Among those mourning the recent death of Gregg Allman is Peter Frampton.
An Allman Brothers Band admirer since the late 60s and a friend of Allman's since the 90s -- as well as a recent touring partner -- Frampton tells us that,
“There was a connection there. I really did enjoy his company as well as, you never really think well one day I'm gonna be friends or play with someone who's been a hero of yours...What when you meet him you meet what you see, that's it. Very quiet, genuine, very down to earth guy, just very easy to talk to and just one of the lads."
Frampton, who guested with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon Theatre in New York City more than once, adds that one of the highlights of his career was touring with Allman and his band and getting to play together each night:
"I got to sit in and play 'Dreams' with him and the band, his band and that was probably just as phenomenal as playing with the Allmans I just remember after my solo looking around at him and he gave me this big, beaming smile and pointed at me."
Frampton is planning to attend Allman's funeral on Saturday (June 3) in Macon, Ga. He recently released a new song, "I Saved A Bird," and will be touring this summer with the Steve Miller Band, starting June 15 in Holmdel, N.J.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.