Peter Frampton has played with his share of peers and colleagues over his 53 years of active music-making -- right down to guesting on George Harrison's famed "All Things Must Pass" album.
But he says this summer's run with Cheap Trick is especially comfortable.
"They're a great band and great people to hang with," Frampton, 65, says from his home in Nashville. "They're very easygoing, and I have a lot of respect for them as a band, musically. They've had a lot of hits, and deservedly so.
"They're all friends for many years now, and as luck would have it we share the same management, so we said, 'Let's go out and do a summer together. I think it's probably one of the best matches for me."
Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen played on one of Frampton's Guitar Circus shows last year. And, Frampton notes, the bill does unite two acts whose careers were made by iconic live albums -- his own "Frampton Comes Alive" in 1976 and Cheap Trick's "At Budokan" two years later.
"We're of the same ilk, really," Frampton notes. "There's something about them and myself that, when we play live, you get a little extra. That shows in the way we can sell live albums; there's something in those about the way we perform that has something extra that makes for a great live album experience."
Frampton, meanwhile, has been spending some time in the studio of late. Following his last recording project, a set of material for the Cincinnati Ballet called "Hummingbird in a Box," he's been recording acoustic versions of some of his past favorites -- including "Do You Feel LIke We Do," "Lines On My Face" and the rarity "Sail Away" -- as well as one new song.
"It's much more interesting than I thought it was going to be," says Frampton, who hopes to have the album out next year and is plotting an acoustic tour even before this year ends. "I thought, 'Well,I'll just go into the studio and I'll whip off 10 or 11 of my songs just the way I wrote them.' So I sat down and I started singing them; when I started first listening to them they all sound like they were on stage, without the band. It's just the way I've been doing these songs for 40 years, some of them.
"Then I realized this isn't what I want. I want as if you'd come up to the hotel before the show and we were talking and I'd be, 'Hey, I've got this new song 'Lines On My Face' I want to play you,' and I sit on the bed and I pull out an acoustic and I play it to you. That's the quality I'm shooting for."
7 p.m. Sunday, July 12.
DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township.
Tickets are $20-$55 pavilion, $15 lawn with a $44 lawn four-pack.
Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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