Sunday night at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, Peter Frampton sat down for an intimate session of music and conversation. Before I rave about the show, I should do a disclaimer. I saw the Frampton Comes Alive Tour in the 70’s, and it changed my perception of music forever. Frampton was – still is in fact – so good live that you wanted the show to go on forever. So, when I heard he was going to be in Riverside I had to photograph it. Sometimes, with legends like this, photo passes might be tough to get, but Peter’s people approved my pass very quickly. I am not the least bit embarrassed to say I celebrated that email for at least a day.
So how was the show? Fantastic. Because it was an acoustic performance, he was able to cover a wide range of his library. Telling stories about each song before playing them felt amazingly intimate. It was learning more about parts of your own life.
That photo above is Peter introducing the opening act… his son Julian Frampton. As a dad myself, it was cool to watch him introduce Julian. There was a sense of pride, and it ended up being well deserved too. Julian played with Ben Sheridan, who accordion to Julian was also his ex-Starbucks barista. The two sound really good, and as you would expect, Julian has a touch of Peter’s sound and performance in him. That is not to take away from him at all. The thought that hit me during the shows that it was like something familiar, but wonderfully new.
If you were at the show, please share your thoughts in the comments below, and if you missed it, there is a gallery of images below for you. If Peter Frampton comes to the IE again, do yourself a favor – go. Seriously, he’s that good live.
One last thing… If you have read any of my posts then you will know I like the Fox in Riverside. Well, Sunday night was no exception. I watch the staff at every venue I photograph in, and the helpfulness of the Fox staff is just amazing. Thank you to Live Nation in Riverside for elevating the music scene in the IE.