Peter Frampton: Vintage Songs Re-imagined Acoustically (Video)

The Frampton/Cheap Trick tour arrives at the DTE Energy Music Theater July 12th!

Peter Frampton posted on his Facebook page that he’s currently re-recording “an album’s worth” of his older music on just acoustic guitar and piano. Frampton posted a photo of the intricate mic setup in his Nashville studio with a “Geek Alert” advisory. No release date has been announced for the still-untitled set, which will be the follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed mini-album, called Hummingbird In A Box – Songs From The Ballet.

With nearly 50 years of recordings under his belt, we pressed Frampton about the prospects of him finally compiling a complete and exhaustive career-spanning box set of his own: “We did the Shine On: A Collection, obviously a bunch of years ago now; that’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to a box set. I don’t know, y’know, with the state of the music industry, and I can tell you from the last studio album to releasing the DVD, and the three-CD set from Comes Alive 35, record sales — I can feel it — have slid further off the charts.”

  • Frampton said that being an artist and performer for as long as he has, has earned him the right to do what he wants how he wants: “No, I’m not on top of the charts — I don’t expect to be. Y’know, it will be nice — but it’s not something that I have to do anymore. It’s like, I just have to go on doing projects and touring with them. I don’t know, because I still have the love of the music, it’s, it’s always gonna be.”
  • UPDATED: Peter Frampton & Cheap Trick tour dates (subject to change):
    June 3 – Modesto, CA – Mary Stuart Rogers Theatre
    June 5 – Temecula, CA – Pechanga Resort & Casino (Peter Frampton only)
    June 6 – Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Casino
    June 10 – San Diego, CA – San Diego County Fair (Peter Frampton only)
    June 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
    June 13 – Indio, CA – Fantasy Springs Resort Casino & Special Events Center
    June 14 – Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort
    June 16 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    July 17 – Bayfield, WI – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
    June 18 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
    June 19 – Elgin, IL – Festival Park (with Michael McDonald)
    June 20 – Welch, MN – Treasure Island Resort & Casino
    June 23 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark (Peter Frampton only)
    June 25 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap (Peter Frampton only)

    June 26 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center (Peter Frampton only)
    June 27 – Portland, ME – Maine State Pier
    July 11 – Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands PAC (CMAC)
    July 12 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
    July 14 – Wabash, IN – Honeywell Center (Peter Frampton only)
    July 17 – Bayfield, WI – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua (Peter Frampton only)

    July 18 – Walker, MN – Moondance Jam (Peter Frampton only)
    July 28 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
    July 29 – New York, NY – JBL Live at Pier 97
    July 31 – Atlantic City, NJ – Tropicana Casino & Resort
    August 1 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
    August 2 – Mashantucket, CT – Grand Theater
    August 5 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
    August 7 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live (Peter Frampton only)
    August 8 – Ohio State Fair – Columbus, OH (Peter Frampton only)
    August 9 – Huber Heights, OH – The Rose Music Center at The Heights (Peter Frampton only)
    August 11 – Newport News, VA – Ferguson Center For The Arts
    August 12 – Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheatre (Peter Frampton only)    
    August 14 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
    August 15 – Peachtree City, GA – Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre
    August 18 – St. Louis, MO – The Venue at River City Casino (Peter Frampton only)    
    August 19 – Wichita, KS – Orpheum Theatre (Peter Frampton only)
    August 21 – Tucson, AZ – Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheatre (Peter Frampton only)
    August 22 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
    August 25 – Livermore, CA – Wente Vineyards
    August 28 – Redmond, WA – King County’s Marymoor Park (Peter Frampton only)
    August 29 – Hard Rock Casino – Coquitlam, Canada (Peter Frampton only)

SIDE NOTES

  • Peter Frampton and Gibson guitars will be teaming up for signature line of Les Paul’s, which replicate the legendary guitar Frampton worshipped, then lost for decades.
  • Frampton posted on his Facebook page: “The Gibson Custom shop in Nashville and I are currently working on a clone of my long lost Les Paul, ‘The Phoenix.’ It will be a limited run and will be exact in every way. The scars left by the plane crash and 30 years of AWOL will all be part of each guitar.” There’s been no street date set for guitar line.
  • Frampton chronicled the return of his beloved Les Paul “Black Beauty” in the recent DVD spotlighting his recent Frampton Comes Alive 35 tour. Back in 2011, thanks to two die-hard fans in the Caribbean and the Netherlands, Frampton was reunited with his legendary Frampton Comes Alive guitar — 31 years after it went down in a cargo plane while bringing his gear to a show in Panama.
  • Frampton first played the guitar publicly during his 2012 New York City stop — but only for one tune — his 1973 classic, “Do You Feel Like We Do.”

CHECK IT OUT: Peter Frampton’s 1994 solo acoustic version of “Show Me The Way”:

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