Concert Review: Peter Frampton

LVH Theater, August 23

Photo by Wayne Posner

Photo by Wayne Posner

This stop of Frampton’s Guitar Circus, the host’s tour featuring a rotating cast of guitarists, took awhile to offer any high-flying feats, with 87-year-old B.B. King opening the festivities. The blues legend mostly just talks to the crowd, allowing Lucille to chime in crisply every now and then, while his band does most of the work. But things picked up when Frampton took a seat alongside King for “The Thrill Is Gone,” first sitting in deference of the guitar great, before putting his own tasteful stamp on King’s signature song.

Returning to the stage with his four-piece band, Frampton drew heavily from his iconic 1976 albumFrampton Comes Alive! to open his set, including the familiar “Show Me the Way” and lesser nuggets such as “Doobie Wah” and “Lines On My Face.” Frampton strapped on some ’90s alternative rock after that, welcoming Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo onstage for that band’s “Interstate Love Song” and “Vasoline,” as well as Frampton’s own “(I’ll Give You) Money,” resulting in some intense jamming. After mellowing things out with “Baby, I Love Your Way,” Frampton brought his circus to a crescendo, highlighted by an instrumental version of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” playing the vocal line on guitar before moving to his trademark “talk box” for the chorus and an inventive solo. He closed the guitar heroics with the classic “Do You Feel Like We Do” before winding down with a cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” At 63, Frampton will never fully escape his classic-rock renown, but he showed he’s still capable of generating fresh ideas. ★★★★☆

Set list

  • Magic Moon (Da Da Da Da Da!)
  • Doobie Wah
  • Lines On My Face
  • Show Me the Way
  • Wind of Change
  • Double Nickels
  • Interstate Love Song w/ Dean DeLeo
  • Vaseline w/ Dean DeLeo
  • (I’ll Give You) Money w/ Dean DeLeo
  • Baby, I Love Your Way
  • Black Hole Sun
  • Do You Feel Like We Do
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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