Today on our Off the Road series, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back rock legend Peter Frampton. The talented guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and sometime drummer returns to the show ahead of his latest album due out in April, Frampton Forgets the Words, a collection of instrumental covers, and following the release of his outstanding memoir, Do You Feel Like I Do. Peter joined us from his home in Nashville.
Peter Frampton has had an amazing career that began in the 1960’s and continues to this day, with the aforementioned upcoming album covering many of the artists he also has touching stories about in his memoir. Peter joined us after his Finale Tour was interrupted by the pandemic, and shares stories about how the virus first impacted his plans early in 2020. His Finale Tour was brought about by a diagnosis of the degenerative muscle disease IBM – Inclusion Body Myositis.
Peter’s memoir, and our conversation, start with his musical aspirations beginning as a little boy, with key early experiences based around a piano in his grandmother’s house, and the subsequent discovery of a banjolele in his attic, which his father helped him learn to play. From early bands Little Ravens, The Trubeats and Preachers on through The Herd and Humble Pie, his talents were honed, leading to his remarkable solo career and significant spot in pop culture that remains strong enough to find his songs up and down the radio dial, and used as shopping music in convenience stores and other retail outlets, giving him a ubiquitous presence.
In part one of our radio feature, we explore two of the massive music icons that factor into Peter Frampton’s life journey: David Bowie and Stevie Wonder. Peter is as talented as a storyteller as he is a musician, you’ll hear.
Tomorrow we’ll dial in on two other huge connections that shaped his life, and post the complete interview.
Off the Road is a series of interviews with musicians remotely sharing how they’ve been touched by the pandemic and other crises, including hours of conversation and many exclusive musical performances, speaking to artists across the musical spectrum, including Al Di Meola, System Of A Down, Carlos Santana, 10,000 Maniacs, John McLaughlin, Third World, Linda Ronstadt, Deep Purple, and Heart.
Check out the first single from his upcoming Frampton Forgets the Words album, his cover of Radiohead's Reckoner:
Watch a short promo video of Peter describing his memoir, Do You Feel Like I Do:
See a live video of Peter performing on his Finale Tour:
Watch a classic performance of Do You Feel Like We Do from Oakland Stadium, 1977: