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Frampton celebrates legendary album
By Kevin Coffey
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


When Peter Frampton was 16, he was pulling off electrifying licks as a member of The Herd.

When he was 18, he formed Humble Pie and became known as one of the best rock guitarists from the United Kingdom.

If you go:

Who: Peter Frampton

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Tickets: $49 to $89 at www.ticketomaha.com, Ticket Omaha box office or 402-345-0606

Information: www.omahaperformingarts.org or 402-345-0202

STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE


In “Wayne's World 2,” Mike Myers' character says: “‘Frampton Comes Alive?' Everybody in the world has ‘Frampton Comes Alive.' If you lived in the suburbs you were issued it. It came in the mail with samples of Tide.”

No kidding. Since its release, “Frampton Comes Alive” has sold more than 8 million copies in the United States alone. It's No. 143 on the list of top-selling albums of all time.

In Omaha, Peter Frampton ends his tour celebrating the 35th anniversary of his millions-selling live album “Frampton Comes Alive!”

The double-album was recorded in 1975 at Winterland in San Francisco and the Long Island Arena in New York, among other venues.

Though it was a double LP, the album cost only $1 more than a standard album. The album hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts and three hit singles were released: “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Do You Feel Like We Do” and “Show Me the Way.”

Frampton used a talk box guitar effect on “Show Me the Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do,” which caused a boost in popularity for the effect and linked Frampton to it forever.

These days, Frampton's original talk box from “Frampton Comes Alive” is in the possession of the Hard Rock Cafe. He also sells his own model called the Framptone from his website.

When he released his fifth solo album, the double live "Frampton Comes Alive!," he became one of the biggest rock and pop stars on the globe with songs like "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Show Me the Way."

"Frampton Comes Alive!" continues to be one of the best-selling live albums of all time.

At his shows celebrating the 35th anniversary of the record's release, Frampton plays through its entire tracklist and performs pieces from his Grammy-winning 2006 instrumental album, "Fingerprints."

After the show, you can buy a copy of the performance on CD. (And if you can't make Saturday's concert, you can order a copy at abbeyroadliveus.com.)

For years in Humble Pie and as a solo artist, Frampton played a black Gibson Les Paul guitar with three humbucking pickups instead of the usual two.

Frampton was recently reunited with the guitar, which was believed to be lost when a cargo plane carrying it and other equipment crashed on its way to Panama.

The guitar was recovered and sold to a local musician on Curacao. A friend recognized it as Frampton's famed black Les Paul and two fans (and another friend on the Curacao Tourist Board) joined together to buy the guitar and get it to Frampton.

"I am still in a state of shock, first off, that the guitar even exists, let alone that it has been returned to me," Frampton said in a statement. "I know I have my guitar back, but I will never forget the lives that were lost in this crash. I am so thankful for the efforts of those who made this possible ... And, now that it is back, I am going to insure it for $2 million and it's never going out of my sight again."

Frampton took it to the Gibson Custom Shop for some refurbishing and repairs and has lately been using it on his tours.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1557, kevin.coffey@owh.com

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Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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