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Peter Frampton Filming TV Special In Nashville This Month

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Peter Frampton has announced plans to record a television special this month in Nashville.

Frampton in November completed the final shows of his farewell tour in the U.K. and Europe. The upcoming special is to be recorded for the British TV channel Sky Arts on January 22 at the Tucker Theater at Middle Tennessee State University.

Tickets to the free performance were booked up almost instantly after it was announced.

Frampton has not performed a full-scale concert in the U.S. since the final date of his North American farewell tour in October of 2019.

The 72-year-old rock guitar icon announced plans for retirement in early-2019, due to an advancing degenerative muscle disorder called inclusion-body myositis. Frampton, who had already battled the disease for several years prior to the disclosure, was concerned that he might not be able to play guitar at all within a year.

While his singing voice and guitar playing chops have held up, he performed seated during his final shows overseas, explaining in one interview that nowadays he's liable to get caught up in the music and fall if he performs standing.

As he took his final bow last November in Dusseldorf, Germany, with his band, Frampton vowed to the audience to "keep fighting this," leaving the door open for future shows if he remains relatively healthy.

In October, Frampton said that he planned to continue playing guitar for as long as he is physically able. He told Ultimate Classic Rock that he has been writing new songs for an album, which he hopes to release this year or next.

It's unclear if he plans to add more shows to his itinerary or focus on studio work.

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