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Guitar Greats: Peter Frampton

Do you...YOU...feel like Peter Frampton is one of the greatest guitarists of all time?  Okay, we'll admit that was a stretch of an attempt at some wordplay, but in all seriousness, from his time with Humble Pie to his solo career, Frampton is without a doubt one of the greats.

Obviously, he'll be forever known for his iconic Frampton Comes Alive! album, which believe it or not turned 40 this year, and to Frampton, that's okay.

In an interview with the Arizona Republic, he said he hoped the album "might sell a few copies at the time."  (It's been certified eight times Platinum by the RIAA.) But he's "very aware that when I kick the bucket, the first paragraph will be, 'The man responsible for 'Frampton Comes Alive' just dropped dead.  'Frampton Drops Dead' after coming alive all these years."

Hey, at least he has a sense of humor.  Word of advice, though:  Just put your cell phone away during one of his shows, especially if he asks you multiple times to do so.

 

Humble Pie larking about. From left to right; Peter Frampton, Jerry Shirley, Gregg Ridley and Steve Marriott on July 13th, 1970.

 

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton of Humble Pie performs on stage at Hyde Park, London, 3rd July 1971. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Peter Frampton of Humble Pie performs on stage at Hyde Park, London, 3rd July 1971.

 

Peter Frampton performs live on stage in London in 1972.

 

Peter Frampton rehearsing with his group, Frampton's Camel, 12th February 1973. Frampton's Camel released an eponymous album the following October.

 

Peter Frampton performing live onstage, playing Gibson Les Paul Custom.

 

Peter Frampton in concert at the Los Angles Forum, December 7, 1976 in Inglewood, California.

 

Peter Frampton performs on stage, JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, 11th June 1977.

 

Peter Frampton and David Bowie performing live onstage at the Cat Club.

 

Peter Frampton performs onstage at the Park West Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois, March 23, 1992.

 

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band in Concert, 1997

Jack Bruce and Peter Frampton during Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band in Concert, 1997 at Univeral Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Jack Bruce and Peter Frampton during Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band in Concert, 1997 at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, United States.

 

Peter Frampton at the Oneida Nation''s Turning Stone Casino Resort, July 20, 2000 in Verona, NY.

 

Peter Frampton at Shepherds Bush Empire - February 20th, 2004.

Peter Frampton and Joe Satriani during 6th Annual Jammy Awards - Show and Backstage at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

 

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Peter Frampton plays a gig at the Gibson booth at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 8, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology tradeshow, runs through January 10 and features 2,700 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 140,000 attendees.

Peter Frampton plays a gig at the Gibson booth at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 8, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Peter Frampton onstage at the Road Recovery Benefit at the John Varvatos Bowery NYC store on January 7, 2010 in New York City.

 

Warren Haynes and Peter Frampton perform at the 15th Annual Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Collaborating For A Cure Benefitat the Park Avenue Armory on November 15, 2012 in New York City.

 

Steve Lukather and Peter Frampton rehearse onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

 

Peter Frampton's Acoustic Tour at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on March 12, 2016 in Thousand Oaks, California.