Peter Frampton's farewell tour is filled with mixed emotions. Despite still playing at the top of his game, Frampton is taking one last lap for fans after discovering he's suffering from a degenerative muscle disease called Inclusion-Body Myositus (IBM), which slowly weakens the body's muscles.
During a chat with Cleveland.com, Frampton spoke about the fact that he's been passed over for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for decades. Humble Pie — Frampton's early-'70s stadium filling hard rock ensemble with the late-Steve Marriott — has been eligible for induction since 1994 and Frampton as a solo act has been ignored since 1997. Frampton admitted, “The thing is, I’ve never expected anything in my life or in my career. I never expected to get this award or that award, whatever. Whatever has come my way is so appreciated. If it happens, it happens, and I will be thrilled. My fans seem to be more upset about it than I am.”
Frampton, who's not only one of the most down to Earth guys in all of rock — but also a genuinely nice guy — went on to say: “Actually, as long as I could pay the rent and then the mortgage, that was a success for me.”
Peter Frampton shed some light on what made his collaboration with Steve Marriott and Humble Pie so special at the dawn of the 1970's: “The conflict of musical styles — that's what I think made Humble Pie a very fiery band, because there was this guy with this great voice — Steve — and the very blues-oriented blues guitar. And then there's me, on the other side of the stage, playing very lyrical jazzy lines over a blues-rock bass, y'know, which was very different then. And that's, I think, the combination of us two, I think that's what made it so. . . It was on the edge all the time, y'know?”