Rock Legend Peter Frampton Brings Farewell Tour to Cincinnati This Week

The guitarist is retiring from the road because he has Inclusion Body Myositis, a progressive muscular disorder, and wants to go out while he's still on top of his game. On Friday, he performs one last time at Riverbend Music Center.

click to enlarge Peter Frampton - Photo: Austin Lord
Photo: Austin Lord
Peter Frampton

Rock legend Peter Frampton who lived in Cincinnati for several years around the turn of the century announced in February that he would embark on his final tour this summer. Dates include this Friday’s concert at Riverbend Music Center, where Frampton has performed several times in recent years.

Frampton told CBS This Morning he was retiring from the road because he has the autoimmune disease Inclusion Body Myositis, a progressive muscular disorder, and he wants to go out while he is still in top form, playing-wise.

“I’m a perfectionist and I do not want to go out there and feel like, ‘Oh I can’t, this isn’t good,’ ” he said.

After co-founding Rock supergroup Humble Pie in 1969 when he was just 18, Frampton began his historic solo career. His double-live album Frampton Comes Alive! made him a superstar in 1976; it was the best-selling album of 1976 and remains one of the top-selling live albums of all time, moving more than 11 million units worldwide.

Frampton bought a home in Indian Hill in 2000 after marrying a woman from the area. He sold the house after getting divorced earlier this decade and now lives in Nashville. When Frampton lived in Cincinnati, he was involved in several community projects. He appeared on the King Records tribute album Hidden Treasures in the early ’00s alongside local acts Over The Rhine, The Ass Ponys, Blessid Union of Souls and others, recording a cover of Freddie King’s “Hide Away” that also featured local drummer Philip Paul, who appeared on the original.

Joining Frampton for his final Cincinnati show will be Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin drum god John Bonham, who will be performing a tribute to his pops’ old group.

7:30 p.m. Friday. $29.50-$350. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,

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