, it's not very good," he told CBS This Morning. Although he can still play well at the current time, the future does not look too promising. "But in a year's time, maybe not so good... I'm a perfectionist and I do not want to go out there and feel like, 'Oh I can't, this isn't good.' That would be a nightmare for me," he said. "I've been playing guitar for 60 years. Started when I was eight and now I'm 68. So, I've had a very good run."
This is the first time that the legendary music idol has talked about his condition. He was diagnosed with the rare condition about three and a half years ago after he suffered a fall on stage.
He also revealed that he's making the most of his time and recording as much as he possibly can. "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."
He also opened up about his everyday struggles and confessed that he may need support to get around in the near future. "Going upstairs and downstairs is the hardest thing for me," he said. "I'm going to have to get a cane ... and then the other thing I noticed, I can't put things up over my head."
Announcing Peter Frampton Finale - The Farewell Tour Presented by @SiriusXM! Looking forward to seeing everyone this summer and fall. We have @Jason_Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening joining us for most of this run & my son, Julian, with @JulianFrampton Band on the west coast dates. pic.twitter.com/B6Lcbh921t— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) February 22, 2019
The guitarist, who has toured with the likes of David Bowie is planning to give his last tour all he's got. "The reason I'm calling it the 'farewell tour', again, is because I know that I will be at the top of my game for this tour and I will make it through this and people won't be saying, 'Oh you know, he can't play as good.' I can. But we just don't know for how long," he said before revealing that he was undergoing a drug trial but he's not too hopeful about it succeeding. "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."
'Peter Frampton Finale Tour' kicks off on June 18th. He will be playing in venues like Forum and Madison Square Garden. Find the tour schedule here.