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Peter Frampton Shows Charlotte The Way One Last Time

Finale: The Farewell Tour Stops at PNC Music Pavilion

Legendary English rocker Peter Frampton has a long and storied musical career. By the time he was twelve, Peter was already playing in a band and spending lunch breaks playing Buddy Holly songs with his schoolmate David Bowie. These early days into music led him on the path to becoming the successful musician we know and love today. As the lead guitarist and singer for The Herd, Frampton scored several British pop hits and was even named “The Face of 1968” by Rave magazine. 

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However, rock and the blues kept calling and at the age of eighteen, Peter would become one of the original members of the illustrious Humble Pie. After four albums and a live record with the band, Peter would move on to pursue a solo career of his own. His debut album Wind of Change featured both Ringo Starr and Billy Preston but it wasn’t until a few years later that Frampton would experience the height of commercial success. In 1975, Peter released the now-classic record Frampton Comes Alive!, which spawned well-known hits “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Show Me the Way,” and “Do You Feel Like We Do,” introducing the masses to the talk box which would become Frampton’s signature guitar effect. 

The album topped the charts and became a whopping success with over 8 million copies sold and is considered one of the quintessential live rock albums of all time. It also made Frampton a household name leading the way for his 1977 album I’m In You and a role in the 1978 movie Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Since then Frampton has remained active in music, releasing albums and touring the world. In 2007 he took home a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album for his record Footprints and this past June released  All Blues which debuted at number one in the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart. Unfortunately, Peter has suffered some medical setbacks with a diagnosis of inclusion body myositis, a progressive muscle disorder that causes weakness and atrophy which will make touring too difficult in the future. Due to this, Frampton is out hitting the road one last time with the Finale: The Farewell Tour and recently made a stop right here in the Queen City at the PNC Music Pavilion.

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As I arrived at the venue, the crowd was a sea of people that wanted more than anything to see this legend perform one more time. Many were sporting vintage Frampton Comes Alive tee-shirts and reminiscing about concerts past with other fans. Before the guitarist took the stage, we had one band to open the show. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening would kick things off for an evening of classic rock that nobody would forget.

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Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, ran out to his massive drum kit with his phone camera on, taking a video of the crowd. Bonham has taken a lot of heat over the years for being nothing more than a Zeppelin cover band but I always felt like he was doing it for all the right reasons, the love of the music and the memory of his father.

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It’s a great way of keeping the music alive for fans to enjoy and the crowd at PNC must have felt the same because they were loving every minute of hearing the classic Zeppelin songs.

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Bonham’s band was tight and they closed the set with a nicely done version of one of rock’s most famous songs “Stairway To Heaven.” 

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After a short break, it was time for Peter Frampton to come alive in Charlotte one more time. Before he hit the stage, a recording played during which Frampton asked that the audience take as many photos and videos as they wanted, but please only during the first three songs. He wanted everyone to live in the moment and feel the music and even joked that there’s no need to text anyone as he already told your babysitter that you would be home late. It was a rule that the majority of the crowd followed throughout the performance. Frampton, for the most part, stayed behind his mic stand, occasionally coming over to the drum kit as he tore into his classic tunes.

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One thing that really stood out about his performance was his seemingly effortless technique as he bent the strings at will and often appeared to be lost in the music at times. Peter, of course, is known as a legendary guitarist but I often forget how gifted he is vocally and when his voice soared across the venue, it was at times simply breathtaking. 

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The fans appreciated hearing all the hits and seeing Peter work the talk box but he also did a nice tribute to his former bandmates that had passed on as well as a fantastic version of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” which he dedicated to Chris Cornell’s wife and children. The audience took over most of the vocals for “Baby, I Love Your Way,” as they danced and swayed in the aisles.

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Everyone was pretty laid back but when Frampton walked over to the mic at stage right, they knew it was talk box time and they were quickly on their feet to hear Peter jam “Do You Feel Like We Do” one final time. Frampton came back out for a three-song encore of all cover songs ending the night with an exquisitely done version of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Ending the concert with the power and passion of music seemed appropriate as we all said goodbye to one of the greats. If you have the chance to see Frampton before the tour is over, don’t think about it, just do it! 

See full gallery of the night here!

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Catch this tour:

SEP11Peter Frampton – FINALE: The Farewell TourToday 7:30 PM · 3,515 guestsThe Anthem
SEP13Peter Frampton FINALE – The Farewell TourFri 7:30 PM · 2,207 guestsThe GardenManhattan, New York
SEP14Peter Frampton FINALE – The Farewell TourSat 7:30 PM · 2 friends are goingCoastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut CreekRaleigh
SEP20Peter Frampton Live in Dallas, TXFri 11 AM CDT · 947 guestsAmerican Airlines CenterDallas, TXGet Tickets
SEP21Peter Frampton FINALE – The Farewell TourSat 7:30 PM CDT · 5,446 guestsThe Cynthia Woods Mitchell PavilionThe Woodlands, TX
SEP22Peter Frampton FINALE – The Farewell TourSun 7:30 PM CDT · 9,149 guestsThe Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
SEP24Peter Frampton Finale – The Farewell TourTue 6:30 PM MDT · 896 guestsSandia Resort & CasinoAlbuquerque, NMGet Tickets
SEP26Peter Frampton FINALE – The Farewell TourThu 7:30 PM MST · 3,848 guestsComerica TheatrePhoenix, AZ
SEP28Peter Frampton Finale: The Farewell TourSat 6 PM PDT · 3,329 guestsRed Rock Casino Resort & SpaLas Vegas, NV
SEP29Peter Frampton FINALE – The Farewell TourSun 7:30 PM PDT · 987 guestsPechanga Resort Casino CareersTemecula, CAGet Tickets
OCT2Peter Frampton FINALE – The Farewell TourWed 7:30 PM PDT · 1,746 guestsCal Coast Credit Union Open Air TheatreSan Diego, CA
OCT3Peter Frampton FINALE – The Farewell TourThu 7 PM PDT · 2,947 guestsVina Robles AmphitheatrePaso Robles, CA
OCT5Peter Frampton FINALE – The Farewell TourSat 7:30 PM PDT · 3,760 guestsThe ForumInglewood, CA
OCT6Peter Frampton Finale – The Farewell TourSun 7 PM PDT · 160 guestsBlack Oak Casino ResortTuolumne, CAGet Tickets
OCT9Peter Frampton FinaleWed 7:30 PM PDT · 1,577 guestsParamount TheatreSeattle, WAGet Tickets
OCT10Peter Frampton FINALE – The Farewell Tour at Cowlitz BallroomThu 8 PM PDT · 1,670 guestsilaniRidgefield, WAGet Tickets
OCT12Peter Frampton FINALE – The Farewell TourSat 7:30 PM PDT · 3,015 guestsConcord PavilionConcord, CA
NOV9Benefit Concert Featuring Peter FramptonSat 7 PM CST · 739 guestsKeshet: Special Needs. Extraordinary Opportunities.Northbrook, ILGet Tickets
Peter Frampton Setlist PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC, USA 2019, Finale: The Farewell Tour

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