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PETER FRAMPTON, Hammersmith Apollo, London
Frampton has already toured the UK back in March promoting last year's
'Thank You Mr Churchill ' and he promised back then he would be back in
the autumn to play the whole of 'Frampton Comes Alive', as that
legendary live album marked its 35th anniversary this year.
a packed out Apollo that welcomed Peter Frampton (looking very fit &
healthy and ready for action) and his backing band of Rob Arthur
(keyboards/guitar/backing vocals), Adam Lester (guitar) and Dan Wojciechowski (drums) plus on bass Stanley Sheldon who played on the
original 'Frampton Comes Alive' album.
Frampton is one of those artists that may not have massive selling
albums anymore but maintains a large and loyal following who certainly
came out to see him tonight.
The first half of the evening was given over to playing the whole of the
'Frampton Comes Alive' album including some sings that never made the
original vinyl release but were on the subsequent CD re-issue.
the show I have to say how impressed I was by Peter Frampton's guitar
playing and use of guitar effects to create a wealth of sounds. As one
member of the crowd quite rightly shouted out 'you 're a guitar genius
'. As you'd expect the biggest cheers of the night came for 'Show Me The
Way ', a song that marked the first appearance of the legendary Talkbox.
progressed nicely with the reflective 'Penny For Your Thoughts' and the
album 's other big song 'Baby I Love Your Way'.
half closed on a rock high with the Humble Pie classic 'Shine One', a
funky cover of the Rolling Stones 'Jumpin' Jack Flash ' and a fifteen
minute epic run through 'Do You Feel '. The latter really lets the band
spread their musical wings. It maybe thirty five years ago the album was
first released but Peter Frampton has lost none of his skilful playing
or vocal prowess.
The second half commenced with 'Asleep At The Wheel' off his latest
album 'Thank You Mr Churchill '. Then came three instrumentals of his
Grammy award winning 'Fingerprints' album and a good call as it gave
Peter Frampton a chance to rest his vocals.
screen behind the band came into its own on these songs with a series of
video and photographs, sometimes very psychedelic and reminiscent of
Pink Floyd, as was the playing on 'Float '.
of his last album was the autobiographical 'Vaudeville Nanna and the
Banjolele ', complete with said banjoele played by Peter Frampton, along
with a snippet of 'My Old Man 's A Dustman '!
Julian joined him to sing on 'Road To The Sun ', a real rocker to shake
away the cobwebs and this was followed by an instrumental cover of
Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun '. Not a song I 'd expected to hear but a
worthy cover with the Talkbox back at the end of the song. Some good old
blues rock boogie followed with Humble Pie's 'Four Day Creep'.
was the George Harrison penned 'Whilst My Guitar Gently Weeps ', a
fitting end to a truly magical night of music and with a set time of
nearly three hours you certainly get VFM.
There are a couple of UK dates plus some mainland Europe shows to go and
I would urge you to go and see a performer at the peak of his musical
powers, backed by a very competent and talented band.
Photos by Steve Goudie
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