Frampton At Home On Stage In Artpark

Concert Review
Peter Frampton
Artpark
Lewiston, NY
Tuesday In The Park Series
August 7, 2012
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto

The one place Peter Frampton knows a little about is the stage. His domain if you will. This is where Frampton shines and appears to be a kid in an amusement park. Such was the case when Frampton again returned to one of his favorite venues, the refurbished Artpark Outdoor Stage for another stellar performance. He of course is responsible for Frampton Comes Alive, one of the greatest live albums ever. This occasion made it Peter’s third trip to Lewiston in the past four years (he played the Erie County Fair in 2010).

Kicking the show into high gear with his traditional opener “Something’s Happening Here”, Frampton and his band yet again treated the Artpark faithful to some great musicianship. It was good to see original Frampton Comes Alive bassist Stanley Sheldon, who returned to the band in 2011. It was during the band introductions where Peter and Stanley shared a quick hug to show the audience how much they appreciate each other as lone surviving members left from Frampton Comes Alive era. Guitarist Adam Lester, keyboardist, guitarist Rob Arthur and drummer Dan Wojciechowski all of whom have been with Peter now for a few years, rounded out the lineup.

Peter mentioned that he was at another show that had some inclement weather and told his band to picture they were at Artpark. He told the crowd how he loves to come and play here and said that they should have a “lovefest”. He then broke into one of his gems, “Show Me The Way” which still remains a true highlight of a Frampton live show. Another impressive point occurred during “(I’ll Give You) Money”, when Lester and Peter had a guitar duel and jammed together for a few minutes. The crowd showed their appreciation with one of the longest applauses of the evening. No show of Peter’s is complete without the classic “Do You Feel Like We Do” as it closed out the main set.

Artpark lucked out this summer in landing Frampton as he is only playing six shows. It should also be noted that this tour is called Grin and Bear It. Peter was involved in a car accident last week that is making him live up to the name. A woman rear ended him while he was stopped in traffic as she was texting and wasn’t paying attention to her driving. Frampton was okay albeit an extremely sore back and neck. He was not going to let that detour him from playing. With Frampton the show must go on. Indeed it did.

Set List
Intro/Somethin’s Happening
Doobie Wah
Lines On My Face
Show Me The Way
It’s a Plain Shame
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Baby, I Love Your Way
(I Wanna) Go To The Sun
(I’ll Give you) Money
Black Hole Sun
Four Day Creep
Off The Hook
Do You Feel Like We Do
Encore
While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Special Thanks to Maria Costello for all her help in allowing us to cover the show!

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