Peter Frampton

  • Peter Frampton
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By Crystal Larsen
Los Angeles

It's nearly impossible not to have a great night out at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre. Nestled underneath the stars in a forested area of Los Feliz's Griffith Park, the theater offers an intimate atmospheric experience for any concertgoer. But July 30 was no ordinary evening at the Greek as everyone in attendance was there to celebrate GRAMMY-winning artist and extraordinary guitarist Peter Frampton during the L.A. stop of his Frampton Comes Alive! 35 tour.

If you've seen Frampton live before (which I hadn't) you were in for an extra treat as he performed his Album Of The Year-nominated Frampton Comes Alive! in its entirety in honor of the 35th anniversary of the double-live album's release. In addition, Frampton played songs from throughout his career, including his most recent album, Thank You Mr. Churchill.

Kicking off promptly at 7:30 p.m. with "Something's Happening," the perfect intro for what was to be a great summer night of music, the house was nearly packed before the sun went down, but fans were still trickling in by the second song as Frampton drove the band into the grooving '70s rock staple "Doobie Wah," originally from his 1974 release Somethin's Happening.

The next three-and-a-half hours (with the exception of a 20-minute intermission) were full of tight, energetic performances that didn't miss a beat, showcasing Frampton's impressive musical versatility as he jumped from rock and folk to blues and jazz, with plenty in between. Backing Frampton onstage were Rob Arthur (keyboards), Adam Lester (rhythm guitar), Stanley Sheldon (bass), and Dan Wojciechowski (drums), and as the band approached the fourth song of the set, "Show Me The Way" — an obvious crowd favorite and a track that peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976 — I couldn't help but get chills as I watched a roaring crowd jump to their feet to sing along at the top of their lungs to "I want you to show me the way/I want you day after day."

The next few songs captured Frampton onstage accompanied only by an acoustic guitar for "Penny For Your Thoughts" and the beautiful "All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side)," a track off Frampton's debut solo album, 1972's Wind Of Change. Bringing the band back onstage, Frampton launched into a song everyone should recognize, "Baby, I Love Your Way." But the soothing sounds of the preceding tracks were soon put to rest as the band kicked it up about five notches with my personal favorite, "(I'll Give You) Money," which featured an enchanting guitar solo that could make anyone forget where they were, if just for a moment, and another crowd favorite, the marathon "Do You Feel Like We Do," which featured Frampton's patented talk box guitar chatter.

The first set ended with a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash." Following the intermission, the band took the stage again, this time dressed in noticeably darker colors as if to match the black of the night sky, but the music was still fiery red-hot. The second set included recent Frampton songs, including the folksy "Vaudeville Nanna And The Banjolele," which showcased Frampton on the ukulele, "Boot It Up," "Double Nickels," and an incredible cover of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," the latter three from Frampton's 2006 GRAMMY-winning Best Pop Instrumental Album Fingerprints. "[It's the] first album I never sang on and they gave me an award," quipped Frampton, who also didn't seem to skip a beat the entire night as far as humorous commentary.

Proving that family and music are where the heart is, the second set also featured a special appearance by Frampton's son, Julian Frampton, who sang lead vocals on "Road To The Sun," a song from Thank You Mr. Churchill. For Frampton, the band, and all of his family of friends, this performance was definitely one for the books.

First Set
"Something's Happening"
"Doobie Wah"
"Lines On My Face"
"Show Me The Way"
"It's A Plain Shame"
"Wind Of Change"
"Just The Time Of The Year"
"Penny For Your Thoughts"
"All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side)" (acoustic version)
"Baby, I Love Your Way"
"I Wanna Go To The Sun"
"Nowhere's Too Far For My Baby"
"(I'll Give You) Money"
"Do You Feel Like We Do"
"Shine On" (Humble Pie)
"White Sugar"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" (Rolling Stones cover)

Second Set
"Asleep At The Wheel"
"Boot It Up"
"Double Nickels"
"Vaudeville Nanna And The Banjolele"
"All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side)" (electric version)
"Suite Liberte"
"Road To The Sun"
"Four Day Creep" (Humble Pie)
"Off The Hook"
"Black Hole Sun" (Soundgarden cover)

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