Peter Frampton will chronicle the return of his beloved Les Paul "Black Beauty" in his upcoming DVD spotlighting his recent Frampton Comes Alive 35 tour. Late last year, thanks to two die-hard fans in the Caribbean and the Netherlands, Frampton was reunited with his legendary Frampton Comes Alive guitar -- 31 years after it went down in a cargo plane while bringing his gear to a show in Panama. Frampton first played the guitar publicly during his New York City stop -- but only for one tune -- his 1973 classic, "Do You Feel Like We Do."
Frampton posted an update on his Facebook page: "The documentary footage about the return of my original 1954 Gibson Les Paul after 31 years has now been edited. It will be included on the FCA 35 Tour DVD/Blu ray due out this coming October. . . It takes you through the guitar's history and a chat with Marc Mariana, who originally gave me the guitar in 1970. Then there's the actual day I was given back the guitar in Nashville. Also, the work of making it playable again, undertaken by luthier Mike McGuire of Gibson and luthier Joe Glaser, is all there for you to see too. The most poignant moment for me is when I finally put the guitar back in Marc's hands. You gotta see it. The Phoenix returns."
2012 marks the 40th anniversary of Frampton solo debut Wind Of Change, his first after leaving Humble Pie and kick-starting his legendary solo career. He told us that there were no guarantees that he would have what it takes to make it on his own -- but chose to build his audience, first and foremost, as a live act: "We just jumped on every tour we could. We did as many gigs as we felt like doing, really. It was in the days where it wasn't as prohibitive, obviously, financially to tour. So the way to do it -- I'd done it with Humble Pie, and was gonna do it again -- was to build a following by playing in front of as many people in the shortest space of time as I could."
Peter Frampton tour dates (subject to change):
August 3 - Otsego, MN - Rockwoods Jamfest
August 4 - Rockford, IL - Davis Park
August 7 - Buffalo, NY - Artpark
August 8 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion
August 10 - Greensboro, NC - Coliseum Complex
August 11 - Asheville, NC - Biltmore