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Peter Frampton comes alive in Beaver Creek

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Beaver Creek, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado –Peter Frampton may well be the lone artist in rock and roll history whose hits are best known by his fans from a live album. In the late 1970s, it seemed that you couldn’t enter a house that did not contain a copy of his “Frampton Comes Alive” album.

Armed with all these hits, including “Baby I Love Your Way,” “Show Me The Way,” “Do You Feel Like We Do” and “I’m In You,” along with his trademark “guitar talk box,” Frampton will perform at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Wednesday.

Frampton first became interested in music at the age of seven when he discovered his grandmother’s banjoele, a banjo-shaped ukulele, in the attic. Teaching himself to play the instrument, he became obsessed with making music, teaching himself to play the guitar and piano as well.

As an 18-year-old, Frampton teamed with former Small Faces band member Steve Marriott to form Humble Pie. After recording five albums with Humble Pie, he embarked on a solo career in 1971, touring extensively, while working by himself or within group projects.

Then came 1976 and the release of “Frampton Comes Alive.” The album topped the charts for 10 weeks, becoming the top selling recording that year and ranking as the biggest selling live album at the time.

The success of “Frampton Comes Alive” also put him on the cover of Rolling Stone with the famous shirtless photo by Francesco Scavullo, while also landing him a co-starring role with the Bee Gees in the movie version of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

While Frampton’s recording efforts in the ’80s could not match the success of “Frampton Comes Alive,” he did achieve a comeback of sorts in 1986 with the release of “Premonition,” with its hit single “Lying.” Frampton also reunited with an old friend, David Bowie, working together to record new music.

His most recent release, “Fingerprints,” was honored with a 2007 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

Off stage, Frampton has kept his name and persona in the mainstream with television appearances that have included PBS’s “Soundstage,” as well as guest spots on episodes of the animated hits “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.” In 2000, he served as technical advisor for Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical film, the smash hit “Almost Famous.”

Tickets for Peter Frampton are priced at $65, $90 and $125 and are available online at http://www.vilarpac.org, by phone at 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the Vilar box office in Beaver Creek. Tickets are available online 24 hours a day; the box office is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with additional hours on performance days.


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