Peter Frampton goes it alone in Michigan this week

Peter Frampton performs at the Tobin Center in San Antonio. Photo by John Lill
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CLARKSTON (WJRT) - (07/27/2016) - "The main thing is that Gary's health is ok," Peter Frampton says of his tour-mate, Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington, following heart surgery last week. "Gary Rossington has been a dear friend since the early '70s, we've worked on and off over the years together for many, many, many shows. He's a dear friend and I'm disappointed obviously, the audiences are disappointed, but I'm sure everyone would want him to be in top condition and recover and get the rest that he needs to get back on the stage to be able to do what he does so well."
Skynyrd has called off a few weeks of co-headlining concerts with Frampton over the next couple weeks, including shows at DTE Energy Music Theater Thursday and Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant Friday. And while they continue to work to reschedule the Soaring Eagle show, Frampton decided to go it alone at DTE Thursday, playing an extended set.
"When I heard that we had to deal with this situation, I said, 'Well rather than let it be cancelled, can I not just suggest that I do a longer show and we keep it going for the fans?' People are obviously going to be very disappointed that they're not going to get to see Skynyrd, and I'm sure people will have asked for their money back on that, those that are devout Skynyrd fans. But from what I can tell, a lot of people are comin' anyway and they know that I'm always going to give them a great show. So we're really looking forward to it."
Frampton has a long history with the Detroit area, having been a regular tour stop since his days in Humble Pie in the early '70s.
"We've done quite a few different nights at Pine Knob in the past when it's been an evening with. In fact we did the Live In Detroit DVD there, which has been very successful over the years. So Detroit's like a second home for me, it's just such a rock n roll audience, and they've always been so supportive of me."
It's been a busy summer for Peter, he's already done several co-headlining gigs with Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as some shows with Gregg Allman. And he says while he'll miss sharing the stage with Skynyrd Thursday, he's looking forward to stretching out the set a bit.
"It's always fun to do the co-headlining things. But I only get to play for a restricted amount of time, an hour and 15 or an hour and a half. We don't get into our stride until an hour and a half. So when we get the chance to do a two hour show, or a little bit longer, it's something that we look forward to and we can bring in numbers that we obviously can't in the shorter shows. We might even do a little bit of acoustic stuff."
And fans can expect to hear quite a bit from his breakthrough album Frampton Comes Alive, which is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this year. And Peter says the inspiration for the live release actually came from the band he had just quit.
"In Humble Pie, our audience reception was tremendous, and it was much greater than our record sales. So that's when we decided to do a live record next. Well, it was really successful, it was Humble Pie's first Gold album. And at that point I decided to leave the band and go solo. And I had an album called Frampton which came out in '75. And we were on the tour promoting that in '75, and the exact same thing was happening, record sales were ok, but the live shows were blowing up. So we thought, 'It worked with Humble Pie, it's the same situation, let's do it again.' With no idea that it would do what it's done. Nobody could foresee that."

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