Peter Frampton is preparing for his final tour shows

Peter Frampton is preparing for the end of his touring career. He will perform a series of concerts in the UK and Europe in November, which have been moved to 2020.

In a new interview with Classic rock (via Guitar.com), the guitarist revealed that he will be performing these upcoming shows seated, due to the progression of his inclusion body myositis (IBM), a degenerative muscle disease that has slowly affected his ability to perform.

Frampton says it’s mostly a safety issue. “My legs are not good,” he said. “And I’ve decided that I’m going to sit down for these upcoming tour dates in Europe. I can’t stand it. It would be dangerous for me now because I get so carried away when I play that I tend to fall over.”

He revealed his diagnosis in 2019, around the same time he planned a comprehensive farewell tour, which made its way across North America that year. Frampton was then due to tour overseas to the UK and Europe in 2020. These dates were postponed due to the pandemic but have now been rescheduled. (You can see a full list of upcoming show dates at his website.)

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Since announcing his diagnosis, Frampton has been committed to raising awareness of IBM. After seeking treatment at the Johns Hopkins Myositis Center in Baltimore, Frampton helped establish Peter Frampton Myositis Research Fund.

According to one of Frampton’s doctors, playing the guitar may have helped mitigate the progression of his IBM to some extent. “We don’t have the data to project where he’ll be in five more years, and one size doesn’t fit all,” Lisa Christopher-Stine said in 2020. “But he’s one of my slowest-developing IBM patients overall. Maybe if you use your fingers so often, it delays the inevitable.” She has since started suggesting to her patients that they take up guitar or piano.

Frampton admitted he is worried about the upcoming shows – “I haven’t played over there in such a long time,” he noted – but has assured fans he intends to end his touring career on a high note: “It starts to affect my hands, but not enough yet so I can still play a good lick.”

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