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Peter Frampton Announces Farewell Tour

By Andy Greene

Andy Greene

Peter Frampton is the latest classic rock icon to announce that his next tour will be his last. A extensive arena and amphitheater farewell tour – which will feature Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening as the opening act most nights – kicks off June 18th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma and wraps up October 12th at the Concord Pavilion in San Francisco, California.

Frampton first came to fame as the frontman of the Sixties psychedelic band the Herd and then as the guitarist in the early Seventies rock band Humble Pie. He went solo in 1972, but struggled to find a mass audience until his 1976 live album Frampton Comes Alive! hit Number One on the album charts and produced the massive hit singles “Show Me the Way,” “Baby, I Love Your Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do.”

The success was relatively short-lived since he followed it up with the underwhelming I’m In You in 1977 and the notoriously awful Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band movie musical in 1978. By the dawn of MTV in 1981 he was dismissed as a has-been by much of the industry. Things took a turn in 1987 when his childhood friend David Bowie invited him to play guitar on his LP Never Let Me Down and the supporting Glass Spider tour. It put Frampton back in front of a huge audience and helped him slowly re-start his solo career. And while many of his new albums failed to chart, his concerts began drawing large crowds to his shows again. In 2011, he re-released Frampton Comes Alive ! as a deluxe edition and played it straight tour on a long tour.

Peter Frampton Finale Tour Dates

June 18 — Tulsa, OK @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa June 20 — Little Rock, AR @ Robinson Performance Hall June 22 — Wetumpka, AL @ Wind Creek Casino & Hotel June 23 — Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theatre June 26 — Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre June 27 — Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater June 29 — Salamanca, NY @ Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino June 30 — Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts July 2 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center for the Performing Arts July 3 — Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview July 5 — Montreal, QC @ Montreal Jazz Fest- Place des Arts: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier July 7 — Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion July 9 — Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion July 10 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia July 12 — Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center July 13 — Stayner, ON @ Roxodus Music Festival July 23 — Traverse City, MI @ Interlochen Center for the Arts-Kresge Auditorium July 25 — Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre July 26 — Morgantown, WV @ MountainFest Motorcycle Rally July 28 — Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island July 29 — Cedar Rapids, IA @ McGrath Amphitheatre July 31 — Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre August 2 — Minneapolis, MN @ Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater August 4 — St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre August 5 — Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre August 8 — Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center August 11 — Atlanta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre at Encore Park August 16-21 — Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean August 30 — Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion September 1 — Albany, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center September 2 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena September 4 — Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place September 6 — Miami, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds September 7 — Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds September 10 — Simpsonville, SC @ CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park September 11 — Washington, DC @ The Anthem September 13 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden September 14 — Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek September 21 — Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman September 22 — Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory September 24 — Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Resort & Casino September 26 — Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre September 28 — Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Resort Spa & Casino September 29 — Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Casino-Pechanga Summit October 2 — San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU October 3 — Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre October 5 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum October 6 — Tuolumne, CA @ Black Oak Casino Resort-Westside Pavilion October 9 — Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre October 10 — Portland, OR @ Ilani Resort & Casino-Cowlitz Ballroom October 12 — San Francisco, CA @ Concord Pavilion

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Peter Frampton Finale Tour Farewell Dates Announced

The extensive run will take the classic rock guitar hero across North America for one more rock and roll ride

With a career spanning more than five decades, GRAMMY winner Peter Frampton has announced his farewell tour this summer. The extensive Peter Frampton Finale Tour will kick off June 18 in Tulsa, Okla., and wind through North America over the following months before wrapping in San Francisco on Oct. 12.

John Bonham 's Led Zeppelin will serve as supporting act for most of the shows, and the tour will hit major cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and more.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Announcing Peter Frampton Finale - The Farewell Tour Presented by <a href="https://twitter.com/SIRIUSXM?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SiriusXM</a>! Looking forward to seeing everyone this summer and fall. We have <a href="https://twitter.com/Jason_Bonham?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Jason_Bonham</a>&#39;s Led Zeppelin Evening joining us for most of this run &amp; my son, Julian, with <a href="https://twitter.com/JulianFrampton?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JulianFrampton</a> Band on the west coast dates. <a href="https://t.co/B6Lcbh921t">pic.twitter.com/B6Lcbh921t</a></p>&mdash; Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) <a href="https://twitter.com/peterframpton/status/1098965111207796738?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 22, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Prior to launching his solo career in 1972, Frampton fronted the '60s psychedilic rock outfit Humble Pie. His classic 1976 live album, Frampton Comes Alive! , produced the now-ubiquitous live hits "Show Me The Way," "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Do You Feel Like I Do." The album was nominated for a GRAMMY for Album Of The Year, the first of Frampton's five career nominations. His first win came 30 years later for his 2006 album, Fingerprints , which won Best Pop Instrumental Album.

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A full list of dates and ticket info for the Peter Frampton Finale Tour is available via his  website .

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Catching Up With Neal Francis: How Peter Frampton, A Spiritual Journey & Chicago Pride Led To A Timeless Live Album & Film

For Neal Francis, a hometown show was the ultimate stage to capture his energetic performance via live album and concert film. The cheekily titled 'Francis Comes Alive' was recorded at Chicago's Thalia Hall.

A hometown gig is often something special for a performer — local friends and family bring a particular energy to the audience; the feel of a familiar room can enliven the show. Undoubtedly, there's a joy in performing for people who live in the same milieu that inspired your music. 

For singer, songwriter and pianist Neal Francis , a hometown show was the ultimate stage to capture his energetic performance via live album and concert film. Recorded live to tape at Chicago's Thaila Hall with an expanded 11-piece band, Francis Comes Alive could've been cut in 1973 or 2023 — as if the Band, the Meters, Wings and Dr. John had become unstuck in time. 

Fittingly, Francis and co. rollick through 12 originals on vintage analog equipment under moody lighting. Most of the band don custom jumpsuits; shaggy-haired Francis is centerstage wailing on the keys, his paisley-printed one-piece open to the navel. Through an occasionally hazy filter, the camera pans over the sold-out audience and the sound engineer, who is grooving backstage.

Compared to the incredible and bombastic stage shows documented in Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé and Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour , Francis Comes Alive is stripped down. But it's clear Francis and his all-Chicago band are having a great time. Touring with such a large, local ensemble "felt like a high school band field trip," Francis tells GRAMMY.com. "We ham it up there…everybody's just so together and it feels like one unit."

Neal Francis will close 2023 — which saw him play 113 dates across the country — with a New Year's Eve show in Denver, Colorado. GRAMMY.com caught up with Francis to discuss Francis Comes Alive , his spiritual journey back to music, and receiving a blessing from the OG rocker to Come Alive . 

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

You've been touring heavily in the past few years, which would certainly hone your live show. Was that part of the thinking behind putting out a live album?

Definitely. We had talked about doing a live record and it just made sense: We've played hundreds of shows together, let's document it. But then of course adding an extra seven people to the equation, that was more of a separate vision.

What about your live performance did you think would translate well to a live album/film?

We've persisted in presenting this kind of old school rock show that may not be as common anymore, which I think resonates with people.  I think people don't expect it because my recorded music is a lot more laid back and chill than what they encounter live. We just pour all of our energy into it. 

I tried to make the presentation of the live album and the live film— as much as I could within the constraints of our budget— look special and ethereal. It all came from my initial brainchild, but I definitely would not have come close to pulling it off were it not for having that team around me: Al Basse is the director, [and] my stylist Rachel Epperson made all the jumpsuits from scratch for the entire band – including the one I was wearing.

There's one guy in a white suit that has all this fringe under his arms…

That's our guitarist. It was funny because that was what I envisioned myself wearing initially. What always happens with Rachel is I'll come in with some idea and then she'll just really go out in left field with it and end up creating something that's way more cool than anything I could ever think of.

Rachel makes a lot of what we wear on stage on any given night. She's been with us since early on. 

There have been quite a few concert films out this year, including massive ones from Taylor Swift and Beyoncé . While yours is markedly different, did you think about any of those big tours as you were putting this concept together?

I don't want to say I have my head under a rock, but in some ways I do because I didn't have any idea that those were coming out! I don't have social media at all; I have a presence there thanks to my management team. I'm generally looking towards stuff I like from the past for inspiration, and [to] my spiritual journey. I read a lot. 

My range of influence is a little bit different than whatever's happening currently. And I'd love to see T Swift's movie. My dad actually went and saw it, and I didn't ask how he liked it, but I should. [ Laughs .] 

As far as other concert films, there's two that really come off the top of my head: The Last Waltz and Stop Making Sense . I feel like a cue was taken from The Last Waltz in hiring a horn section, perhaps. 

I had this pretty strong visual experience doing some breathwork in January of 2023 that gave birth to the whole visual concept, and that gave me enough vocabulary and manic energy to start collaborating with Al and Rachel. And it just took shape from there. 

I wanted custom set pieces like you would see on a 1960s variety show, but ideas like that had to be pared down. We ended up dressing up the risers, et cetera instead. The people I have working with me are just ingenious, so I think it came off really well. 

Beyond the pandemic, the past five years or so have been quite a whirlwind for you. You broke up with a partner, you started a music ministry job in 2018, made your debut album Changes in 2019 and then put out In Plain Sight — which was recorded in that church, where you were also living, in 2021. How does your creative journey reflect those experiences?

I got sober in October of 2015 and I didn't really start investing back into my music career until I was a couple years sober.

The common thread for me has been as I develop a spiritual way of life — not to say a religious way of life, but just as I devote more time to things like meditation and increased mindfulness and awareness — it seems to translate to these gifts in my career that I didn't have at all before getting sober. The more I contribute to that side of things, the more everything else blossoms.

Have you seen yourself evolve as a performer as well?

Unquestionably. I'll just say inwardly, Wow, I'm able to sing so much better now . When that recording was made at Thalia Hall, unfortunately, I was still smoking. And that was something that I was actually in the midst of a relapse, smoking cigarettes. And I can really hear it, when I listen back. 

One of the things that has been getting more consistent is my commitment to my vocal process, warming up and the sort of exercises I do. Also just the way in which I sing — learning how to sing at all because I just wasn't a singer before starting this project. Changes is really my first recorded attempt at singing lead vocals on anything.

What was your favorite song to play during this live session?

I still really enjoy playing "Changes" because we have this arrangement that's been kicked around live for a while, and the audience always really responds to it. "Sentimental Garbage" is another one that's really fun to play because we've added this sort of spacey droning synth section that is really fun and funny. 

We ham it up there and it's really fun to play with this band because everybody's just so together and it feels like one unit.

I've always appreciated that your music sounds a bit out of time. I'd love to hear a little bit about the sonic fabric of Neal Francis.

When I was making Changes , I was kind of like, how close can I get to this? Specifically Allen Toussaint and Leon Russell and J.J. Cale and Curtis Mayfield— these are some of my heroes; what is in their playbook for these situations? That's sort of how I arrive at new things, just really trying to go for a certain aesthetic and then inevitably ending up somewhere different.

I've got a huge range of influences that I tried to open up more to on my second record. And now the record I'm working on currently, it's just another snapshot. I think the unifying element is probably the process; we do a lot of stuff analog, recording live as a band, and I think that's perhaps increasingly rare, and it yields a certain sound that's difficult to replicate. 

I don't know if this is a musical hero of yours, but I read that you received a congratulatory text from Peter Frampton .

I guess he was tipped off by my friend Tom Cusimano. And the music industry is tiny in that regard. Tom sent Peter this Chicago Sun Times article about the Francis Comes Alive shows, and he sent his blessing. He was like, "Congratulations in advance, here's hoping it goes smoothly for you." It was so funny to get that the day we were recording. A real nice nod from him.

I have to ask you about this because it happened to me: the Neal Francis/ Neil Frances confusion. How do you feel about getting mistaken for that pop/dance duo?

It's definitely been a process. It's my actual name and not having any control over it, especially early on, it was really a challenge to let it roll off and accept it. Now we're actually acquainted with those guys and I'm going out to record something with them in early January. 

We run into them: We had consecutive sets at Outside Lands and then they were on the same flight to L.A. recently from San Fran. It's very congenial and they're really in a different space musically. So there's not really a threat; if anything, I think, it's a boon to our individual success because people will mistakenly end up at the other person's shows, but end up enjoying it because it's a quality experience. So hopefully our collaboration will yield something interesting.

Beyond that collab, you mentioned that you're working on a new album. What else is on your plate?

That's the main thing on my horizon is getting rest and then making the album. Hopefully, having that wrapped the first couple of months of the year. Then I'm not really touring very much until that record gets released. We'll be doing more of those one-offs and festivals over the summer, starting with Jazz Fest in May, and then coming back with a proper album release tour. 

[I'm also] building my own recording rig here at home so that we can record more and release more. It's two years since our last studio effort, and [I want to be] less precious about it but still having quality releases, but just maybe them being more frequent. That's just another muscle that I'm really excited to be working— just recording stuff on my own. 

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GRAMMY Rewind: Kendrick Lamar Honors Hip-Hop's Greats While Accepting Best Rap Album GRAMMY For 'To Pimp a Butterfly' In 2016

Upon winning the GRAMMY for Best Rap Album for 'To Pimp a Butterfly,' Kendrick Lamar thanked those that helped him get to the stage, and the artists that blazed the trail for him.

Updated Friday Oct. 13, 2023 to include info about Kendrick Lamar's most recent GRAMMY wins, as of the 2023 GRAMMYs.

A GRAMMY veteran these days, Kendrick Lamar has won 17 GRAMMYs and has received 47 GRAMMY nominations overall. A sizable chunk of his trophies came from the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards in 2016, when he walked away with five — including his first-ever win in the Best Rap Album category.

This installment of GRAMMY Rewind turns back the clock to 2016, revisiting Lamar's acceptance speech upon winning Best Rap Album for To Pimp A Butterfly . Though Lamar was alone on stage, he made it clear that he wouldn't be at the top of his game without the help of a broad support system. 

"First off, all glory to God, that's for sure," he said, kicking off a speech that went on to thank his parents, who he described as his "those who gave me the responsibility of knowing, of accepting the good with the bad."

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He also extended his love and gratitude to his fiancée, Whitney Alford, and shouted out his Top Dawg Entertainment labelmates. Lamar specifically praised Top Dawg's CEO, Anthony Tiffith, for finding and developing raw talent that might not otherwise get the chance to pursue their musical dreams.

"We'd never forget that: Taking these kids out of the projects, out of Compton, and putting them right here on this stage, to be the best that they can be," Lamar — a Compton native himself — continued, leading into an impassioned conclusion spotlighting some of the cornerstone rap albums that came before To Pimp a Butterfly .

"Hip-hop. Ice Cube . This is for hip-hop," he said. "This is for Snoop Dogg , Doggystyle . This is for Illmatic , this is for Nas . We will live forever. Believe that."

To Pimp a Butterfly singles "Alright" and "These Walls" earned Lamar three more GRAMMYs that night, the former winning Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and the latter taking Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (the song features Bilal , Anna Wise and Thundercat ). He also won Best Music Video for the remix of Taylor Swift 's "Bad Blood." 

Lamar has since won Best Rap Album two more times, taking home the golden gramophone in 2018 for his blockbuster LP DAMN ., and in 2023 for his bold fifth album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers .

Watch Lamar's full acceptance speech above, and check back at GRAMMY.com every Friday for more GRAMMY Rewind episodes. 

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A Guide To Modern Funk For The Dance Floor: L'Imperatrice, Shiro Schwarz, Franc Moody, Say She She & Moniquea

James Brown changed the sound of popular music when he found the power of the one and unleashed the funk with "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag." Today, funk lives on in many forms, including these exciting bands from across the world.

It's rare that a genre can be traced back to a single artist or group, but for funk, that was James Brown . The Godfather of Soul coined the phrase and style of playing known as "on the one," where the first downbeat is emphasized, instead of the typical second and fourth beats in pop, soul and other styles. As David Cheal eloquently explains, playing on the one "left space for phrases and riffs, often syncopated around the beat, creating an intricate, interlocking grid which could go on and on." You know a funky bassline when you hear it; its fat chords beg your body to get up and groove.

Brown's 1965 classic, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," became one of the first funk hits, and has been endlessly sampled and covered over the years, along with his other groovy tracks. Of course, many other funk acts followed in the '60s, and the genre thrived in the '70s and '80s as the disco craze came and went, and the originators of hip-hop and house music created new music from funk and disco's strong, flexible bones built for dancing.

Legendary funk bassist Bootsy Collins learned the power of the one from playing in Brown's band, and brought it to George Clinton , who created P-funk, an expansive, Afrofuturistic , psychedelic exploration of funk with his various bands and projects, including Parliament-Funkadelic . Both Collins and Clinton remain active and funkin', and have offered their timeless grooves to collabs with younger artists, including Kali Uchis , Silk Sonic , and Omar Apollo; and Kendrick Lamar , Flying Lotus , and Thundercat , respectively.

In the 1980s, electro-funk was born when artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Man Parrish, and Egyptian Lover began making futuristic beats with the Roland TR-808 drum machine — often with robotic vocals distorted through a talk box. A key distinguishing factor of electro-funk is a de-emphasis on vocals, with more phrases than choruses and verses. The sound influenced contemporaneous hip-hop, funk and electronica, along with acts around the globe, while current acts like Chromeo, DJ Stingray, and even Egyptian Lover himself keep electro-funk alive and well.

Today, funk lives in many places, with its heavy bass and syncopated grooves finding way into many nooks and crannies of music. There's nu-disco and boogie funk, nodding back to disco bands with soaring vocals and dance floor-designed instrumentation. G-funk continues to influence Los Angeles hip-hop, with innovative artists like Dam-Funk and Channel Tres bringing the funk and G-funk, into electro territory. Funk and disco-centered '70s revival is definitely having a moment, with acts like Ghost Funk Orchestra and Parcels , while its sparkly sprinklings can be heard in pop from Dua Lipa , Doja Cat , and, in full "Soul Train" character, Silk Sonic . There are also acts making dreamy, atmospheric music with a solid dose of funk, such as Khruangbin ’s global sonic collage.

There are many bands that play heavily with funk, creating lush grooves designed to get you moving. Read on for a taste of five current modern funk and nu-disco artists making band-led uptempo funk built for the dance floor. Be sure to press play on the Spotify playlist above, and check out GRAMMY.com's playlist on Apple Music , Amazon Music and Pandora .

Say She She

Aptly self-described as "discodelic soul," Brooklyn-based seven-piece Say She She make dreamy, operatic funk, led by singer-songwriters Nya Gazelle Brown, Piya Malik and Sabrina Mileo Cunningham. Their '70s girl group-inspired vocal harmonies echo, sooth and enchant as they cover poignant topics with feminist flair.

While they’ve been active in the New York scene for a few years, they’ve gained wider acclaim for the irresistible music they began releasing this year, including their debut album, Prism . Their 2022 debut single "Forget Me Not" is an ode to ground-breaking New York art collective Guerilla Girls, and " Norma " is their protest anthem in response to the news that Roe vs. Wade could be (and was) overturned. The band name is a nod to funk legend Nile Rodgers , from the "Le freak, c'est chi" exclamation in Chic's legendary tune "Le Freak."

Moniquea 's unique voice oozes confidence, yet invites you in to dance with her to the super funky boogie rhythms. The Pasadena, California artist was raised on funk music; her mom was in a cover band that would play classics like Aretha Franklin’ s "Get It Right" and Gladys Knight ’s "Love Overboard." Moniquea released her first boogie funk track at 20 and, in 2011, met local producer XL Middelton — a bonafide purveyor of funk. She's been a star artist on his MoFunk Records ever since, and they've collabed on countless tracks, channeling West Coast energy with a heavy dose of G-funk, sunny lyrics and upbeat, roller disco-ready rhythms.

Her latest release is an upbeat nod to classic West Coast funk, produced by Middleton, and follows her February 2022 groovy, collab-filled album, On Repeat .

Shiro Schwarz

Shiro Schwarz is a Mexico City-based duo, consisting of Pammela Rojas and Rafael Marfil, who helped establish a modern funk scene in the richly creative Mexican metropolis. On "Electrify" — originally released in 2016 on Fat Beats Records and reissued in 2021 by MoFunk — Shiro Schwarz's vocals playfully contrast each other, floating over an insistent, upbeat bassline and an '80s throwback electro-funk rhythm with synth flourishes.

Their music manages to be both nostalgic and futuristic — and impossible to sit still to. 2021 single "Be Kind" is sweet, mellow and groovy, perfect chic lounge funk. Shiro Schwarz’s latest track, the joyfully nostalgic "Hey DJ," is a collab with funkstress Saucy Lady and U-Key.

L'Impératrice

L'Impératrice (the empress in French) are a six-piece Parisian group serving an infectiously joyful blend of French pop, nu-disco, funk and psychedelia. Flore Benguigui's vocals are light and dreamy, yet commanding of your attention, while lyrics have a feminist touch.

During their energetic live sets, L'Impératrice members Charles de Boisseguin and Hagni Gwon (keys), David Gaugué (bass), Achille Trocellier (guitar), and Tom Daveau (drums) deliver extended instrumental jam sessions to expand and connect their music. Gaugué emphasizes the thick funky bass, and Benguigui jumps around the stage while sounding like an angel. L’Impératrice’s latest album, 2021’s Tako Tsubo , is a sunny, playful French disco journey.

Franc Moody

Franc Moody 's bio fittingly describes their music as "a soul funk and cosmic disco sound." The London outfit was birthed by friends Ned Franc and Jon Moody in the early 2010s, when they were living together and throwing parties in North London's warehouse scene. In 2017, the group grew to six members, including singer and multi-instrumentalist Amber-Simone.

Their music feels at home with other electro-pop bands like fellow Londoners Jungle and Aussie act Parcels. While much of it is upbeat and euphoric, Franc Moody also dips into the more chilled, dreamy realm, such as the vibey, sultry title track from their recently released Into the Ether .

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"One foot in the past and one foot into the future," Billy Idol says, describing his decade-spanning career in rock. "We’ve got the best of all possible worlds because that has been the modus operandi of Billy Idol."

Living Legends is a series that spotlights icons in music still going strong today. This week, GRAMMY.com spoke with Billy Idol about his latest EP,   Cage , and continuing to rock through decades of changing tastes.

Billy Idol is a true rock 'n' roll survivor who has persevered through cultural shifts and personal struggles. While some may think of Idol solely for "Rebel Yell" and "White Wedding," the singer's musical influences span genres and many of his tunes are less turbo-charged than his '80s hits would belie.  

Idol first made a splash in the latter half of the '70s with the British punk band Generation X. In the '80s, he went on to a solo career combining rock, pop, and punk into a distinct sound that transformed him and his musical partner, guitarist Steve Stevens, into icons. They have racked up multiple GRAMMY nominations, in addition to one gold, one double platinum, and four platinum albums thanks to hits like "Cradle Of Love," "Flesh For Fantasy," and "Eyes Without A Face." 

But, unlike many legacy artists, Idol is anything but a relic. Billy continues to produce vital Idol music by collaborating with producers and songwriters — including Miley Cyrus — who share his forward-thinking vision. He will play a five-show Vegas residency in November, and filmmaker Jonas Akerlund is working on a documentary about Idol’s life. 

His latest release is Cage , the second in a trilogy of annual four-song EPs. The title track is a classic Billy Idol banger expressing the desire to free himself from personal constraints and live a better life. Other tracks on Cage incorporate metallic riffing and funky R&B grooves. 

Idol continues to reckon with his demons — they both grappled with addiction during the '80s — and the singer is open about those struggles on the record and the page. (Idol's 2014 memoir Dancing With Myself , details a 1990 motorcycle accident that nearly claimed a leg, and how becoming a father steered him to reject hard drugs. "Bitter Taste," from his last EP, The Roadside , reflects on surviving the accident.)

Although Idol and Stevens split in the late '80s — the skilled guitarist fronted Steve Stevens & The Atomic Playboys, and collaborated with Michael Jackson, Rick Ocasek, Vince Neil, and Harold Faltermeyer (on the GRAMMY-winning "Top Gun Anthem") —  their common history and shared musical bond has been undeniable. The duo reunited in 2001 for an episode of " VH1 Storytellers " and have been back in the saddle for two decades. Their union remains one of the strongest collaborations in rock 'n roll history.

While there is recognizable personnel and a distinguishable sound throughout a lot of his work, Billy Idol has always pushed himself to try different things. Idol discusses his musical journey, his desire to constantly move forward, and the strong connection that he shares with Stevens. 

Steve has said that you like to mix up a variety of styles, yet everyone assumes you're the "Rebel Yell"/"White Wedding" guy. But if they really listen to your catalog, it's vastly different.

Yeah, that's right. With someone like Steve Stevens, and then back in the day Keith Forsey producing... [Before that] Generation X actually did move around inside punk rock. We didn't stay doing just the Ramones two-minute music. We actually did a seven-minute song. [ Laughs ]. We did always mix things up. 

Then when I got into my solo career, that was the fun of it. With someone like Steve, I knew what he could do. I could see whatever we needed to do, we could nail it. The world was my oyster musically. 

"Cage" is a classic-sounding Billy Idol rocker, then "Running From The Ghost" is almost metal, like what the Devil's Playground album was like back in the mid-2000s. "Miss Nobody" comes out of nowhere with this pop/R&B flavor. What inspired that?

We really hadn't done anything like that since something like "Flesh For Fantasy" [which] had a bit of an R&B thing about it. Back in the early days of Billy Idol, "Hot In The City" and "Mony Mony" had girls [singing] on the backgrounds. 

We always had a bit of R&B really, so it was actually fun to revisit that. We just hadn't done anything really quite like that for a long time. That was one of the reasons to work with someone like Sam Hollander [for the song "Rita Hayworth"] on The Roadside . We knew we could go [with him] into an R&B world, and he's a great songwriter and producer. That's the fun of music really, trying out these things and seeing if you can make them stick. 

I listen to new music by veteran artists and debate that with some people. I'm sure you have those fans that want their nostalgia, and then there are some people who will embrace the newer stuff. Do you find it’s a challenge to reach people with new songs?

Obviously, what we're looking for is, how do we somehow have one foot in the past and one foot into the future? We’ve got the best of all possible worlds because that has been the modus operandi of Billy Idol. 

You want to do things that are true to you, and you don't just want to try and do things that you're seeing there in the charts today. I think that we're achieving it with things like "Running From The Ghost" and "Cage" on this new EP. I think we’re managing to do both in a way. 

** Obviously, "Running From The Ghost" is about addiction, all the stuff that you went through, and in "Cage" you’re talking about  freeing yourself from a lot of personal shackles. Was there any one moment in your life that made you really thought I have to not let this weigh me down anymore ? **

I mean, things like the motorcycle accident I had, that was a bit of a wake up call way back. It was 32 years ago. But there were things like that, years ago, that gradually made me think about what I was doing with my life. I didn't want to ruin it, really. I didn't want to throw it away, and it made [me] be less cavalier. 

I had to say to myself, about the drugs and stuff, that I've been there and I've done it. There’s no point in carrying on doing it. You couldn't get any higher. You didn't want to throw your life away casually, and I was close to doing that. It took me a bit of time, but then gradually I was able to get control of myself to a certain extent [with] drugs and everything. And I think Steve's done the same thing. We're on a similar path really, which has been great because we're in the same boat in terms of lyrics and stuff. 

So a lot of things like that were wake up calls. Even having grandchildren and just watching my daughter enlarging her family and everything; it just makes you really positive about things and want to show a positive side to how you're feeling, about where you're going. We've lived with the demons so long, we've found a way to live with them. We found a way to be at peace with our demons, in a way. Maybe not completely, but certainly to where we’re enjoying what we do and excited about it.

[When writing] "Running From The Ghost" it was easy to go, what was the ghost for us? At one point, we were very drug addicted in the '80s. And Steve in particular is super sober [now]. I mean, I still vape pot and stuff. I don’t know how he’s doing it, but it’s incredible. All I want to be able to do is have a couple of glasses of wine at a restaurant or something. I can do that now.

I think working with people that are super talented, you just feel confident. That is a big reason why you open up and express yourself more because you feel comfortable with what's around you.

Did you watch Danny Boyle's recent Sex Pistols mini-series?

I did, yes.

You had a couple of cameos; well, an actor who portrayed you did. How did you react to it? How accurate do you think it was in portraying that particular time period?

I love Jonesy’s book, I thought his book was incredible. It's probably one of the best bio books really. It was incredible and so open. I was looking forward to that a lot.

It was as if [the show] kind of stayed with Steve [Jones’ memoir] about halfway through, and then departed from it. [John] Lydon, for instance, was never someone I ever saw acting out; he's more like that today. I never saw him do something like jump up in the room and run around going crazy. The only time I saw him ever do that was when they signed the recording deal with Virgin in front of Buckingham Palace. Whereas Sid Vicious was always acting out; he was always doing something in a horrible way or shouting at someone. I don't remember John being like that. I remember him being much more introverted.

But then I watched interviews with some of the actors about coming to grips with the parts they were playing. And they were saying, we knew punk rock happened but just didn't know any of the details. So I thought well, there you go . If ["Pistol" is]  informing a lot of people who wouldn't know anything about punk rock, maybe that's what's good about it.

Maybe down the road John Lydon will get the chance to do John's version of the Pistols story. Maybe someone will go a lot deeper into it and it won't be so surface. But maybe you needed this just to get people back in the flow.

We had punk and metal over here in the States, but it feels like England it was legitimately more dangerous. British society was much more rigid.

It never went [as] mega in America. It went big in England. It exploded when the Pistols did that interview with [TV host Bill] Grundy, that lorry truck driver put his boot through his own TV, and all the national papers had "the filth and the fury" [headlines].

We went from being unknown to being known overnight. We waited a year, Generation X. We even told them [record labels] no for nine months to a year. Every record company wanted their own punk rock group. So it went really mega in England, and it affected the whole country – the style, the fashions, everything. I mean, the Ramones were massive in England. Devo had a No. 1 song [in England] with "Satisfaction" in '77. Actually, Devo was as big as or bigger than the Pistols.

You were ahead of the pop-punk thing that happened in the late '90s, and a lot of it became tongue-in-cheek by then. It didn't have the same sense of rebelliousness as the original movement. It was more pop.

It had become a style. There was a famous book in England called Revolt Into Style — and that's what had happened, a revolt that turned into style which then they were able to duplicate in their own way. Even recently, Billie Joe [Armstrong] did his own version of "Gimme Some Truth," the Lennon song we covered way back in 1977.

When we initially were making [punk] music, it hadn't become accepted yet. It was still dangerous and turned into a style that people were used to. We were still breaking barriers.

You have a band called Generation Sex with Steve Jones and Paul Cook. I assume you all have an easier time playing Pistols and Gen X songs together now and not worrying about getting spit on like back in the '70s?

Yeah, definitely. When I got to America I told the group I was putting it together, "No one spits at the audience."

We had five years of being spat on [in the UK], and it was revolting. And they spat at you if they liked you. If they didn't like it they smashed your gear up. One night, I remember I saw blood on my T-shirt, and I think Joe Strummer got meningitis when spit went in his mouth.

You had to go through a lot to become successful, it wasn't like you just kind of got up there and did a couple of gigs. I don't think some young rock bands really get that today.

With punk going so mega in England, we definitely got a leg up. We still had a lot of work to get where we got to, and rightly so because you find out that you need to do that. A lot of groups in the old days would be together three to five years before they ever made a record, and that time is really important. In a way, what was great about punk rock for me was it was very much a learning period. I really learned a lot [about] recording music and being in a group and even writing songs.

Then when I came to America, it was a flow, really. I also really started to know what I wanted Billy Idol to be. It took me a little bit, but I kind of knew what I wanted Billy Idol to be. And even that took a while to let it marinate.

You and Miley Cyrus have developed a good working relationship in the last several years. How do you think her fans have responded to you, and your fans have responded to her?

I think they're into it. It's more the record company that she had didn't really get "Night Crawling"— it was one of the best songs on Plastic Hearts , and I don't think they understood that. They wanted to go with Dua Lipa, they wanted to go with the modern, young acts, and I don't think they realized that that song was resonating with her fans. Which is a shame really because, with Andrew Watt producing, it's a hit song.

But at the same time, I enjoyed doing it. It came out really good and it's very Billy Idol. In fact, I think it’s more Billy Idol than Miley Cyrus. I think it shows you where Andrew Watt was. He was excited about doing a Billy Idol track. She's fun to work with. She’s a really great person and she works at her singing — I watched her rehearsing for the Super Bowl performance she gave. She rehearsed all Saturday morning, all Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning and it was that afternoon. I have to admire her fortitude. She really cares.

I remember when you went on " Viva La Bam "  back in 2005 and decided to give Bam Margera’s Lamborghini a new sunroof by taking a power saw to it. Did he own that car? Was that a rental?

I think it was his car.

Did he get over it later on?

He loved it. [ Laughs ] He’s got a wacky sense of humor. He’s fantastic, actually. I’m really sorry to see what he's been going through just lately. He's going through a lot, and I wish him the best. He's a fantastic person, and it's a shame that he's struggling so much with his addictions. I know what it's like. It's not easy.

Musically, what is the synergy like with you guys during the past 10 years, doing Kings and Queens of the Underground and this new stuff? What is your working relationship like now in this more sober, older, mature version of you two as opposed to what it was like back in the '80s?

In lots of ways it’s not so different because we always wrote the songs together, we always talked about what we're going to do together. It was just that we were getting high at the same time.We're just not getting [that way now] but we're doing all the same things.

We're still talking about things, still [planning] things:What are we going to do next? How are we going to find new people to work with? We want to find new producers. Let's be a little bit more timely about putting stuff out.That part of our relationship is the same, you know what I mean? That never got affected. We just happened to be overloading in the '80s.

The relationship’s… matured and it's carrying on being fruitful, and I think that's pretty amazing. Really, most people don't get to this place. Usually, they hate each other by now. [ Laughs ] We also give each other space. We're not stopping each other doing things outside of what we’re working on together. All of that enables us to carry on working together. I love and admire him. I respect him. He's been fantastic. I mean, just standing there on stage with him is always a treat. And he’s got an immensely great sense of humor. I think that's another reason why we can hang together after all this time because we've got the sense of humor to enable us to go forward.

There's a lot of fan reaction videos online, and I noticed a lot of younger women like "Rebel Yell" because, unlike a lot of other '80s alpha male rock tunes, you're talking about satisfying your lover.

It was about my girlfriend at the time, Perri Lister. It was about how great I thought she was, how much I was in love with her, and how great women are, how powerful they are.

It was a bit of a feminist anthem in a weird way. It was all about how relationships can free you and add a lot to your life. It was a cry of love, nothing to do with the Civil War or anything like that. Perri was a big part of my life, a big part of being Billy Idol. I wanted to write about it. I'm glad that's the effect.

Is there something you hope people get out of the songs you've been doing over the last 10 years? Do you find yourself putting out a message that keeps repeating?

Well, I suppose, if anything, is that you can come to terms with your life, you can keep a hold of it. You can work your dreams into reality in a way and, look, a million years later, still be enjoying it.

The only reason I'm singing about getting out of the cage is because I kicked out of the cage years ago. I joined Generation X when I said to my parents, "I'm leaving university, and I'm joining a punk rock group." And they didn't even know what a punk rock group was. Years ago, I’d write things for myself that put me on this path, so that maybe in 2022 I could sing something like "Cage" and be owning this territory and really having a good time. This is the life I wanted.

The original UK punk movement challenged societal norms. Despite all the craziness going on throughout the world, it seems like a lot of modern rock bands are afraid to do what you guys were doing. Do you think we'll see a shift in that?

Yeah.  Art usually reacts to things, so I would think eventually there will be a massive reaction to the pop music that’s taken over — the middle of the road music, and then this kind of right wing politics. There will be a massive reaction if there's not already one. I don’t know where it will come from exactly. You never know who's gonna do [it].

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Peter Frampton Extends 2023 “Never Say Never Tour”

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Peter Frampton has announced a new run of November dates on his “Never Say Never Tour” after coming out of retirement earlier this year.

The latest slate of shows kicks off on November 9th in Louisville, Kentucky, and will feature stops in Austin, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Birmingham, Alabama before wrapping in Nashville on November 22nd. See the full itinerary below.

A Live Nation pre-sale will begin on Thursday, August 31st (use access code TRACK ) ahead of the general on-sale slated for Friday, September 1st via Ticketmaster .

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“I wanted to thank all who came to the ‘Never Say Never’ tour this summer,” Frampton said in a statement. “I can’t thank you enough for your love and encouragement at every show! *Breaking news* I am going to be continuing the tour in November. I’m just a glutton for enjoyment and hope you can come see us.”

In 2019, Frampton revealed he was diagnosed with a degenerative muscle disease called inclusion body myositis (IBM) after mapping out an extensive farewell tour . However, he was able to return to the road for a string of summer concerts , and now, fans will have even more opportunities to catch him live.

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Peter Frampton 2023 Tour Dates: 11/09 — Louisville, KY @ The Louisville Palace 11/11 — Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock 11/13 — Austin, TX @ ACL Live, Moody Theater 11/15 — Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre 11/17 — Thackerville, OK @ Lucas Oil Live 11/18 — Tulsa, OK @ River Spirit Casino 11/20 — Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Concert Hall 11/22 — Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

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Peter Frampton has announced his return to the road for the Never Say Never Tour , which will kick off in June and sees the Grammy-winning guitarist, frontman, and songwriter on an extensive US itinerary into August.

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Last year, Frampton headed out on the Peter Frampton Finale – The Farewell Tour , so called as he was expecting it to be his last such outing due to his diagnosis with the degenerative muscle disease Inclusion-Body Myositus (IBM). But he has been pleasantly surprised to find that he still feels able to schedule a new tour.

“At the end of every Finale Tour show I did say, ‘Never Say Never’ and I am always full of hope for the impossible,” he says. “I’m very pleased to let you know that I am feeling strong and my fingers are still roaming the fretboard. Every note I play now has more meaning and soul. I love playing live and this fighter wants to stay in the ring for as long as he can. I’m so happy to be able to see you all one more time this summer. Much love, Peter.”

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Tickets for the schedule will be available from Friday (14) at peterframpton.com . The official card of the Peter Frampton: Never Say Never Tour is Citi, whose members will have access to presale tickets in select markets beginning tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10am local time until April 13 at 10pm local time, via the Citi Entertainment program. More information is at citientertainment.com .

Last year’s tour by the 2014 inductee into the Musicians Hall of Fame included a sellout show back in his home city, at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Reviewing the show for Louder Than War , Simon Reed wrote: “Frampton plays a thirteen song setlist, plus the three encores. On paper, that might have seemed a little light, but with his easy conversation and these truly spectacular extended instrumental sections in some of the tunes it comes in at just under two and a half hours of inspirational music. They finish with ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps.’ It’s a fitting end to our time with one of the UK’s most iconic players.”

Frampton’s closing comments to that London audience chime happily with the new tour announcement. “Never say never,” he said. “I’m going to keep on fighting. Thank you very much everybody. This is a dream come true for me.”

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The full itinerary for the Never Say Never Tour is:

June 21—Rose Music Center at The Heights—Huber Heights, OH June 22—PNC Pavilion at Riverbend—Cincinnati, OH June 24—Red Hat Amphitheater—Raleigh, NC June 25—Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre—Charlotte, NC June 27—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre—Alpharetta, GA June 28—The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre—St. Augustine, FL June 30—Hard Rock Live Orlando—Orlando, FL July 2—The Sound at Coachman Park—Clearwater, FL July 3—Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hard Rock Live—Hollywood, FL July 13—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion—Gilford, NH July 15—Wind Creek Event Center—Bethlehem, PA July 16—Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena—Atlantic City, NJ July 18—MGM Music Hall at Fenway—Boston, MA July 20—The Theater at MGM National Harbor—Oxon Hill, MD July 22—Foxwoods Resort Casino, Premier Theater—Mashantucket, CT July 23—The Capitol Theatre—Port Chester, NY July 25—The Capitol Theatre—Port Chester, NY July 26—The Paramount—Huntington, NY July 28—Turning Stone Resort Casino, Event Center—Verona, NY July 29—Fallsview Casino Resort—Niagara Falls, ON August 10—Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn—Troutdale, OR August 12—Thunder Valley Casino—Lincoln, CA August 13—Yaamava Theater—Highland, CA August 15—The Masonic—San Francisco, CA August 18—The Pearl—Las Vegas, NV August 19—Sandy Amphitheater—Sandy, UT

April 19, 2023 at 12:05 am

So another artist cons us out of bucks as they pretend to do a “final tour”, only to come back. Cher, Tina Turner, Frampton…they all owe fans from that fake-last-tour refunds with interest. I assume now that frampton’s going to be setting down, which means Phil Collins has a special place in hell coming for setting that precedent. Proof that it really is better to burn out than fade away, folks.

April 19, 2023 at 3:41 am

It might have been nice to schedule some concerts in the central U.S. as well…Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, etc…

Madonna Meier

April 19, 2023 at 3:34 pm

Why is there no concert in St Louis, Mo?

April 19, 2023 at 9:07 pm

He needs to come to the midwest

April 20, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Schedule more dates near Detroit/Toledo please. Something family came up your last time around and I gave your tickets away. Thank you for unretiring.

John Carpenter

January 6, 2024 at 10:15 pm

Phoenix or Tucson please!!

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Peter Frampton (born April 22, 1950) is an English-American rock singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, hailing from Bromley, South London, UK.

After developing an interest in music at an early age, Frampton started taking classical music lessons aged just eight. With early influences including Cliff Richard, Buddy Holly and Jimi Hendrix, the singer-songwriter played in a number of bands in his teens including The Little Ravens, The Trubeats and The Preachers – the latter of which was produced and managed by Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones. After subsequent bands The Herd, The Small Faces and Humble Pie, Frampton went solo in 1971 and released his debut “Winds of Change” in 1972.

Frampton subsequently released the albums “Frampton’s Camel” in 1973 and “Somethin’s Happening” in 1974, during which period the musician developed a devoted following aided by his elaborate and extensive tours. The singer’s breakthrough came with the 1976 live album release “Frampton Comes Alive!”, which showcased a whole catalogue of Frampton’s under-exposed songs, catapulting the energetic singer to superstardom. The double LP shot to the top of the charts and sold over 16 million copies worldwide, becoming the most popular live album ever to be released at that time. Spawning the hits “Baby, I Love Your Way”, “Do You Feel Like We Do” and “Show Me The Way”, the album also led to a multi-million dollar blockbuster tour, up there with the likes of Kiss and Cheap Trick.

Under pressure from his label A&M, Frampton released the rushed album “I’m in You” in 1977. The album performed well in the charts reaching No. 2 and the title track resulted in Frampton’s biggest hit of his career. After his high-profile acting debut in the flop of a film “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, a serious car accident in the Bahamas, the breakdown of his marriage and a slide into drug abuse, Frampton subsequent album “Where I Should Be” (1979) failed to maintain his previous successes.

“Breaking All the Rules” was released in 1981 and marked a haircut for the singer-songwriter, followed the year after with “The Art of Control”. After a period of lying low, Frampton returned with the 1986 album “Premonition” and an appearance on his school friend David Bowie’s album “Never Let Me Down”. Frampton subsequently released “When All the Pieces Fit” in 1989, a self-titled album in 1994, “Frampton Comes Alive II” in 1995, “Now” in 2004, “Fingerprints” in 2006, and his 14th studio album “Thank You Mr. Churchill” in 2010.

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First of all--I have been a fan of Peter Frampton since probably 1974, not so much his own earlier 'solo'/Camel albums, though I truly enjoyed his stint in Humble Pie. I have seen him live in concert before but it's been 16 years since the last time, though I have many albums over the years and have several he's done in recent years and also enjoy them all. I think Frampton is a major talent and his show and playing and song choice and guest artists and band were all terrific, given the limited time permitted for each--including Buddy Guy, David Hidalgo, Robert Randolph, & Randy Bachman--to play with him, possibly without even any, or much, rehearsal. The guy IS great, played the legendary black triple-pickup Les Paul that turned up missing, presumably lost in a plane crash en route to Venezuela in 1980, which he recovered only a year or two ago, although he only played it on 2 or 3 songs. BUT...one of those few songs is, and was, my 'favorite' BY him--" Lines On My Face", which was also on his 'Frampton Comes Alive' album in 1976. What more Could I desire?? a longer show, more songs, more time with the artists present,especially Robert Randolph & Buddy Guy. Nonetheless, it WAS a great show

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Peter Frampton is an iconic name on the blues and rock circuit in both the UK and the US and it is due to this huge legacy that he is still touring at the grand age of 64. Having enjoyed success with his previous bands Humble Pie and The Herd as well as having an impressive solo career of his own, his set lists are now a combination of his best work as well as covers by some of his celebrated collaborators.

Having had the opportunity to work with the likes of David Bowie and Matt Cameron, Frampton has some incredible stories that he is more than happy to share with the doting crowds. He speaks with such fondness about his past and the fans are transfixed listening to his interesting and varied career before he begins poignant renditions of 'Lines on My Face' and 'Show Me The Way'.

He really showcases his expert guitar playing ability during the whole show, perhaps best demonstrated during a cover of 'Black Hole Sun' by Soundgarden as the audience cheer him on. By the final blistering notes of the guitar ring out around the venue, it is clear that Peter will still be touring in ten years due to the passion he has for music.

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What a great show. To say the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater was rocking last night would be an understatement. Two bands that have been around since before most of the audience was born had the young and the old (like me) on their feet from start to finish. Frampton is better than ever. His guitar work, like a fine wine, has only improved with age. The Doobie Brothers, well what can I say, they are still at the top of their game and rocking like a long train running. Both bands played a lot of old favorites mixed with new music that I expect to become old favorites in the future. The sound was balanced, the music was tight and flowed like a cool breeze through the warm July night. The crowd was really into both bands from the first Frampton tune until the last one of the Doobie's third encore. My favorite part was when Frampton came back out and joined the Doobies for a ten minute jam secession, something you can only see at a live show. Man, did they lay it down. Four guitar players and a sax player tearing it up. It just don't get any better but if it does I want to be there.

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Hi Everyone, I planned a surprise retirement party for my husband and purchased an entire row for my husband and his former co-workers/friends. Unfortunately, this was a Guys Only Party so I was unable to attend. They all told me Peter Frampton was absolutely AWESOME! He is an awesome singer/songwriter and everyone loves his live concerts. They also told me the sound quality was excellent so it appears he makes sure his audience will not be disappointed. As to history, the first time I heard Peter Frampton was in the 1970's after me and my husband got married in Elkton, Maryland. You could say that was where our reception was as our friends met us there for a rocking time with Peter Frampton, Gary Wright and Yes (120,000 people were at that event in Philadelphia, PA.) I am disabled now but I really hope to catch him next year on tour and am saving up for it. If you're having the blues, go to his concert, you will have a wonderful time and his music will lift your blues away! I will definitely use Songkick to track his upcoming shows so I can go the next time he is in my area!

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I’ve seen hundreds of concerts by many great artists, both well-known and lesser-known. I’ve seen Peter Frampton 3 or 4 times and his performance is always top-notch.

Undiminished by his advancing age, his performance in 2019 was every bit as energetic, well-performed, enthusiastic, and downright fun as when I first saw him in concert over 25 years ago.

While many artists put on a good show, with good performances, few (if any) exude the pure joy of performing as Frampton, even during songs he’s played 1000s of times during his nearly 50 year professional career.

While I’m selfishly very sad that he’s retiring (largely due to illness) at the end of this tour, I’ll always treasure the memories of fantastic shows by a incredible guitarist, songwriter, singer, and performer. Thank you, Mr Frampton, and enjoy your well-earned retirement!

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Thoroughly enjoyed the concert last night. I have seen Peter on two other occasions and have never been disappointed. This concert was somewhat emotional since it was part of his final tour. As usual every song was played to the max with plenty of guitar and band interplay. I had even requested I Don't Need No Doctor on Peter's Facebook page as one of their closing numbers and it was the second of three in their encore. It must have really been a nearly sold out crowd and everyone was into the music with several standing ovations.

If anyone is undecided as to attending any of the remaining concerts on the tour, I would say "get the tickets". You will not be disappointed.

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Always loved Peter Frampton since the start of his career!!!! Great performer, knows how to connect and involve the audience with his shows. He gives it all. He has a friendly smile gets the audience to sing and plays for hours!!!!! No doubt the best concerts are his. I have been to numerous but he is number one in so many ways. So sorry he has this terrible disease He should be having the chance for everyone to see him perform again and again!!!! He is a great person as well as performer. No on does it better!!!! Just my opinion!!!!

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the opener led zeppelin evening were wonderful and set the mood. stairway to heaven was fantastic.

peter Frampton came on with pictures of his previous life on the large screen. he is a real show man, got the sold out audience evolved and just loves being on stage. his music was fantastic using many different styles and speeds and showing the full extent of his musical ability.

his band is terrific.

it was a wonderful evening and very bittersweet that we may never see him again. peter please play Boston again. we love you.

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I have had the privilege of seeing Peter Frampton three times. I wish it was thirty-three!

Frampton Comes Alive was a very precious album to me growing up. But I never was able to see him in concert until the last few years. Totally worth the wait!

His shows are peppered with wit and stories and a voice that still gives me goosebumps. That guitar, I hate just to call it playing, he is more of a virtuoso! His band is also phenomenal!

It was HOT out but Framptons playing was hotter!

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Great time! Enjoyed seeing Peter’s son, Julian and Julian Frampton’s Band. We also had an opportunity to meet Julian and the band members after the show. The Led Zeppelin cover band was truly OUTSTANDING! We would love to see them again as the headliner! Peter was wonderful. It did have s lull in his performance as he did at least three blues songs that we weren’t familiar with. But otherwise I am so glad we saw his final tour. Another check off my bucket list!!!

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Peter Frampton Announces ‘Never Say Never’ US Tour

Peter Frampton has announced a new U.S. tour titled Never Say Never.

The trek will begin on June 21 in Huber Heights, Ohio, and run until Aug. 19 in Sandy, Utah. A complete list of tour dates is available below.

Frampton, who revealed a diagnosis of inclusion-body myositis in early 2019, embarked on a Finale Tour later that year. In the fall of 2022, he performed a series of shows in Europe and the U.K., including a sold-out performance at London's Royal Albert Hall. In January, he performed at the Tucker Theater at Middle Tennessee State University in Nashville. He now says he's feeling well enough to hit the road once more.

“At the end of every Finale Tour show I did say, 'Never Say Never' and I am always full of hope for the impossible," Frampton said in a press release. "I'm very pleased to let you know that I am feeling strong and my fingers are still roaming the fretboard. Every note I play now has more meaning and soul. I love playing live and this fighter wants to stay in the ring for as long as he can. I'm so happy to be able to see you all one more time this summer. Much love, Peter."

Tickets for the upcoming concerts will be available beginning April 14.

Peter Frampton, Never Say Never Tour 2023 June 21 - Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center at The Heights June 22 - Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend June 24 - Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater June 25 - Charlotte, NC @ Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre June 27 - Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre June 28 - St. Augustine, FL @ The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre June 30 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live Orlando July 2 - Clearwater, FL @ The Sound at Coachman Park July 3 - Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hard Rock Live July 13 - Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion July 15 - Bethlehem, PA @ Wind Creek Event Center July 16 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena July 18 - Boston, MA @ MGM Music Hall at Fenway July 20 - Oxon Hill, MD @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor July 22 - Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino, Premier Theater July 23 - Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre July 25 - Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre July 26 - Huntington, NY @ The Paramount July 28 - Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort Casino, Event Center July 29 - Niagara Falls, ON @ Fallsview Casino Resort Aug. 10 - Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn Aug.12 - Lincoln, CA @ Thunder Valley Casino Aug. 13 - Highland, CA @ Yaamava’ Theater Aug. 15 - San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic Aug. 18 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl Aug. 19 - Sandy, UT @ Sandy Amphitheater

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Peter Frampton has announced 2024 dates for his surprising return to touring with his newly renamed “Never Ever Say Never” tour. The 18 U.S. concerts, announced today (December 1, 2023), take place in March and April. A pre-sale begins Dec. 4; tickets for the general public will be available Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. local time here  and here .

The 2024 tour follows a series of shows that Frampton performed over the summer and again in November. When he announced the latter, he wrote, “I can’t thank you enough for your love and encouragement at every show! I’m just a glutton for enjoyment and hope you can come see us!”

In 2019, after the Grammy Award-winning guitarist revealed that he had a rare and incurable muscular disease that causes the muscles to weaken slowly, he played what he described as a farewell tour of the U.S. It was thought at the time that that was, indeed, the end of his touring days. Best Classic Bands even wrote a recap of the final show , headlined, “Thank You, Peter Frampton.” Later that year, he announced a short, European farewell edition for 2020. The tour was delayed due to the pandemic, but ultimately took place in 2022.

“At the end of every Finale Tour show I did say, ‘Never Say Never’ and I am always full of hope for the impossible,” said Frampton in his April 2023 comeback announcement. “I’m very pleased to let you know that I am feeling strong and my fingers are still roaming the fretboard. Every note I play now has more meaning and soul. I love playing live and this fighter wants to stay in the ring for as long as he can. I’m so happy to be able to see you all one more time this summer.”

Watch him perform “Baby, I Love Your Way” from his Royal Albert Hall album

The classic rock legend, who turned 73 on April 22, won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album for Fingerprints in 2007. In 2020 Frampton was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and published his autobiography, Do You Feel Like I Do?: A Memoir . In November 2022, Frampton performed a sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall that was recorded and released in 2023. After 47 years, Frampton Comes Alive! remains one of the top-selling live records of all time selling over 17 million worldwide. Despite his many accomplishments, including his years with Humble Pie, Frampton continues to be overlooked by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s induction committee.

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Vegas, but no Phoenix? We have a/c here, too! Don’t let that 110 heat throw you off. It’s probably good for your circulation, Peter. Celebrity Theater. Danny Zelisko.

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Hey Peter! We have two great venues for you in the Quad Cities – Vibrant Arena in Moline, Illinois (large) and The Adler Theater in Davenport, Iowa (smaller and more intimate). We’d love to see you here!!! ❤️

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The Rock’n Roll HOF is such a pathetic joke. Abba, Madonna, Grandmaster Flash, NWA, and Jay Z are in, but a true rocker and master musician like Peter Frampton isn’t? Seriously? What a travesty that operation is.

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Peter Frampton will perform his final farewell tour shows seated due to his health

“My legs are not good. I can’t stand. That would be dangerous for me now, because I get so carried away when I’m playing that I’m liable to fall over,” the guitar legend said

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Peter Frampton has revealed he will perform the rest of his farewell tour seated as a result of his ongoing health issues.

While in conversation with Classic Rock , the electric guitar hero discussed how his playing and performances have been affected by his battle with inclusion body myositis (IBM) – a progressive degenerative disease that weakens the legs, arms, wrists and fingers.

According to Frampton, the disease has worsened in recent times, and has particularly affected his ability to stand on stage with a guitar.

As such, he has elected to perform the final European dates of his farewell tour sat down, as he says it is too “dangerous” for him to stand with a guitar for long periods of time.

“Well… my legs are not good, and I’ve decided I am going to sit down on these upcoming tour dates in Europe,” Frampton replied when asked about his IBM. “I can’t stand. That would be dangerous for me now, because I get so carried away when I’m playing that I’m liable to fall over [laughs].” 

Of how the disease is affecting his ability to actually play the guitar, Frampton continued, “It’s starting to affect my hands, but not enough yet, so I can still play a good lick. But I’ll be honest, I’m anxious about it. I haven’t played over there in so long, and I have progressed in my disease.”

The move from standing to seated has already taken place, with Frampton going on to reveal he recently performed sat down “for the first time ever on stage” during Buddy Holly’s 85th Birthday Celebration event.

“Well, I sat down for the first time ever on stage,” he continued. “And… it felt very comfortable [laughs]. Better than leaning on a piano. It was me, Steve Cropper, Albert Lee, Duane Eddy, a few others.”

Frampton was first diagnosed with IBM in 2017 after falling twice on stage, and later revealed his condition in 2019 when he announced he would be embarking on a farewell tour that year.

The tour was halted halfway through due to the pandemic, though is scheduled to continue this November for a string of European dates – a run of shows that will mark Frampton’s last-ever live performances.

The American-Canadian portion of the farewell tour was the most moving tour I’ve ever done

“The American-Canadian portion was the most moving tour I’ve ever done,” Frampton reflected. “It’s very emotional for me saying goodbye to anybody, let alone ten thousand people a night.

“I’m a live performer above all, so that’s the most moving thing for me. I don’t know what to expect in the UK and the EU, but I’m hoping it’s going to be along the same lines, because we had a blast.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the guitarist also revealed he is currently in the process of putting together a documentary that will chart his prolific career.

“We are in the process of making a documentary,” he revealed. “Covid messed with us, obviously. We stopped, and now we’re waiting for the final funding to be able to continue. There was a rush on music documentaries and it kind of slowed down. 

“I haven’t been approached to do a biopic. I think it’s a story that’s been told before. But I might be wrong. If they ever do, I hope that Cameron [Crowe] would direct it. He knows me so well.”

Frampton’s farewell tour will pick up on November 5 at Stoke-on-Trent, England, and will conclude on November 16 at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle in Dusseldorf, Germany. He is also slated for an appearance at Joe Satriani’s G4 V6.0 next January.

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Peter announces Never EVER Say Never Tour for Spring 2024!

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I am delighted to let you know I’m planning more shows in March and April for the new Never EVER Say Never Tour! I don’t want to give up my passion and will play as long as I physically can. Hope to see you in 2024!

Pre-Sale & VIP tickets go on sale Monday, December 4 (10AM Local) – Thursday, December 7 (10PM Local). Public on sale starts on Friday, December 8 (10AM Local)

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Peter Frampton at Royal Albert Hall will be released September 1st on CD and digital. The live record features highlights from his 2022 sold out show in London at the legendary venue. Available in Peter’s webstore on cd or here

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Peter is the only artist to appear on 2 songs on Dolly’s new Rockstar album! It’s out on Nov 17th. But, you can pre-order it HERE

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Peter’s Royal Albert Hall show is currently on PBS as part of their pledge drive. Check your local listings to find it! It’s also streaming on PBS Passport

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On April 22, 1950 Peter Kenneth Frampton was born to Owen and Peggy Frampton in Beckenham, Kent, UK

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At the age of 10, Peter played in a band called The Little Ravens. He and David Bowie both went to Bromley Technical School and would spend lunch breaks together, playing Buddy Holly songs. The Little Ravens and Bowie's band, George and the Dragons, played shows together. When he was 11 years old, he played in the Trubeats before joining The Preachers, a band that Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman produced and managed.

Peter became a successful child guitarist, and in 1966 he became a member of The Herd, landing three British Top 10 hits. He was also named The Face of 1968 by Rave, a teen magazine.

In 1969, when Peter was 18 years old in 1969, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie with Steve Marriott.

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Peter met Pete Drake in 1970, on George Harrison’s session for his All Things Must Pass album.  Pete introduced Peter to the "talk box" which would become one of Frampton's trademark guitar effects. In 1972, Peter's solo career debut Wind of Change was released, with guest artists Billy Preston and Ringo Starr.

Peter released a whopping 6 albums in this decade: Frampton's Camel was released in 1973 and Somethin's Happening was released in 1974. In 1975, Frampton was released and rose to #32 in the US charts, and was certified Gold by the RIAA. In 1976, Frampton Comes Alive! was released and became a best-selling live album with hit singles "Baby, I Love Your Way," "Show Me the Way," and "Do You Feel Like We Do". In 1977, I'm In You was released and went platinum

In 1978, Peter starred in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with The Bee Gees, Aerosmith, Billy Preston, George Burns and others. Later that year, Peter was in a near-fatal car accident in the Bahamas.

Peter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979 and that same year, Where I Should Be was released.

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Rise Up was released in 1980. The same year, Peter's black Les Paul Custom, "Phenix", was lost in a plane crash. In 1981, Breaking All the Rules was released and was recorded almost completely live. 1982 brought the release of The Art of Control. In 1986, Premonition was released with the hit single, "Lying". Frampton played on David Bowie's album Never Let Me Down in 1987 and joined Bowie on his Glass Spider tour.

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In 1994, the Peter Frampton album was released. Frampton Comes Alive! II was recorded on June 15, 1995 at The Fillmore Theater in San Francisco. In 1996, Peter appeared as himself on the hit tv show The Simpsons headlining Homerpalooza.

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In 2000, Peter was the technical advisor for Cameron Crowe’s Oscar winning movie, Almost Famous. Peter wrote a lot of the music on the soundtrack and appeared in the film as Humble Pie’s road manager. The album Now was released in 2003 and Frampton embarked on a tour with Styx. In 2006, Peter released the album Fingerprints. And in 2007, the album won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Peter was immortalized as himself on The Family Guy in 2009.

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Thank You Mr Churchill was released in 2010 and was Peter's 14th studio album. The album included a song written with his son, Julian Frampton. Peter went on a North American tour with the band Yes. 2011 marked the 35th anniversary of Frampton Comes Alive! and Peter embarked on a 69 date tour playing the songs exactly as they were recorded on the album. In 2012, Peter received ASCAP’s Global Impact Award. In 2013, Frampton's Guitar Circus went on tour featuring guest performers B.B. King, Robert Cray, Don Felder, Rick Derringer, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Steve Lukather, Sonny Landreth, Davy Knowles, David Hidalgo, Mike McCready, Roger McGuinn and Vinnie Moore. Frampton was one of several musicians to participate in 2014's The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles tribute to the Beatles on the 50th anniversary of their first appearance on American television. Hummingbird in a Box was released in 2014 and Peter performed a few shows live onstage with the Cincinnati Ballet. Acoustic Classics was released in 2015, featuring many of his hits. In 2016, Frampton was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. Peter toured with the Steve Miller Band in 2017 and 2018 and was given the Les Paul Innovation Award at NAMM in 2018 as well.

On February 22, 2019 Frampton announced his retirement from rigorous touring with his 'Peter Frampton Finale—The Farewell Tour' after disclosing his diagnosis of inclusion body myositis (IBM), a progressive muscle disorder. That same year, Peter was honored at The Music Business Association Awards & Hall Of Fame Dinner with the Chairman’s Award For Sustained Creative Achievement. Also in 2019, All Blues was released and debuted at number one and stayed there for 15 weeks on the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart.

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In 2020 Frampton published his memoir, Do You Feel Like I Do?, co-written with Alan Light that debuted on the New York Times Best Seller List. Also, in 2020, Frampton Comes Alive! was inducted in to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Frampton Forgets the Words album released in 2021.

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Peter Frampton at 73: ‘Never say never’ attitude, dazzling guitar work launch U.S. tour

  • by John Sinkevics
  • June 20, 2023

The once curly-haired, golden boy of rock ’n’ roll returned to Meijer Gardens for a sold-out, tour-starting show Monday – nearly five decades after his first West Michigan appearance.

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The Fire is Still There: Peter Frampton rocked Meijer Gardens on Monday. (Photo/Joshua Tufts)

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Just a year before recording the album that would become one of the best-selling live collections of all time – turning Peter Frampton into an international superstar – the British guitarist uncorked many of the same iconic songs for a robust crowd at the domed Grand Valley State Colleges fieldhouse in Allendale.

The handsome, golden-haired 24-year-old guitarist – following opening sets by Spooky Tooth and Montrose during the June 22, 1974, tour stop – delivered audience-pleasing renditions of “All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side)” and “Do You Feel Like We Do,” even completing a searing guitar solo without a hiccup even though he broke a string midway through.

It was proof of the engaging, ultra-gifted musician and singer’s rock savvy and future as a guitar hero, after paying his dues with Humble Pie.

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The poster for Peter Frampton’s 1974 tour stop.

Fast forward (almost) exactly 49 years to Monday night at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, when the now 73-year-old guitarist returned to the outdoor amphitheater and, yes, revisited many of the tracks from “Frampton Comes Alive” that made him globally famous and cemented his status as a rock legend.

And despite an ongoing battle with the degenerative Inclusion Body Myositis that atrophies his muscles (and had him announcing a farewell four years ago), Frampton’s 2023 “Never Say Never Tour” kickoff in Grand Rapids was nothing if not an energetic, triumphant statement by a guitarist whose vocal and instrumental skills clearly remain prodigious and relevant.

With a sold-out crowd of 1,900-plus (mostly baby boomers) on hand, the multi-platinum-selling guitarist and singer used a cane to take the stage and remained seated for the entire 2-hour-and-20-minute concert that began with “Lying” from 1986’s “Premonition” and wrapped up with an encore that featured Humble Pie’s “Four Day Creep” and “I Don’t Need No Doctor” and a surprising, emotion-rending version of The Beatles’ and George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

What the top-shelf band lacked in energy from staying seated rather than roaming the stage it more than made up for with tight, loud and rousing renditions of songs from Frampton’s extensive catalog, enhanced by colorful and historic images on a video backdrop.

REALLY COMFORTABLE ON STAGE, LOVING MEIJER GARDENS

“The whole reason behind doing some of these numbers we’re doing is that I had quit because I thought I was not going to to be able to play anymore because of my fingers,” Frampton told fans early on.

“Whatever I have, a muscle disease, it has given me more time, it’s progressing so slowly. It’s quite amazing what an audience and never-give-up attitude will do.”

Indeed, that “never-give-up” mentality gave West Michigan fans another opportunity to cheer a gifted guitarist’s rock and blues acumen, highlighted on an absolutely perfect-weather Monday night by “All I Want To Be,” “Can’t Take That Away,” “(I’ll Give You) Money” (trading sizzling guitar leads with bandmate Adam Lester) and “Do You Feel Like We Do,” which had the entire amphitheater standing and singing along.

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‘Never Say Never’: Frampton (Photo/Joshua Tufts)

Frampton also dedicated songs to late bandmate John Regan (“Lines on My Face” and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell (“Black Hole Sun”), while clearly reveling in his return to the stage and Meijer Gardens’ scenic milieu.

“I’m really comfortable up here,” Frampton gushed at one point. “It’s probably because you’re all smiling.”

Smiling because Frampton proved Monday that he’s not nearly ready to pack his guitar away – a decision enthusiastically reinforced by his fans – with 27 more concerts ahead on his summer tour, release of a “Frampton@50” vinyl box set in late July and work on a follow-up to his 2020 “All Blues” album.

“I’m going to keep on playing and saying, ‘Never say never,’ ” he proclaimed before leaving the stage. “We love it here. What a crowd.”

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Peter Frampton Brings The Never Say Never Tour at Hard Rock Live Orlando, Florida June 30, 2023

  • July 1, 2023
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  • by Mark Horan Publisher/Photographer

It was the hot and humid final day of June 2023 as I entered the park in search of parking. Universal Studios has a policy that if you arrive after 6:00pm parking is free! It sure beats paying $27.00 that they collect from the tourists. But, on this night, I wasn’t entering to enjoy the theme park. I was on my way to experience the music that I reminisce from my childhood, 1976 to be exact. That is the year I started driving and that was the year I bought my first 8-track tape to play in my 1971 red Plymouth Duster. In 1976, the buzz was about a new live recording that was released by A&M Records. Frampton Comes Alive! The album was hot, and everyone was playing it on the radio stations, in their cars, and in their homes. It was the best-selling album in 1976 with sales of over 20 million. Peter Frampton was unknown to most, but that changed almost overnight.

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I was running later than for most shows at Hard Rock Live Orlando as I arrived at 7:00pm. The line was 100 yards long as I made my way to the box office to get my credentials. I slipped into the venue ahead of the crowd with my media pass. Being the first in means I had time to survey the stage and the seating to find my perfect location to photograph the first three songs before heading to my review seat on the center isle in the 11th row; a great seat I might add as I will be in the thick of it during the show.

Let me apologize ahead of time as this review is going to be a bit lengthy as my experience tore at many emotions and memories triggered by the songs.  My reviews are rarely in the first person. Also, there wasn’t an opening band, so bear with me.

When I got my credential approval, I was a bit disappointed as the photography area would be front of house and not in front of the stage. What that means is I would be behind the audience, and not in front of it making it difficult to get different angles making the images more attractive. I knew once I set up, there would be no moving as I would be engulfed by the crowd on three sides.  I positioned myself behind the rail above the sound and light mixing boards. I had also done some research on YouTube and watched the first three songs from two previous performances of the the “Never Say Never Tour.” What I found out was that the entire band was going to be sitting in chairs, meaning that there would be no movement on stage making those important photo angles. I assumed Peter Frampton must have had an accident as he arrives on stage with the help of a cane before being seated for the two-hour show. I was set up behind the rail front of house, stage right. This was the perfect location in light of all the circumstances.

At around 8:00pm the house was packed, not an open seat could be seen, the lights dimmed, and a slide show started on the back projection screen on the stage. What seemed like a hundred images flashed in about three minutes time. A chronological timeline of Peter Frampton’s career including iconic pictures from the 1970’s.

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At the end of the visual production the stage lights came on and every band member was seated in place, just as I had seen from the videos I had previewed. Then Peter walked out from stage left with his cane as the theater rose to their feet and became unglued. I had mixed emotions as I was elated to see him, but also concerned by the cane. He smiled to the crowd, waved his cane in the air and took his seat on what appeared to be a padded office swivel chair without arms. The chair also had wheels so he could move a bit along with being able to swivel.

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As I said, I was concentrating on photographing the first three songs, “Lying”, “Shine On”  (Humble Pie song) and “I Got My Eyes on You.” After my allotted songs I packed my gear and headed to my review seat just as the fifth song “Show Me the Way” was about to end with a Hard Rock Live standing ovation. Yes, I was in the right place to review this show!

The show now pivoted to Frampton’s blues back ground as he played an instrumental of  Hoagy Carmichael ‘s “Georgia On My Mind”, which became famous from Ray Charles ‘ 1960 rendition. It was evident that there was nothing wrong with Frampton’s fingers as he blistered the fret board. It was an instrumental, but if you listened, you could here the audience singing along as they wanted to be involved in the show. He then introduced his Gretsch Duo Jet guitar that he had purchased in his days with Humble Pie (1969–1971).

Next, Frampton played a song from his self titled 1975 release “The Crying Clown”. The crowd sat patiently as they didn’t really know the song and they wanted to sing!  On the eight song, they got their money’s worth with “Baby, I Love Your Way”. The song was masked by a Spanish guitar intro, but they were soon singing at the top of their lungs and rocking to the beat. This brought out the third standing ovation. I remember thinking, Peter Frampton at 73 years old hasn’t lost his voice as his tone was perfect and the memories were just exploding back to 1976.

“All I Wanna Be (Is by Your Side)” was performed electrically, even though the performance on Frampton Comes Alive was done acoustically. No matter, it brought the fourth standing ovation. Next was the blues number “Can’t Take That Away’ from the 1974 album Peter Frampton . Again, Frampton showed great blues guitar riffs and style. He tried to get the crowd to sing along with him, but it just wasn’t what they remembered. The next song, “Black Hole Sun”, a Soundgarden cover was well done and I wasn’t quite sure where it fit in until the end when the rear screen projected Chris Cornell, the singer who tragically took his life on my wedding anniversary on May 18, 2017. My wife and I were in Seattle, Washington, Chris Cornell’s home town, at the time. I will never forget that day as the local radio stations memorialized the gifted musician by playing Soundgarden and Audoslave all day. We absolutely lost a good one that day and I thank Peter Frampton for making me remember.

Now back to why we all were at The Hard Rock Live! Frampton Comes Alive ! The next two songs drew the crowd back in to the happy sing along set. A blistering rendition of “(I’ll Give You) Money” complete with Peter and Adam Lester squaring off , facing each other in their chairs soloing going back and forth. Both players were exceptional in their execution which brought yet another standing ovation. Frampton then brought out his black Les Paul guitar and told the story of how he lost the guitar. In 1980, while touring South America, the guitar was put on a cargo plane in Venezuela en route to Panama which crashed causing the loss of lives and all of the contents. 35 years later, the guitar was returned to him. This is the guitar he used when recording Humble Pie Live at The Fillmore and was the guitar on the Frampton Comes Alive album cover. Peter said he has now named the guitar, Phoenix, as it rose from the ashes and found its way back to him. After the story, he brought the house down with “Do You Feel Like We Do”, complete with an extended voice box version of the song.

As the set ended, Frampton, still seated in his chair, explained the show was over and this next part is where the band leaves the stage and does what every they do back stage as the audience cheers for more. Well, they were going to put that exercise aside and just go into the encore. To my delight and the rest of the audience’s, the band played two Humble Pie songs with the final song “I Don’t Need No Doctor”.  It had the Hard Rock Live in full sing-a-long mode once again. The show culminated to a completion with The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

My usual concert reviews are the result of reporting by being the fly on the wall. As I said, this review is different as I was sucked into the experience and felt a bond with an era that I hoped wouldn’t end. This concert was different for me in so many ways. Looking back at the show in front of my computer, I searched to find out why Peter Frampton was using a cane. What I found was he has been suffering with an inflammatory muscle disease called Inclusion-Body Myositis or, IBM since 2018. Things made more sense to me as to why this tour is taking place after his “Finale Tour Farewell” in 2019. He also made remarks that his hands were still feeling good, which at the time was puzzling.

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Peter Frampton has reinvented himself many times over the years and it seems that this time he has a new battle. I am confident that we will hear more from this artist in the future. I am glad that I covered this show as it was magical and, in a way, a moving experience, even before I understood the underlying issue. My money is on Peter Frampton!

The Peter Frampton Myositis Research Fund has been established to support Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM) and related myositis research to improve the lives of patients living with myositis and to ultimately find a cure. A dollar from each ticket sold is being donated to the Johns Hopkins Myositis Center.

Peter Frampton – Guitar/Vocals

Alison Prestwood – Bass

Adam Lester – Guitar/Vocals

Rob Arthur – Keyboards/Guitar/Vocals

Dan Wojciechowski – Drums

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2.) Shine On  (Humble Pie song)

3.) I Got My Eyes on You

4.) Lines on My Face

5.) Show Me the Way

6.) Georgia (On My Mind)   (Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra cover)

7.) The Crying Clown

8.) Baby, I Love Your Way

9.) All I Wanna Be (Is by Your Side)

10.) Can’t Take That Away

11.) Black Hole Sun  (Soundgarden cover)

12.) (I’ll Give You) Money

13.) Do You Feel Like We Do

14.) I Want You to Love Me  (Humble Pie song)

15.) I Don’t Need No Doctor  (Nickolas Ashford cover)

16.) While My Guitar Gently Weeps  (The Beatles cover)

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Peter Frampton - Never Say Never Tour

  • Date July 23 , 2023 / Sunday
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Peter Frampton: Grammy-winning guitarist Peter Frampton is one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band the Herd.  At 18, Frampton co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie.   His collaborations in recording sessions and live performances range from such legendary artists as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Dion, Hank Marvin, Ringo Starr, B.B. King, Mike McCready & Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam), Buddy Guy, Steve Miller and many others.   Frampton’s relevancy has not waned in the least over the years.   He worked closely with Cameron Crowe on his Oscar winning film,  Almost Famous , as a technical advisor, writing music for the fictional band Stillwater and even making a cameo as Humble Pie’s road manager. In 2007, Frampton won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album for Fingerprints  and in 2014 was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. He received the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award from NAMM’s TEC Awards in 2019 and his album  All Blues was #1 for fifteen weeks on  Billboard ’s Blues Chart. In 2020 Frampton was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, his autobiography  Do You Feel Like I Do?: A Memoir  debuted on  The New York Times  Bestsellers list, and his 2021 album  Frampton Forgets The Words  was released to widespread critical acclaim. In November of last year, Frampton performed a sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall which was filmed and is currently airing on PBS as part of their Pledge Drive. Most recently, Frampton announced that on July 28 Intervention Records will release Frampton@50 , a numbered limited-edition vinyl box set featuring Frampton’s essential 1972-1975 studio releases  Wind of Change ,  Frampton’s Camel   and  Frampton .  

After 46 years,  Frampton Comes Alive! remains one of the top-selling live records of all time selling over 17 million worldwide.

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Peter Frampton is Returning to the Road on Never Say Never Tour

by Cillea Houghton April 11, 2023, 4:05 pm

Peter Frampton is hitting the road.

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On Tuesday (April 11), the rock legend announced that he’s heading out on the Never Say Never Tour in the latter half of 2023. The tour kicks off on June 21 in Huber Heights, Ohio, and visits a series of theaters across the country in cities including Boston, Niagra Falls, Charlotte, Orlando and Atlantic City before wrapping up in Sandy, Utah, on August 19. Tickets go on sale Friday (April 14).

In 2019, Frampton announced that he’d been diagnosed with IBM, a muscle disorder that impacted his ability to play guitar, and that his Peter Frampton Finale—The Farewell Tour would be his last. He also donated one dollar from every ticket sold to the Peter Frampton Myositis Research Fund at Johns Hopkins , which he founded after getting the diagnosis. The fund was set up at John Hopkins University where he’s receiving treatment.

“At the end of every Finale Tour show I did say, ‘Never say never,’ and I am always full of hope for the impossible,” Frampton shares in a press release. “I’m very pleased to let you know that I am feeling strong and my fingers are still roaming the fretboard. Every note I play now has more meaning and soul. I love playing live and this fighter wants to stay in the ring for as long as he can. I’m so happy to be able to see you all one more time this summer. Much love, Peter.”

On July 28, Frampton will release the limited edition box set, Frampton@50 , that features three famous albums from the early days of his career between 1972 and 1975: Wind of Change ,  Frampton’s Camel  and  Frampton .

“I listened to all three albums and was whisked back in time,” Frampton previously said about the box set. “It was such an emotional journey for me hearing these songs again, as the music and my life at that time all came flooding back. I have enjoyed being involved in every aspect of the production of this album set.” 

Peter Frampton Never Say Never Tour Dates

June 21—Rose Music Center at The Heights—Huber Heights, OH

June 22—PNC Pavilion at Riverbend—Cincinnati, OH  

June 24—Red Hat Amphitheater—Raleigh, NC

June 25—Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre—Charlotte, NC

June 27—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre—Alpharetta, GA 

June 28—The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre—St. Augustine, FL 

June 30—Hard Rock Live Orlando—Orlando, FL 

July 2—The Sound at Coachman Park—Clearwater, FL 

July 3—Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hard Rock Live—Hollywood, FL 

July 13—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion—Gilford, NH 

July 15—Wind Creek Event Center—Bethlehem, PA 

July 16—Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena—Atlantic City, NJ

July 18—MGM Music Hall at Fenway—Boston, MA

July 20—The Theater at MGM National Harbor—Oxon Hill, MD 

July 22—Foxwoods Resort Casino, Premier Theater—Mashantucket, CT

July 23—The Capitol Theatre—Port Chester, NY

July 25—The Capitol Theatre—Port Chester, NY

July 26—The Paramount—Huntington, NY 

July 28—Turning Stone Resort Casino, Event Center—Verona, NY 

July 29—Fallsview Casino Resort—Niagara Falls, ON 

August 10—Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn—Troutdale, OR 

August 12—Thunder Valley Casino—Lincoln, CA 

August 13—Yaamava’ Theater—Highland, CA 

August 15—The Masonic—San Francisco, CA 

August 18—The Pearl—Las Vegas, NV 

August 19—Sandy Amphitheater—Sandy, UT 

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Grammy award winner Peter Frampton (“Show Me the Way”, “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “I’m in You”) is heading back out on the road and bringing his “Never Ever Say Never” Tour to Morristown!

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PETER FRAMPTON Announces Farewell Tour; JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING To Open

Legendary guitarist Peter Frampton has confirmed "Peter Frampton Finale - The Farewell Tour" presented by SiriusXM . The primarily U.S. tour, produced by Live Nation , will begin on June 18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and continue throughout the summer and fall. The tour will feature special guest JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING , as well as Julian Frampton on the west coast stops, with additional surprise guests to appear on select dates.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning next Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com (check local listings for pre-sale information). VIP packages will also be available at Frampton.com .

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Peter Frampton remains one of the most lauded artists in rock history. Most recently, Frampton performed as part of "I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" concert as well as receiving the Les Paul Innovation Award at the 2019 NAMM Show 's 34th annual TEC Awards . He also just celebrated the 43rd anniversary of his fifth solo album, "Frampton Comes Alive!" , one of the top-selling live records of all time, with over 17 million copies sold worldwide.

At age 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band THE HERD . At 18, he co-founded one of the first super-groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His session work includes collaborations with such legendary artists as George Harrison , Harry Nilsson , David Bowie , Jerry Lee Lewis , Ringo Starr , John Entwistle , Mike McCready and Matt Cameron ( PEARL JAM ),among many others.

Frampton has appeared as himself on television shows "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" . He also served as technical advisor on Cameron Crowe 's 2000 film "Almost Famous" as well as appearing in it and writing songs for the soundtrack. In 2007 he won the Grammy Award for "Best Pop Instrumental Album" for "Fingerprints" and in 2014 he was inducted into the Musicians Hall Of Fame .

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Jun. 18 - Tulsa, OK - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa+ Jun. 20 - Little Rock, AR - Robinson Performance Hall Jun. 22 - Montgomery, AL - Wind Creek Casino & Hotel+ Jun. 23 - Chattanooga, TN - Tivoli Theatre+ Jun. 26 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre+ Jun. 27 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater* Jun. 29 - Salamanca, NY - Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino*^ Jun. 30 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts* Jul. 02 - Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Center for the Performing Arts Jul. 03 - Syracuse, NY - St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview* Jul. 05 - Montreal, QC - Montreal Jazz Fest- Place des Arts: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier+ Jul. 07 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion* Jul. 09 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion* Jul. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Met Philadelphia* Jul. 12 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center* Jul. 13 - Stayner, ON - Roxodus Music Festival+ Jul. 23 - Traverse City, MI - Interlochen Center for the Arts-Kresge Auditorium+ Jul. 25 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre* Jul. 26 - Morgantown, WV - MountainFest Motorcycle Rally*+ Jul. 28 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island* Jul. 29 - Cedar Rapids, IA - McGrath Amphitheatre Jul. 31 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre Aug. 02 - Minneapolis, MN - Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater*+ Aug. 04 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre* Aug. 05 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre* Aug. 08 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center* Aug. 11 - Atlanta, GA - Ameris Bank Amphitheatre at Encore Park* Aug. 16-21 - Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean+ Aug. 30 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion* Sep. 01 - Albany, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center* Sep. 02 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena* Sep. 04 - Jacksonville, FL - Daily's Place* Sep. 06 - Miami, FL - Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds* Sep. 07 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds* Sep. 10 - Simpsonville, SC - CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park* Sep. 11 - Washington, DC - The Anthem* Sep. 13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden*# Sep. 14 - Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek* Sep. 21 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman* Sep. 22 - Dallas, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory* Sep. 24 - Albuquerque, NM - Sandia Resort & Casino*+ Sep. 26 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre* Sep. 28 - Las Vegas, NV - Red Rock Resort Spa & Casino+ Sep. 29 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Casino-Pechanga Summit*† Oct. 02 - San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU*† Oct. 03 - Paso Robles, CA - Vina Robles Amphitheatre*†+ Oct. 05 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum*† Oct. 06 - Tuolumne, CA - Black Oak Casino Resort-Westside Pavilion*†+ Oct. 09 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre*† Oct. 10 - Portland, OR - Ilani Resort & Casino-Cowlitz Ballroom*†+ Oct. 12 - San Francisco, CA - Concord Pavilion*†

* With JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING † With Julian Frampton + Not a Live Nation date ^ General on-sale beginning March 22 at 12 p.m. local time # General on-sale beginning March 8 at 10 a.m. local time

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The guitar icon is having a blast on his “bonus tour”

Peter Frampton live 2023 [Credit: Matt Bishop]

Frampton is alive on stage again.

Last night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, guitar icon and songwriting guru treated fans to a fantastic evening of classic hits. Frampton told the capacity crowd inside Etess Arena that he’s calling his Never Say Never run his “bonus tour,” because it’s the tour he never thought he’d get to do.

“At the end of every Finale Tour show I did say, ‘Never Say Never’ and I am always full of hope for the impossible,” Frampton says of his decision to tour again. “I’m very pleased to let you know that I am feeling strong and my fingers are still roaming the fretboard. Every note I play now has more meaning and soul. I love playing live and this fighter wants to stay in the ring for as long as he can. I’m so happy to be able to see you all one more time this summer.”

Now, he’s back on stage doing what he does best, and his fans are beyond grateful to see him on stage again.

Peter Frampton live 2023 [Credit: Matt Bishop]

He walked on stage and was greeted with a standing ovation that was deafening. He proceeded to take a seat with a vintage Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty that had plenty of road wear. Kicking things off with “Lying,” Frampton and his band rolled into “Shine On.” After the second song, several fans were released from venue ushers’ grasps to make their way to their seats. They most likely got hung up in the beer or merch lines, but Frampton took the opportunity to have some fun with them.

Frampton asked cheekily, “Trouble parking the car?” The whole crowd laughed, even the folks caught making their way to their seats. “Oh, I’m gonna have fun with you guys,” Peter added. It was evident that Frampton was likely the person in the arena having the most fun, which was beautiful to see.

He continued to scan the room some more, like a stand-up comedian looking for more unsuspecting audience members to roast.

“We already did ‘Do You Feel,'” he said to another cluster of people still standing, alluding to the fact that even though they only missed two songs, they had already missed one of his biggest hits, 1976’s “Do You Feel Like We Do.”

The crowd roared with laughter.

Peter Frampton live 2023 [Credit: Matt Bishop]

The set continued with “Lines on My Face,” serving as a beautiful tribute to late bassist John Regan. Frampton followed it up with his seminal smash “Show Me The Way.” At the end of the song, he changed a lyric from “I can’t believe this is happening to me” to “I can’t believe this is happening right here, tonight.” The audience erupted. It was another nod to the notion that he never thought this tour would happen, and he is soaking up every second.

Other highlights included “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Do You Feel Like We Do,” a wonderful rendition of “Georgia (On My Mind), and his epic cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” that has become somewhat of a staple at his live shows over the last few years.

He wrapped up the 15-song set with “I Don’t Need No Doctor” which garnered another standing ovation.

While his health may not be what it used to be, Frampton looked well and sounded amazing. He dug deep into the pocket for his signature guitar solos and his voice sounded crisp. With the storied career he’s had, he could certainly be at home enjoying retirement – but he’s back out on the road for his fans. He’s giving them one last good run, and they’re showing up by the thousands to support him. Anyone making it out to a Never Say Never show is in for a historic treat.

Peter Frampton live 2023 [Credit: Matt Bishop]

Peter Frampton is one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. In 2007, Frampton won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album for  Fingerprints  and in 2014 was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. He received the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award from NAMM’s TEC Awards in 2019 and his album  All Blues  was #1 for fifteen weeks on  Billboard ’s Blues Chart. After 47 years,  Frampton Comes Alive!  remains one of the top-selling live records of all time selling over 17 million worldwide.

In 2020 Frampton was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, his autobiography  Do You Feel Like I Do?: A Memoir  debuted on  The New York Times  Bestsellers list, and his 2021 album  Frampton Forgets The Words  was released to widespread critical acclaim. In November of last year, Frampton performed a sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall which was filmed and is currently airing on PBS as part of their Pledge Drive. 

On July 28 Frampton will release  Frampton@50 (Intervention Records), a numbered limited edition vinyl box set featuring Frampton’s essential 1972-1975 studio releases  Wind of Change ,  Frampton’s Camel  and  Frampton .

Peter Frampton live 2023 [Credit: Matt Bishop]

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Seating on his chair, while his fingers run wild over his signature modified Les Paul guitar – the iconic instrument he played almost exclusively for 10 years in the 70s, the same that made its way back to his hands after being lost another 31 laps around the sun – Peter Frampton is the living proof that determination can conquer any obstacles.

Long gone are the days in the mid-seventies when “Frampton Comes Alive” was everywhere, and its anthemic hits “ Do You Feel Like We Do”, “Show Me the Way” and “Baby, I Love Your Way” were in constant rotation, successfully turning Frampton into a superstar. The passing of Father Time has confined Frampton to a chair during his live performances – he was diagnosed with a progressive muscle disorder (inclusion body myositis) years ago – yet his charm, sense of humor, and more importantly his playing and singing abilities remain as intact as ever, his contagious smile and enthusiasm spilling over the ecstatic audience.

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The night’s main set exclusively focuses on Frampton ’s solo career, including eight cuts from “Frampton Comes Alive” . The album’s biggest hit “ Show Me the Way”, is the fourth song in the running order, and his talk box guitar solo sounds as emotional and vibrant as when I first dropped the needle on that vinyl, many, many moons ago. Frampton does not look like his likeliness in the video slideshow the show starts with – highlighting moments from his career with Humble Pie , hanging out with David Bowie , or playing in massive stadiums – but the joy he plays and shreds with exudes might, complexity and the skills that only come with decades of experience. The night belongs to him and his band, song after song. This is not a nostalgic evening, but a jubilant celebration of the legacy of a brilliant musician, one who refuses to walk away from the stage when there are still notes to play.

The highlights of the 17-song-long set-list are as frequent as the cheering from the crowd is. The euphoric instrumental rendition of “Georgia (On My Mind)” is sublime, with Frampton playing the vocal melody in a refined exhibition of blues guitar. Soundgarden ’s massive hit “Black Hole Sun” has been a staple of Frampton ’s live shows for a while, and the interpretation carries his own touch all over – as any good cover should – with the original vocal parts replaced by Frampton ’s distorted and effect-laden guitars, with a talk-box section added at the very end while a photo of Chris Cornell shows in the big screen. Simply poignant.

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“Can’t Take That Away” is a 10-minute masterclass of perfect blues phrasing and note choices, including Frampton ’s humorous banter about the differences in the pronunciation of the song title between American and British English. The sophisticated and jazz-infused interplay between Frampton and Rob Arthur is only rivaled by “I’ll Give You Money,” a rousing rocker that evolves into a showcase of guitar dexterity as Peter and his long-time wing-man Adam Lester swap off solos back and forth, while the unremitting bass/drums section pushes steadily as the backbone for the tour-de-force rendition.

“Do You Feel Like We Do” is the last cut of the main set, and as expected it gets everyone on their feet, clapping and singing: a 17-minute journey that kicks the proceedings into overdrive, extensively featuring Frampton ’s trademark talk-box guitar effects, while the spotlight bounces between Arthur , Frampton and Lester . When the thunderous applause fades, Frampton addresses the audience once again: “This is the moment where, in the old days, we’d stumble off stage, do some drugs, and come back and play three fast songs, but today we are not going to waste your time or ours, we are gonna carry on. Are you OK with that?”

The three-song encore veers away from Frampton ’s solo career and take us on a trip down memory lane. Two upbeat Humble Pie renditions from the “Performance: Rockin’ The Fillmore” album make presence: first “Four Day Creep”, which segues into an unexpected guitar solo, and then their energetic blues-rocker “I Don’t Need No Doctor” featuring an instrumental section of “ Walk On Gilded Splinters” . It’s pure classic rock heaven at this point, and the nightcap couldn’t be more fitting: a beautiful version of The Beatles ’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” where Frampton summons George Harrison in an eloquent and tasteful way.

In an awe-inspiring evening flooded with timeless songs, Frampton – who really doesn’t have anything to prove at this point – shows us the way, and demonstrates once again why he’s undeniably one of rock’s finest guitarists; one who defies the odds and continues to thrill audiences, while still very much at the top of his game.

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