Since Peter Frampton announced on Saturday that his next tour will be his farewell due to a muscular disease, he has received numerous words of encouragement from fans, friends and celebrities.
Among them are former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham,
Frampton went into further detail on the disease, Inclusion-Body Myositis, in an interview with Rolling Stone.
He says he first started noticing something wasn't right about eight years ago when his ankles felt tight. This was followed over the years by his legs just giving out, causing him to fall. He says, "We all joked, ‘He’s fallen and he can’t get up.’ But I was embarrassed.”
In addition to the tour, which starts on June 18th in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Frampton is also recording.
"We’ve done two albums already. I want to record as much as I can in the shortest space of time. We’re actually working on three projects. I’m very much feeling that I’m playing like always. Some people are saying even better, but I’d let them say that."
Asked if the tour will be stretched out over a few years like Elton John and KISS, Frampton says, "I can’t say at this point. Beyond my fingers, which is the guitar-playing part, there’s my legs too. Getting around is getting more difficult. I don’t want to stop playing. That’s the last thing I want to stop doing. I’m going to be playing as long as I can play, but this will be the last extended tour. I can’t say what I’ll be doing next year."
While there is no cure, Frampton says he has turned to exercise to try and slow the disease. He adds, "They are coming out with some drug trials. I’m hoping to be involved with those. That is something that is in the future. Right now, the only thing that works for me is exercise. I work out like a maniac all the time. It’s strengthening the muscle that I have. It seems to be the best possible thing for IBM is to work out every day."
Inclusion-Body Myositis is a rare disease. Only 24,000 people in the U.S. have the diagnosis.