Peter Frampton says that his upcoming studio set is the album that should’ve followed his 1976 mega-platinum behemoth, Frampton Comes Alive!

Frampton, who’s currently rehearsing for his farewell European trek, has long felt that despite 1977’s I’m In You hitting Number Two, spawning his biggest hit single with the album’s title track and staying in the Billboard Top 10 for 11 weeks — he blew his chance to at a fresh artistic statement.

We asked Frampton about how his new sessions have been going: “It’s the album that should’ve followed Frampton Comes Alive! (Laughs) I’ve waited this many years — and guess what: I don’t know when I’m going to finish it. There’s no rush. I’m about six songs recorded in — I’m taking my time. Every track has to be something that gives me goosebumps. There’s not going to be a filler (track) on it. I’ve got some great material.”

Frampton has been forced to slowly quit the road upon discovering he’s suffering from a degenerative muscle disease called Inclusion-Body Myositus (IBM), that slowly weakens the body’s muscles. Despite the hurdles facing him, he’s prepared to hitting stage with everything he’s got: “I want to do the best possible show I can do. I had said before, I don’t wanna be the guy that goes out there and the audience go, ‘Well, I know it’s his finale tour. He’s not as good as he used to be, but. . .’ I don’t wanna be that guy. I wanna be able to go out there and fool ’em that I’m (laughs) still as good as I was.”

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