Peter Frampton is hard at work on his upcoming album -- his 16th solo studio set, and followup to 2010's critically acclaimed, Thank You Mr. Churchill. Frampton posted a message to fans on Facebook saying, "Happy New Year!!! Writing a new song but it doesn't get any easier. Playing guitar is the most enjoyable part of the process for me. Coming up with the initial idea is easy. Finishing it is the hard work. But the end result is worth it. Some live and get recorded and some fall by the wayside. Recording the finished piece is the where it gets enjoyable again. Love to mold the track with great sounds and playing. The techy stuff is mucho fun in my new studio. I have lots of new stuff in the works. Have a great new year!"
Frampton spent most of last year busy writing a performing a new piece for the Cincinnati Ballet, touring his Frampton's Guitar Circus with assorted music legends, before winding down the year in Europe in a double bill with old friends Deep Purple. He told us that it was the success of his 2006 Grammy Award-wining instrumental album, Fingerprints, that allowed him to so fully embrace his larger-than-life '70s career: "Fingerprints is a huge musical milestone for me and helped me accept my career before, for what it's worth, for what I did. Because it was the first iota -- well, more than that -- it was the first independent success that I had had, that had nothing to do with Comes Alive, whatsoever. It's me, the musician, playing an instrumental record, and I get critical acclaim for it."
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