Rocker Peter Frampton, who has been performing for crowds for more than 50 years, announced his retirement from the stage with one last North American tour later this year.
The “Finale The Farewell Tour” will kick-off on June 18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, followed by shows in cities like Montreal, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Raleigh, Dallas, and San Diego. Mid-October, the trek will wrap-up in San Francisco, California. Throughout the run, Jason Bohham’s Led Zeppelin Evening is set to open the show along with Frampton’s son, Julian.
This tour comes after Frampton announced his diagnosis of the inflammatory muscle disease Inclusion-Body Myostis (IBM). While he has known about the disease for a few years, he kept it a secret. Now, he’s decided to announce the farewell tour to make sure he can perform one full run while he’s still healthy enough.
“In a year’s time, I might not be able to play,” he told Rolling Stone. “Right now, it’s progressing but I’m still at the top of my game. 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. I know that this tour, I will be able to do everything I did last year and the year before. That’s the most important thing to me.
“I want to go out screaming as opposed to, ‘He can’t play anymore.’ I’m not going to do that. I’m a perfectionist and I can’t do that. I want to obviously go out there playing my best at all times until I can’t. That’s why this is the farewell tour.”
He said that it’s possible he will head out on a limited basis tour in Europe in the spring of 2020, but nothing is set in stone yet. Additionally, it’s possible that he will still play select shows following the farewell tour, but he said he can’t say what he’ll be doing this time next year.
Frampton, 68, began his tremendous career with bands Humble Pie and The Herd before going solo in 1972 with the debut Wind of Change. He is best-known for the live album Frampton Comes Alive!, which features some of his best hits like “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Show Me The Way,” and “Do You Feel Like We Do.” The LP, which was released in 1976, is one of the top-selling live albums of all time.
His latest solo release, Hummingbird in a Box, dropped in 2014, followed by Acoustic Classics and the joint album Grits & Cornbread with Nanette Workman in 2017. Throughout his career, Frampton has worked with legendary musicians like Ringo Starr, David Bowie, and Pearl Jam members Mike McCready and Matt Cameron.
Check out the full rundown below.
Peter Frampton: Finale The Farewell Tour 2019
06/18 – Tulsa, OK @ Hard Rock Hotel
06/20 – Little Rock, AR @ Robinson Performance Hall
06/22 – Montgomery, AL @ Wind Creek Casino
06/23 – Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theatre
06/26 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
06/27 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
06/29 – Salamanca, NY @ Seneca Allegany Resort
06/30 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
07/02 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
07/03 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater
07/05 – Montreal, QC @ Montreal Jazz Fest
07/07 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
07/09 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
07/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
07/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
07/13 – Stayner, ON @ Roxodus Music Festival
07/23 – Traverse City, MI @ Interlochen Center for the Arts
07/25 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/26 – Morgantown, WV @ MountainFest Motorcycle Rally
07/28 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion
07/29 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ McGrath Amphitheatre
07/31 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater
08/04 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/05 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
08/08 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
08/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
08/16-21 – Barcelona, ES @ Keeping the Blues Alive Cruise
08/30 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
09/01 – Albany, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
09/02 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
09/04 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
09/06 – Miami, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
09/07 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
09/10 – Simpsonville, SC @ CCNB Amphitheatre
09/11 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
09/13 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
09/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park
09/21 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/22 – Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion
09/24 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Resort & Casino
09/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
09/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rocks Resort Spa & Casino
09/29 – Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Casino
10/02 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
10/03 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
10/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
10/06 – Tuoloumne, CA @ Black Oak Casino Resort
10/09 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
10/10 – Portland, OR @ Ilani Resort & Casino
10/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Concord Pavilion