He Still Has It! Peter Frampton at Laid Back Festival at Northerly Island (July 16, 2016)

Peter Frampton once told the following story at a concert. A couple is heading down to the lobby of their hotel in an elevator. The man says, “Well, let’s go see if Frampton still has it.” Frampton, who is at the back of the elevator, unbeknownst to the couple, replies “I do!” It is a fair question, since he is now 66 years. However, he proved tonight that he still has as much energy as a teenager as he ran around the stage shredding on his guitar.

Early in the set, he played “Rebel, Rebel” by David Bowie. Frampton and Bowie were great friends who performed together often. This was a fantastic tribute that the entire audience loved. Later while he played “Baby, I Love Your Way”, the happy Frampton fans sang and danced to the well know lyrics “Oh baby I love your way, everyday. Wanna tell you I love your way, everyday. Wanna be with you night and day!” Watching the crowd at the Laid Back Festival delight in this refrain,  proves this beautiful love song has survived the test of time without a scratch.

“This next song was written by Chris Cornell,” Frampton says as he launches into “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden.  This song is played as an instrumental jam and Frampton  plays it with the biggest smile on his face. It is clear he still gets great joy from just rocking out, especially with such an enthusiastic crowd.

To close out the set, he plays “Do You Feel Like We Do”. After the first few notes, everyone is already up on their feet cheering. In the middle of the song, he approaches the microphone with the talk box (aka voicebox) which provides his signature sound. Just walking towards it causes the audience to roar. He teases everyone by acting like he doesn’t know why everyone is so excited. When he finally does use the talk box, the sound is awesome. Everyone feels like he does, very happy! Frampton definitely still has it and he surely will for many years to come.

Quinn Delaney

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