Peter Frampton, the legendary classic-rock icon known for “making his guitar talk,” is going on tour this summer. Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus, as it will be called, will have other notorious guitar heros hopping on board for different spans of the tour.
Frampton plans to adjust the shows to compliment the styles of the guests. B. B. King is the first of many Guitar Gods who will be performing for a portion of the upcoming dates, he signed up for three weeks in August.
“I’m so honored. I can’t wait to speak to him and thank him,” Frampton told Billboard regarding the renown King of Blues. Frampton revealed this just after performing his classic hit “Baby I Love Your Way” with runner-up contestant Terry McDermott live on the season three finale of The Voice, a song also recently covered by boy-band Emblem3 on last-week’s X Factor.
Frampton’s last official news was the October release of the DVD/BLU-RAY/CD of the Frampton Comes Alive 35th Anniversary Tour entitled FCA!35.
This tour is not the only thing the steadfast 62-year-old English rocker has to look forward to after ending a 15 year marriage with his third wife Tina Elfers in 2011. Frampton was recently reunited with his favorite guitar, which he thought had been destroyed in a cargo plane crash in 1980. The iconic 1954 Gibson Les Paul was given to him by Mark Mariana in 1970 after the guitar he was using with Humble Pie at the Fillmore West gave him feedback problems.
“I used it for both sets and my feet didn’t touch the ground,” he recalled saying, “This is the best guitar I have ever played.”
The Humble Pie albums “Rock On” and “Rocking the Fillmore” feature this guitar, as well as one of the best selling albums of all time, the 1976 solo album “Frampton Comes Alive!”
Ghatim Kabbara, the head of the tourism board of the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, and a giant Peter Frampton fan, traveled to Nashville a year ago to deliver the guitar. It was bought with public funds after a two-year negotiation with the local musician who owned the guitar. It was discovered after a local customs agent who repairs guitars in his spare time consulted a diehard Frampton fan in the Netherlands. They sent pictures to Frampton and confirmed the guitar’s identity.
The guitar, with it’s signature extra pickup, spent some time at Gibson’s custom shop recently, but it still bears the burn-marks it received before being rescued from the fiery wreckage.