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Peter Frampton - Part Two - Off The Road with Dave Lawrence - July 2021

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Browse and hear the complete Off The Road series at hawaiipublicradio.org/offtheroad.

Today rock legend Peter Frampton returns, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence concludes two days of interviews with the legendary artist.

He was our guest early in 2021 to discuss his Do You Feel Like I Do? memoir. Peter promised he’d return, and kept his word, joining us in this second 2021 interview following the release of Frampton Forgets the Words, his recent all covers album filled with instrumental versions of some of his favorite songs.

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In part one from yesterday, Peter brings us up to speed on his plans as they relate to his Finale Tour, which was cut short by the pandemic, and inspired by his diagnosis of Inclusion-Body Myositis, or IBM, a disabling inflammatory muscle disease. He also offers some of his patented storytelling expertise, sharing the story of jamming with Sylvester Stewart, aka Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone, whose “If You Want Me to Stay” he’s covered on Frampton Forgets The Words. Peter also details covering Radiohead’s “Reckoner” and George Harrison’s “Isn’t It a Pity”, before offering more of his incredible storytelling based around Stevie Wonder’s “I Don’t Know Why” and his chance to support the musician at a Grammy Beatles Tribute in 2014. Part one concludes with discussing Peter’s cover of David Bowie “Loving the Alien”, and Peter’s hilarious story of the time he and his late, longtime friend exited an airplane together… via the emergency slide!

Today as we conclude, Peter shares more incredible stories, returning to content found in the Do You Feel Like I Do? memoir. One tale relates to The Who, and Peter's early career experience of touring as their opening act while part of The Herd, and how he caught a piece of Pete Townshend's guitar as he smashed it during a show finale, and then watched Pete glue it back together the next day! Another great story is based around Humble Pie, and Peter recounting how it was in an empty Madison Square Garden during a soundcheck that he developed their powerful cover of "I Don't Need No Doctor" - and its origins may surprise you! Finally, Peter is not just an incredible guitarist, but also a talented drummer, and he shares both his love for Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, and the story of jamming with him on the set of a movie by Beatle Ringo Starr!

We’ve also posted the complete interview below.

Peter Frampton complete July 2021 interview

Hear part one with Peter from yesterday.

Hear Peter's February Off The Road episode: part one and part two.

Hear Dave's complete interviews with Peter from 2004, 2006, 2010 phoner, 2010 hotel, 2016 and February 2021.

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Off the Road is a series of interviews with musicians that began as a way to connect remotely during the pandemic, and evolved over time to be an outlet for discussing their latest projects, hearing some classic storytelling, and offering intimate musical performances. The archive includes many hours of conversation and exclusive musical performances, speaking to artists across the musical spectrum.

Highlight guests Off the Road has welcomed include Heart, Jack Johnson, Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, System of a Down, America, Jimmy Webb, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Peter Frampton, William Shatner and The Doors.

Artists who have offered different kinds of intimate, impromptu musical performances along the way include Randy Brecker, Stray Cats, Dave Mason, Soul Asylum, Deep Purple, George Benson, Joe Satriani, 10,000 Maniacs, Herb Alpert and Al Di Meola.

Find the entire Off the Road series, including the complete interviews with each artist, at hawaiipublicradio.org/offtheroad.

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Dave Lawrence has been on the radio since 1990.
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