Peter Frampton is making good on returning to Europe — with three new UK dates newly announced. Back in October 2019 Frampton wrapped an exhaustive North American trek after being forced to slowly quit the road upon discovering he’s suffering from a degenerative muscle disease called Inclusion-Body Myositus (IBM), that slowly weakens the body’s muscles.
Frampton was set to play his final shows across Europe with a full scale tour during the spring of 2020 — until the pandemic sidelined his plans.
As it stands now, three shows are now on the books, with the Grammy-winning guitarist hitting Glasgow, Scotland along with Stoke-On-Trent and London, England. There have been no other European cities or North American dates announced.
During his chat with CBS, Peter Frampton spoke about how IBM affects the body: [“For a guitar player, it’s not so good. But, I’m able to play great — right now. In a year’s time, maybe not so good. I’m a perfectionist and I do not wanna go out there and feel like, ‘Oh, I can’t. . . this isn’t good’; that would be a nightmare for me. ‘Cause it’s my passion. I’ve been playing guitar for 60 years — started when I was eight. So, I’ve had a very good run. 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 say ‘Ohhh — he can’t play as good. . .’ I can, y’know? But, we just don’t know for how long.”] SOUNDCUE (:36 OC: . . . for how long)
During the shutdown, we caught up with Frampton and asked him if he was hopeful the dozen-plus dates overseas will ever be rescheduled: [“I’m not even thinking about re-booking anything until everyone’s got vaccinated, basically. I have three clocks. We all have one clock, y’know, our ‘life clock.’ And I have the ‘Covid clock’ as to when we can play again live. And then I have my ‘IBM clock.’ I’m deteriorating very, very, very slowly — but my muscles are deteriorating. So, by the time it’s safe to go out and play again, am I going to be able to play? I have to be realistic. People say, ‘Well, will you be re-booking the Albert Hall in London?’ — I said, ‘From your lips, I hope so.'”] SOUNDCUE (:35 OC: . . . I hope so)
JUST ANNOUNCED: Peter Frampton UK tour dates (subject to change):
November 5 – Stoke-On-Trent, England – Victoria Hall
November 6 – Glasgow, Scotland – SEC Armadillo
November 8 – London, England – Royal Albert Hall