Review by Pete Mason
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Rock legend Peter Frampton brought his tour to the Palace Theatre Friday night sharing his catalog with an audience from 1976 that grew up listening to “Frampton Comes Alive!” In the 35th year since the seminal classic rock album was released, his legend has been cemented over generations since the album’s debut and reaffirmed with his 2007 Grammy Award for “Fingerprints.” It was a nostalgia night for many, including a great deal of those who saw the original tour for this album; a sit-down show with photos of Frampton in this glory days, not the shorn, balding, white-hair self on stage. But does he still have it? Indeed, he does.
Taking the stage at 7:30pm, Frampton informed fans “We’re going to play the entire ‘Frampton Comes Alive’ album plus more, and if you have to leave before seven in the morning, you will miss the show. We are turning into the Grateful Dead or Phish. Phish has an album called ‘Hampton Comes Alive,’ you know…” and with that the show began – although in truth, the show ended at 10:15pm. Frampton’s noodling was welcome and showed that he wasn’t mailing in the performance from quite early in the show. Delving into “Show Me the Way,” blue stagelights and a lone spotlight highlighted the rock god moving into a somber “Lines On My Face.”