’70s superstar and classic rock icon Peter Frampton performed an acoustic show at The Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey on Wednesday night, October 14th. Joining Frampton for the show was his son Julian.
Frampton introduced his son Julian (acoustic guitar and vocals) who was accompanied by electric piano player Ben Sheridan. The duo did an approx. 30 minute set that included covers of The Beatles’ “Hey Bulldog,” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” which he mentioned he had performed at his sister Jade’s wedding. (She was also in the audience for this show.) Julian displayed a strong voice quality which is somewhat reminiscent of his father’s.
For Frampton’s set he employed props on stage that included a coat hanger, a couple of lamps, and a vintage wooden cabneted radio. He walked on wearing a black fedora, switched on one of the lamps and hung up his Sinatra-esque hat. He then turned on the antique radio and searched the dial until he found a station playing one of his hits. He smiled, sat down and began his set.
Frampton played a vast assortment of acoustic guitars for this performance, many of which he shared stories about, including one given to him by Buddy Holly’s widow, Maria Elena Holly. This particular guitar was named Peggy Sue after one of Holly’s most famous songs, which lead into Frampton performing that classic tune. He also shared stories about George Harrison and Joni Mitchell. Frampton’s set included: “All I Wanna Be (Is by Your Side),” “Wind of Change,” “Show Me the Way,” (For this one he asked the audience to sing the electric guitar voice box ‘wah wah’ part from the original recording), “Road to the Sun,” -with lead vocals by Julian Frampton, “Change the World” written by Frampton’s long-time songwriting partner Gordon Kennedy who joined him on stage to play and sing it while Frampton had a spot of tea to sooth his voice, and two more favorites: “Baby I Love Your Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do.” For the last song of the encore, Frampton played electric piano on “I’m In You.” Then he took a bow, shut off the lamp, put on his hat and waved to the crowd as he walked off.
For a guitar hero that made most of his rep playing electric guitar in area rock type venues, Peter Frampton’s acoustic performance was well executed, effective and crowd pleasing. His voice is intact and the addition of his son on the bill was a plus that added another level of interest to a highly entertaining show.