Classic Rockers At Their Finest!
It can be risky to see aging rock stars perform; they might be playing guitar with arthritic hands, or their voices (which naturally change as they age) cannot hit the notes they still try to hit. Neither could be further from the truth for Peter Frampton, who appeared at the Lowell Summer Music Series last weekend.
The man is ageless!
This was a triumphant appearance, the last on his current tour supporting the 40th anniversary of his Frampton Comes Alive album. His band members were overheard saying that Frampton had been on fire that night, and I agree.
He came to the stage, guitar in hand, grinning like a Cheshire cat. That grin did not leave his face for the entire show. His thrill at the reception he received from the audience translated into him giving us at least 110% for the entire show.
The show was a mix of his classic songs such as ‘Do You Feel Like We Do’, “Show Me the Way”, and ‘Baby, I Love Your Way’, and soaring instrumental songs that I did not know. During a couple of songs including ‘Do You Feel Like We Do’, he used the voice-altering mic to the great delight of the crowd.
If he had trouble hitting notes, he had some extremely able singers who harmonized with him to create his iconic sound. His guitar-playing in incredible; this was my first time seeing him live, but his fingers slid across the strings as if they were an extension of his hands. I am not sure I knew how good an instrumentalist he is.
His band is Dan Wojciechowski on drums, Rob Arthur on keys (and guitars), Adam Lester on guitar, and Paul Peterson on bass. Rob and Adam also provided vocals. Some have played with Frampton for years, and the chemistry is apparent.
While it may have been hard to reconcile the vision of this man with short white hair with the 30-year-old with long, curly brown locks (as my friend said to me), his performance negated that. He moved around the stage with a certain grace that belied his years. He may not be leaping these days, but the show had all the energy his shows have most likely always had.
Needless to say, they received a standing ovation, and returned to the stage for an encore consisting of three songs. The last was George Harrison’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’; we gladly accompanied the band when Frampton asked that we do. Sadly, there was no second encore although I do not know how they could have topped what they did.
Opening the show was a young British blues man named Jack Broadbent who was touring with Frampton.
Appearing with only himself and a lap slide guitar, he captured the crowd’s attention from his first notes. Armed with an excellent voice, a dry wit, and great slide work, his brief set contained both original songs and covers (including Hendrix).
I bought his album and look forward to seeing him again in the near future.
This was as close to a perfect evening as happens to me, on many levels. The music was fabulous, the weather ideal, and I was able to share the show with a dear friend (well, more than one).
Thanks to Tim Carter for the use of his photos to help tell the story. I am grateful.
Posted on June 20, 2016, in concert photos, concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged Adam Lester, blues music, Boarding House Park, Boston Bhangra, concert photos, concert review, Dan Wojciechowski, Jack Broadbent, Lowell Summer Music Series, music, Paul Peterson, Peter Frampton, Rob Arthur, rock music. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
I have seen Frampton at least 20 times in the last 20 years, from a beer fest in Minneapolis, to Red Rocks in Denver, to the Gorge in Washington State, etc, etc, etc……you described each of those shows exactly. He is an incredible entertainer.
Thanks Mike! What a show!
Suze, I’m so glad you got to see Peter Frampton Live. He is an exception to the rule when it comes to classic 70’s musicians. He is a perfectionist and expects and gets the same from his band. I have seen Peter with Ringo Starr & his Allstarr Band and that was the best Ringo & his Allstarr Band show out of the 8 that I have been to. My wife and I went to Atlanta for the FCA35 Anniversary show and it was fantastic. We gathered about 20 people because we want our friends to see how great Peter still was live. We all went to Hard Rock Hollywood and again another great show and my friends thanked me and had a great time. We saw him again with Peter Frampton’s Circus, another very good show. But I’ll never forget FCA35. Iv’e been to over 300 concerts and I rank FCA35 right up there at the top!!
Go see fca40 if you haven’t. Thanks for your comment, Bruce. I don’t know why I waited so long to see him!
I’ll have to do that, hopefully he will come our way this year. On that FCA35 Tour they made a live CD of the show. It was great because you get to keep the live experience that you went to. I bought one from the Atlanta show and the Hollywood, Florida show. I’m so glad you had the chance to see Peter live.
Me too! The series where I saw him is awesome, and it was a perfect night under the stars. When the band says he was on fire you know you saw a special show. They didn’t have the show available for purchase.