After 35 years, six times platinum sales and bona fide iconic status, Peter Frampton says his landmark "Frampton Comes Alive" album "seems like a long time ago" — even as he spends the year touring the world to celebrate its 35th anniversary.
"The thing just seems to have a life of its own," says Frampton, 61, who played on the late George Harrison’s "All Things Must Pass" and was in the groups the Herd and Humble Pie before going solo in 1971. "It's still important to a lot of people now, and there's always new people — which still surprises me.
"It gets handed down. I get these 12-year-old up-and-coming guitar players on Facebook or at the shows who want to get some pointers ... or they've learned this part or that part. It's a very honorable position to be in when these kids still today, 35 years later, are still using it as an inspiration to start to play."
For this year's "Frampton Comes Alive" tour, Frampton has brought back bassist Stanley Sheldon; the other two members of the band on the album, keyboardist Bob Mayo and drummer John Siomos, both died in 2004. Sheldon wrote and played on Frampton’s Grammy Award-winning 2007 album "Fingertips" and also joined the band for the 2011 U.K. tour supporting the "Thank You Mr. Churchill."
He is not, however, donning a wig of the long locks he sported at that point in his career — "People have asked, but I'm not going to do that," he says with a laugh — but Frampton is throwing in "a few of the 'Thank yew!s' and stuff like that in, spoof it a little." And he's happy to be playing some of the songs that disappeared from his shows during the intervening years.
"The last time we played all these numbers together was in '76," he says. "We haven't played 'Nowhere’s Too Far,' which was on the deluxe edition, since then. We haven't played 'Doobie Wah' in 20 years. 'Something's Happening' has been 15 years. Certain things you just retire — been there, done that.
"But to do the whole thing, it's pretty exciting, actually. I know the audience will love it. And what's cool is we have people coming that haven't been to see us since '77, '76. It's pretty awesome we're getting them out of the house."
Peter Frampton performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $45 and $25 pavilion, $15 lawn with a $44 lawn four-pack. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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