Frampton (Guitar) Comes Alive! [VIDEO]
It was an on-stage reunion over 30 years in the making, but on Saturday night at The Beacon Theater, it happened.
Peter Frampton and his long lost, beloved 1954 Gibson Les Paul guitar were back together performing again.
In 1980, a cargo plane carrying Frampton’s equipment for a show in Panama crashed and all was believed to be lost forever, including, of course, the Gibson.
But Frampton was reunited with his axe last December and you can read the full story here (as reported by Matt Wardlaw on the Hawk’s website on January 3rd).
Saturday night was the first time Peter actually played it before an audience.
Because of the success of Frampton’s 2011 world tour celebrating the 35th anniversary of “Frampton comes Alive!” the tour was extended into 2012, just in time for the on-stage reunion of Peter and his guitar.
The 3-hour show features a complete performance of the “Frampton comes Alive!” album plus other songs from his catalog, including off the 2006 grammy winner, “Fingerprints”.
Reviews of the tour have been excellent. An article in The Santa Barbara Independent newspaper called the show there last summer, “pleasing those who came to hear the hits and impressing musicians in the crowd with his still-smokin’ guitar chops.”
What about the Beacon show? You decide after checking out this footage of the show: