I often wonder what some of the artists who played the Fieldhouse are doing today, which is what led me to a Google search odyssey related to Frampton that left me feeling …well, like slug.
You see, the 62-year-old guitarist isn’t just sitting around in a mansion somewhere playing the occasional gig at a casino or fair (which for some reason have become staples for classic rock bands). First of all, the Englishman has been living right here in the States (he’s actually a U.S citizen now) for the past 12 years in an upscale neighborhood in Cincinnati, where his ex-wife is from (he got divorced 2 years ago). Last month he moved to Nashville, a city he once lived in for six years. here’s some highlights of the guy’s busy life:
- Last year he did a tour celebrating the 35th anniversary of Frampton Comes Alive and released “FCA! 35 Tour: An Evening With Peter Frampton,”
- He does a bunch of charity work, not the least of which is an upcoming trip to Mexico where he will hike through mountains and join forces with Habitat for Humanity to build a school for less-fortunate children.
- He’s got an unusual project in the works that’s slated for April. He’s been writing new music for a performance of the Cincinnati Ballet. A Billboard article explains that, “Two of the show’s segments will be choreographed to existing Frampton songs — with Frampton and his band playing live — while a third section will feature a new piece of music he’s composing with regular collaborator Gordon Kennedy.”
- He’s currently remixing some Humble Pie Fillmore shows for a CD release this year as well as a Humble Pie box set.
- He plans to tour more in 2013
Also, if you didn’t hear the story last year about him getting his famous 1954 customized Gibson Les Paul back (shown here in a photo from his Facebook page) after supposedly losing it in a plane crash in 1980, listen to the great interview he did with Alec Baldwin here.
So yeah, I’m feeling a bit unproductive when I look at the life Frampton leads. But I respect the Hell out of the guy for doing what he does and continuing to create new music. Hmm…maybe this will inspire me to keep writing these blog posts.