Frampton Comes Alive…in Los Feliz!
Sharing an August 10th Greek Theatre bill with the Steve Miller Band, rocker Peter Frampton is looking forward to returning to the Los Feliz venue.
“It’s not only a great place to play, it’s one of the best places to see a concert. It has such a nice vibe, nice ambiance,” Frampton said.
The “Show Me the Way” singer has known Miller—who in April was inducted into the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame—since he was 20, when Miller’s longtime collaborator, legendary producer Glyn Johns, worked with Frampton’s rock band of origin, Humble Pie.
“We’ve played everything together: stadiums, clubs, bar mitzvahs,” Frampton said of Miller with a chuckle.
Frampton recently toured nationwide, playing stripped-down versions of his hits alongside son, 29-year-old Julian Frampton, on rhythm guitar.
This time, Frampton will jam with his band: Adam Lester on rhythm guitar, David Labruyere on bass, Rob Arthur on keyboards and Dan Wojciechowski on percussion.
The Greek engagement will mark Frampton’s first local appearance since last August, when he also performed at the Greek, on a bill with Lynrd Skynyrd.
Since his 2016 album, Acoustic Classics, Frampton has released a new composition co-written with writing partner Gordon Kennedy, “I Saved a Bird Today,” a lilting metaphor set to Frampton’s guitar noodling, stemming from a literal event where a bird hit a window at Frampton’s Nashville home.
For Frampton, one line carries particular import for him given the world today: “To care for one another is the reason that we are here.”
Former Beatle “Ringo [Starr]’s motto is ‘peace and love,’” Frampton said. “I added ‘peace, love and truth.’ We’ve kind of forgotten how to look after one another.”
In the aftermath of the Beatles’ 1969 breakup, Starr drummed on Frampton’s first solo album, 1972’s Wind of Change. A year earlier, Frampton had played on ex-Beatle George Harrison’s seminal debut solo album, the Phil Spector-produced All Things Must Pass.
In 1976, Frampton released Frampton Comes Alive!, which featured live recordings of songs culled from his previous four albums, including his most popular hit, “Baby, I Love Your Way.”
The album was a monster hit, selling 8 million copies and surpassing Carol King’s Tapestry as the most successful live album of all time.
According to Frampton, after that, the record company began to market him as a shirtless teen idol.
“I couldn’t wait for that to go away, obviously,” Frampton said.
When after a 1979 concert, a fan expressed surprise Frampton could play guitar, the singer-songwriter said he realized “the musician had been forgotten. That’s when I decided to take a break.”
Frampton continued to record, but stayed under the radar until his 1986 single “Lying” hit big on music charts.
The following year, he played on alternative rock icon David Bowie’s 1987 album Never Let Me Down and the accompanying Glass Spider tour, where he regained recognition as a serious musician, rather than a pop idol.
“David definitely realized that I had turned from a musician to a pin up. He knew me as the guitar player—always. He gave me that terrific gift,”’ Frampton said.
Though the album marked their first professional collaboration, the pair had been close friends since attending the same high school in England, where Frampton’s father had been Bowie’s art teacher.
Frampton said he will take the time to honor Bowie, who passed away in January 2016, telling stories from their lifelong friendship between songs at his upcoming Greek Theater show.
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