LIVE: Peter Frampton @ the Palace Theatre, 2/10/12

February 16th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
Peter Frampton @ The Palace Theatre, 2/10/12

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.”

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The Unlikely Reunion of Peter Frampton & His No. 1 Guitar

January 9th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg
Peter Frampton and his long lost custom Les Paul

Peter Frampton and his long lost custom Les Paul

Peter Frampton and the customized, 1954-vintage Gibson guitar that he used to record his ground-breaking “Frampton Comes Alive” mega-selling album have been reunited… three decades after the guitarist assumed that it was destroyed in a 1980 airplane crash.

While on tour in South America back in 1980, that prized Les Paul guitar was among Frampton’s equipment on board a cargo plane that crashed in Venezuela while en route to Panama.

Unbeknownst to Frampton or anyone else, however, the guitar somehow survived, and was recently returned to the guitarslinger – coincidentally (?) just in time for his “Frampton Comes Alive” 35 tour.

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NOTE: Peter Frampton – and presumably his favorite guitar – will be in the spotlight at the Palace Theatre in Albany at 7:30pm on Friday, February 10. Tix are $39.50, $59.50 & $69.50.

Diana Krall, What Was The First Record You Ever Bought?

July 2nd, 2009, 12:15 pm by Greg


“Oh, I’ve been listening to records since before I can even remember. I know that one early album I bought was a Nat Cole album, but I don’t really have a clue what my first album actually was. It might have been something by Elton John or Supertramp. It might even have been ‘Frampton Comes Alive.’ ”

Diana Krall will perform with an orchestra at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. on Saturday, July 4. Fireworks will, of course, follow.

(Drawing by Charles H. Haymes.)

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