Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton at the Forum in Los Angeles

Over the past decade, Peter Frampton has toured with YES, performed guitar circus shows with B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, and Buddy Guy, and most recently toured with fellow guitar legend Steve Miller. Now Frampton is on his finale—The Farewell Tour—which was announced earlier this year on Feb. 22. Frampton publicly stated he was diagnosed with inclusion body myositis and that was the reason for his farewell tour. Part of the ticket sales of each show will be donated to The Peter Frampton Myositis Research Fund. He stopped at the Forum in Los Angeles, CA on Oct. 5 for what may be his final LA show. The opening acts were his son Julian Frampton and Jason Bonham’s, Led Zeppelin Evening.

Frampton, who's just six months away from his 70th birthday, has had a musical career spanning over 50 years. At the age of 16, he had success with The Herd followed by Humble Pie. Frampton has released 15 solo studio albums starting with Wind of Change in 1972 with his most recent being All Blues released just a few months ago in June. It was Frampton Comes Alive! in 1976 that made him a rock legend and went to number one in the US.

Frampton brought out his famous black Gibson Les Paul from his Frampton Comes Alive! album right at the start of the show. It has a long past from being used on Humble Pie to solo albums to being in a plane crash and ending with the guitar being returned to him during his 35th-anniversary tour of Frampton Comes Alive!. For this tour, Frampton also brought out John Siomos’s drumset from that very album. He told the tale of how he wanted Siomos to have a Ludwig drum set with a large bass drum like John Bonham. Siomos passed away in 2004 and at some point, before this tour, the drums resurfaced on eBay. Frampton joked about how he had to buy those drums twice. He later paid tribute to his rhythm guitarist of many years Bob Mayo, who also passed away in 2004.

The show opened up with “Something’s Happening,” and by song four played one of his biggest hits, “Show Me the Way. Frampton also played two Freddie King covers and mentioned how he and Steve Miller would play blues songs together on their two tours.

Halfway through the show, Frampton played Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” which he recorded with Pearl Jam/Soundgarden drummer, Matt Cameron and Pearl Jam guitarist, Mike McCready on his 2006 album Fingerprints which was all instrumental and had a number of duets. With Chris Cornell’s passing in 2017, Frampton continues to play it, but as a tribute to Cornell, he includes its famous talkbox part.

The last two songs before the encore were his hits, “Baby I Love Your Way,” and “Do You Feel Like We Do.”

Frampton returned for a three-song encore ending with “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”  He completed his dream of playing it with Eric Clapton two weeks ago in Dallas, TX at Crossroads Guitar Festival.

The farewell tour concludes Oct.12  at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA.

Setlist

  1. Something's Happening

  2. Lying

  3. Lines on My Face

  4. Show Me the Way

  5. The Lodger

  6. Georgia (On My Mind)- Hoagy Carmichael and his Orchestra

  7. Me and My Guitar- Freddie King

  8. Same Old Blues- Freddie King

  9. Breaking All the Rules

  10. Black Hole Sun-Soundgarden

  11. (I'll Give You) Money

  12. Baby, I Love Your Way

  13. Do You Feel Like We Do

Encore

  1. Four Day Creep- Ida Cox

  2. I Don't Need No Doctor

  3. While My Guitar Gently Weeps- The Beatles

 

Peter Frampton

 

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