On Saturday (Feb. 23,) music legend Peter Frampton opened up in an interview about his battle with the inflammatory muscle disease Inclusion-Body Myositis (IBM) and days later, he thanked fans for their support.
“I am so thankful for everyone’s incredible support and love,” he wrote on Monday (Feb. 25.) “I am now going to help raise awareness for IBM. Please help if you can so we can find a cure for this cruel disease.”
According to rarediseaseinfo.gov, Inclusion body myositis (IBM) is a progressive muscle disorder characterized by muscle inflammation, weakness, and atrophy (wasting). It is a type of inflammatory myopathy. IBM develops in adulthood, usually after age 50.
I am so thankful for everyone’s incredible support and love. I am now going to help raise awareness for IBM. Please help if you can so we can find a cure for this cruel disease. https://t.co/CSl3A8rlhN
— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) February 25, 2019
Best known for hits such as “Show Me the Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do,” Frampton actually began experiencing symptoms of IBM nearly eight years ago and finally went in for a diagnosis four years ago when he fell on stage when trying to kick a beach ball on the stage.
“My legs just gave out,” Frampton tells Rolling Stone magazine. “We all joked, ‘He’s fallen and he can’t get up.’ But I was embarrassed.”
Despite the diagnosis, Frampton decided to keep the news from many.
“It wasn’t at a place where it was necessary to tell anybody,” Frampton admits. “My children and my band knew. That was it, literally. My crew didn’t even know.”
Frampton will now embark on a farewell tour this summer.
“In a year’s time, I might not be able to play,” Frampton admits. “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.”