Word has it Peter Frampton plans to perform “Frampton Comes Alive!” from beginning to end, at shows on this year’s tour. It’s a meta-brilliant move to revisit the 1976 classic, although it could prove challenging for Frampton to recreate a live performance, live.
Word has it Peter Frampton plans to perform “Frampton Comes Alive!” from beginning to end, at shows on this year’s tour.
It’s a meta-brilliant move to revisit the 1976 classic, although it could prove challenging for Frampton to recreate a live performance, live.
But you know what they say:?if you want a by-the-numbers reproduction of an artist’s work, stay home and listen to the album.
Anyway, it’s a smart move, or at least a necessary one. It could put Frampton’s most popular material back into the context from which it has become classic-rockedly extracted.
Most rock fans are familiar with “Do You Feel Like We Do,” the classic finale on “Frampton Comes Alive!” Show me somebody who can wedge a seven-minute talkbox interlude into a 15-minute song, and I’ll show you Peter Frampton.
But let’s face it: without the rest of “Comes Alive,” that song would have been just another track on a studio album no one under 40 has ever deliberately owned.
“DYFLWD” isn’t the greatest rock song of all time, it just seems like it. It’s similar with “Comes Alive.” That’s why it’s genius for Frampton to play the songs in the original order.
I’m tempted to attend one of these shows with someone who has never heard “Frampton Comes Alive!” Between songs, I could “predict” what’s coming next, with 100 percent accuracy.
I suppose if someone knows only a couple of Frampton songs, they wouldn’t know if I was right.
So that idea wouldn’t work.
Or would it??In specific cases, I could pull it off, if Frampton follows the album to the letter.
“I bet he does ‘Shine On’?next,” followed by Frampton saying, “This next one’s called ‘Shine On.’”
If Frampton replicates the original album to perfection, the crowd noise would drown me out anyway. That’s where “Frampton Comes Alive”?stands out. Between songs, the crowd often erupts into such an ear-smashing roar, you’d swear they were witnessing the best thing ever.
Listening to it at home could make a listener jealous.
“Man, I wish I?coulda been at that show, man!” listeners said.
Now there’s a chance to have been there once again.
And if you can’t go, look for a live album next year, titled “Frampton (Comes Alive!) Comes Alive!”
Can’t wait to hear it. I’ll know which song is coming next. Perfect for an iPod shuffle.
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