It’s been awhile since Peter Frampton put out a new album to excited expectations.
And while his new “Thank You, Mr. Churchill” — which came out April — may not be quite the same as 1977’s “I’m In You,” which followed the previous year’s phenomenon “Frampton Comes Alive!” it still benefits from interest stoked by Frampton’s first Grammy Award win, Best Pop Instrumental Album, for its 2006 predecessor “Fingerprints.”
“This is the first record I’ve looked forward to this much,” Frampton, 60, acknowledges. “It’s like the antithesis of ‘I’m in You;’ it couldn’t be further removed from the feeling I had then, which is sheer fear.
“Today it’s sheer enjoyment and excitement and just looking forward to it. It’s completely different.”
The new album did coincide with Frampton turning 60 — a bit startling for someone who came to fame as “the face of ‘68” in his native Britain shortly before joining the band Humble Pie. But Frampton, who’s been sober for eight years, wears his age comfortably and says it’s motivating him to do more, and better, work these days.
“Since my sobriety, I feel I’ve become much more confident in what I do,” explains Frampton, who resides in Cincinnati and records primarily in Nashville, Tenn. “I just feel like I’m older, with hopefully the wisdom I’ve gained along the way, but that I still have the 18-year-old Humble Pie mentality as far as rocking and wanting to play and being more prolific.
“And I guess there’s a race to be more prolific. It’s not that I’m saying, ‘Oh God, I better write more songs. I don’t have long.’ That’s not it. I just feel good about where I’m at and that I’m able to do this and people still want to hear and it come out and see us. I want to take full advantage of that, you know?”
Peter Frampton performs with the Steve Miller Band at 7 p.m. Friday, July 2, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $59.50 and $35 pavilion, $25 lawn, with four-packs available for both pavilion ($99) and lawn ($64). Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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