Peter Frampton may not be topping the billboard charts in 2011, but he's still laying down some nasty guitar licks. After joining The Herd in 1966 and forming one of the first "super groups", Humble Pie, with Steve Marriott (of Small Faces) in 1969, he went on to be one of the biggest pop/rock stars of the 70's.
Right This Way.
Even if you don't know his history, you still know his songs in the back of your mind: "Show Me the Way," "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do" are all staples of classic rock radio -- and anchor pieces to Frampton Comes Alive!, which became one of the best selling live albums of all time. (As of today, it has only been officially surpassed in sales by Garth Brooks' Double Live and Bruce Springsteen's Live 1975-1985 box set.)
Frampton is currently touring behind the 35th anniversary of the release of Frampton Comes Alive! with a series of special shows and remastered, "Deluxe Edition" reissue of the seminal album. The tour lands in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino next Tuesday night, August 23. This one should be a no-brainer for rock fans of any type. If you're still debating going, then consider our argument, then grab your tickets.
Top 10 Reasons You Should See Peter Frampton at the Hard Rock
10. If you haven't seen a show at The Joint (one of the best rooms in town with state of the art lights and sound) yet, what are you waiting for? There's not a bad seat in the house.
9. More old people in the audience playing air guitar in one place than you may ever see again in your lifetime.
8. He's a Grammy Award winner, multi-platinum selling artist and has played with Steve Marriott, George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Matt Cameron, Mike McCready and countless others. He's destined for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, making this a "bucket list" show, at the very least.
7. Consider it a guilty pleasure. If you don't want to admit you know all the songs, just pretend you're drunk. No one else will notice, because they'll all be drinking and singing (and playing air-guitar) too.
6. May 30, 1986: Frampton stepped on stage in Indianapolis to play his first American concert in four years and blew away headliner Stevie Nicks to open the second leg of the Rock A Little tour. ('Tis true: I witnessed it!) Twenty-five years later, he still hasn't lost a step.
5. If you remember 1976, you want to "Feel Like They Do" one more time too!
4. Every show, including this one, is being recorded, mixed and mastered on site by Abbey Road Live. That means you can go home with a copy of the show in hand when you leave or order it from his website after the fact. Reliving the night is an even better souvenir than a T-shirt.
3. After a few beers, the talkbox sounds just like all the other voices in your head.
2. He'll be playing Frampton Comes Alive! in its entirety to recreate the experience, as well as nearly all his other career highlights during the three hour show.
...And the No. 1 reason you should go see Peter Frampton at The Joint: Living proof that "rock gods" are mortal too. (Yes, even the Golden Boy has lost his hair over the years!)
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