After two seasons of playing his landmark "Frampton Comes Alive" album in its entirety, Peter Frampton was looking for something new to do this year.
The solution: he's running away with the circus. His own circus, at least.
Suggested by his manager, Frampton's Guitar Circus tour finds him playing and collaborating with a variety of peers, including B.B. King, Robert Crazy, former Eagles member Don Felder, Sonny Landreth and more. "I've got a whole bunch of people that want to sit in during my segment of the show, too," says Frampton, 63. "Who's gonna sit in with who I don't know 'til we actually get out there.
"And if there's local people that just want to turn out and play, I'm sure that could be part of this, too. It's a circus -- anything can happen. And that's what I want."
The tour comes at a busy time for Frampton. He's planning to release the new music he composed for his successful collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet in April, and he's also supervising a deluxe edition of his old band Humble Pie's "Performance Rockin' the Fillmore" album as well as a box set of that band's material. And Frampton says that might lead to some sort of live presentation of Humble Pie's music by he and drummer Jerry Shirley, even without late members Steve Marriott and Greg Ridley.
"I can't tell you what it is, but something special will happen," Frampton promises. "It's who it will be with that will be very exciting -- if it comes off. If I say too much, then it'll fall through and I'll look like an idiot!
"But Jerry and I are very pleased that people are willing to go to lengths to do these things now for Humble Pie, because I think it's a very underrated band and it needs this, if only just for the memories of Steve and Greg."
Peter Framton's Guitar Circus, with Robert Cray and Don Felder, plays at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East. Tickets are $44-$93. Call 800-522-4700 or visit www.caesarswindsor.com.
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