If you go
› What: Peter Frampton
› Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.
› When: 8 p.m. Sunday, June 23
› Admission: $56, $76, $96, $136
› For more information: 423-757-5580
Legendary rock guitarist Peter Frampton is retiring from regular touring at the end of this year, but before then he's making one last victory lap around the country with Finale — the Farewell Tour.
His farewell tour stops in the Tivoli Theatre on Sunday, June 23, one of 50 shows presented by Sirius XM and produced by Live Nation. The tour suppports Frampton's 17th album, "All Blues," which was released June 7.
Frampton is retiring due to his diagnosis of Inclusion Body Myositis, a progressive muscle disorder characterized by muscle inflammation, weakness and atrophy.
Because of that diagnosis, $1 of every ticket sold on the tour, as well as any donations, will benefit The Peter Frampton Myositis Research Fund at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a newly established fund by Frampton and the hospital where he's being treated.
Frampton, 69, is one of the most celebrated artists in rock history. The self-taught guitarist was lead singer and guitarist for The Herd at age 16. At 18, he co-founded Humble Pie. While playing with Humble Pie, Frampton did session recording with Harry Nilsson, Jerry Lee Lewis and John Entwistle's "Whistle Rymes." Pete Drake introduced Frampton to the "talk box," which became one of his trademark guitar effects.
His session work also includes collaborations with legendary artists such as George Harrison, David Bowie, Ringo Starr, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam).
Frampton has appeared as himself on "The Simpsons," "Family Guy" and Madame Secretary." He served as technical advisor on Cameron Crowe's 2000 film "Almost Famous," as well as appearing in it and writing songs for the soundtrack.
He won a Grammy in 2007 and was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014. The Music Business Association presented him with the Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement this year. He also received the Les Paul Innovation Award at the 2019 National Association of Music Merchants 34th annual TEC Awards.
He took Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus on the road for two years with special guests B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Vince Gill, Larry Carlton, Robert Randolph, Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles), Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Robert Cray and Roger McGuinn of the Byrds.
He 1976 solo album, "Frampton Comes Alive!," remains one of the top-selling live records of all time, with over 17 million copies sold worldwide.
New album "All Blues" is a collection of Frampton's favorite blues classics. It was recorded with his longtime touring band: Adam Lester (guitar/vocals), Rob Arthur (keyboards/guitar/vocals) and Dan Wojciechowski (drums).
"I have always loved to play the blues," Frampton explains. "When we formed Humble Pie, the first material we played together was just that. For the last two summers, I had been playing a handful of blues numbers every night onstage with Steve Miller Band. I enjoyed this immensely and it gave me the idea of doing an album live in the studio with my band.
"Over a two-week period, we recorded 23 tracks, all live in the studio. With this recording, we pay tribute to all the original artists who invented this incredible music. I'm not sure if you can say we had fun playing the blues, but we definitely did."