Happy Birthday to Peter Frampton, who turns 68 on today (April 22nd)!!! Frampton is currently on the road through the end of the summer with the Steve Miller Band and plays tonight (April 20th) in Canada at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome. Peter Frampton first made his mark in Britain in the late-1960’s with the pop group the Herd, and then later as part of the hard rocking Humble Pie with co-founder Steve Marriott. Frampton left Humble Pie in late-1971 to go solo, and released four moderate selling solo albums before releasing his 1976 blockbuster double album Frampton Comes Alive!
Frampton Comes Alive! propelled Frampton into superstardom with its hit singles “Show Me The Way,” “Baby, I Love Your Way,” and “Do You Feel Like We Do.” In March 2017, Peter Frampton released a new single, called “I Saved A Bird Today.” The track was inspired by Frampton discovering a bird on his patio, which was unable to fly away. Frampton explained to us that upon calling his local wildlife rescue group, the bird was identified as a coot — as in “crazy as a coot” — and was only able to fly away by taking off from a body of water.
In February 2016, Peter Frampton released his latest album, Acoustic Classics, which covers key tracks from his ’70s A&M catalogue and beyond — including “Fig Tree Bay” “All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side),” “Wind Of Change,” “Lines On My Face,” “Do You Feel Like We Do?,” “Sail Away,” “Show Me The Way,” “Baby I Love Your Way” — with Frampton handling nearly all the guitar, keyboards, and bass work on the album.
Peter Frampton shed some light on the sessions for the recent Acoustic Classics album: “Just me and an acoustic (guitar) or me and a piano, depending on what I wrote it on. The only thing that I’m changing from that theory is, y’know, I need a guitar solo, so I do — instead of an electric solo — I’ll do it on a different sounding guitar, I’ll do a guitar solo, acoustic, over that. I’m not calling it an ‘album’ anymore. I don’t know what it is — it’s a ‘streamer.’ I’ve got a ‘streamer’ coming out (laughs). So, whatever it is — however people get to it.”
Photo Courtesy of Yann Charles