A countryman, rocker and maestro: Peter Frampton comes to Vilar Center at Beaver Creek | VailDaily.com

A countryman, rocker and maestro: Peter Frampton comes to Vilar Center at Beaver Creek

Duncan Horner
Director’s Chair

Peter Frampton is the original guitar hero. Not only do I love him for being a fellow countryman, but he is a true rocker with hits like "Breaking All The Rules," "Show Me The Way," "Baby, I Love Your Way," "Do You Feel Like We Do" and "I'm In You."

Frampton is well-loved by his peers — and is a true "musician's musician." His infectious riffs attracted the attention from other artists such as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Pearl Jam and others who have collaborated with him over the years. With this resume, it comes as no surprise that he recently earned himself an induction into the Musicians Hall of Fame.

We look forward to hosting him again in Beaver Creek for another memorable performance when he comes to the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m.

Rocking On

A former member of Humble Pie, Frampton's solo work first hit the airwaves in 1972 with the release of "Winds of Change," but things didn't really heat up until 1976's "Frampton Comes Alive!" which was certified 8-times Platinum and eventually became the highest-selling album in recorded history — surpassing Carole King's "Tapestry."

The album included hit singles such as "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do," both of which peaked within the top 15 on the U.S. charts.

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Frampton emerged from a generation of iconic and legendary British artists including George Harrison, David Bowie and The Who, and while many members of that era have passed, Frampton keeps rocking on. Part of his continued success, perhaps, is due in part to his ability to continue growing as an artist.

After "Frampton Comes Alive!" garnered him initial success, the rock superstar followed up with hits such as the title track of the album "I'm In You" and his cover of Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours," but struggled with a few personal setbacks, including a tragic car accident in 1978 and a cargo plane crash that destroyed much of his equipment.

Nonetheless, Frampton rebounded. He continues to explore and grow as his career evolves. Never one to do the same thing twice, Frampton most recently released the album "Acoustic Classics," which truly shows the breadth of his technical artistry with a guitar.

When he comes to the Vilar Center on Aug. 1, we know his music will feature echoes of the past from his prolific career, but we're also always expecting something new and exciting from this artist who continues to reinvent himself.

Duncan Horner is the executive director of the Vilar Performing Arts Center at Beaver Creek.

If you go …

What: Peter Frampton performs.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center.

When: Tuesday, Aug. 1, 8 p.m.

Cost: Tickets start at $105.

More information: Visit http://www.vvf.org.