Forty years ago, a teenage Peter Frampton was dubbed “The Face of 1968” by the British music press. So what does that make him in 2008?
“Well,” Frampton, 58, says with a laugh, “in England we used the word ‘geezer’ for everybody, but over here it seems to be for old people. I don’t think I’m an American geezer until I’m over 60.
“The thing is that I feel the same inside as I did when I started — it’s just the casing that changes. I still have the same excitement for what I do, which I think is pretty amazing. I don’t understand it, but I do.”
That goes for both playing live and recording. Frampton, who resides with his family in Cincinnati, has spent the past year writing songs for his next album, the follow-up to 2006’s instrumental “Fingerprints,” which snared Frampton his first Grammy Award. He hopes to hit the studio this fall with his own band — as well as members of Motown’s Funk Brothers session corps —and is eyeballing a 2009 release.
“We’ve written a lot of songs for it already, but I haven’t finished writing yet,” says Frampton, who’s collaborated with Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean and Robert DeLeo, among others. “I’ve had nine, 10 months of writing it, and it’s just been a luxury.
“I’m addicted to writing now. I’m just hoping I don’t have Stevie Wonder disease, where you don’t ever finish the record. I promise I’ll never get to that stage.”
Peter Frampton performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 29) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $35 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
Send your thoughts and comments to