Last Saturday, Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus came to the Greek Theatre. For this part of the tour Sonny Landreth and B.B. King are the support acts. What is the guitar circus you might ask? A show that features some of the greatest and most legendary guitarists on one bill for a whole tour with a headlining performance from Peter Frampton. Opening the show was Sonny Landreth, who is easily one of the top slide players, if not the greatest. Landreth’s band is a trio and has played every Crossroads Guitar Festival including opening the first night of Crossroads at Madison Square Garden this past year and performing at the New Orleans Jazz Festival for multiple years. Why I like Landreth’s playing so much is his unmatchable finger picking and slide technique which takes you down to his hometown of Louisiana. Landreth played for a 30 a minute set, although it felt short, there couldn’t of been a better way to kick off this unforgettable night.
Next to play was the King of The Blues himself Mr. B.B. King. At 87, King shows why he has been the King. Having a career spanning over 7 decades King still puts on a great show.
The B.B. King band took the stage and played for around 10 minutes. To get the audience ready for B.B. King each member took a solo to reaise the excitement and when King walked out the crowd went wild. King was handed his guitar, plugged in, sat down and went into. For me King has the best guitar tone. King’s set was just 4 songs, however they were quite long and also introduced the members of his 8 person band as they played quietly. While doing “The Thrill Is Gone” Peter Frampton walked out to join in for the solo. The funniest part of the show came during this when King spotted someone in the front row with kettlecorn and she brought it up and gave it to Frampton and King as they were laughing. Although Kind was only onstage around 50 minutes, he is always great to see. After seeing King live 5 times, I would definitely see him play again. Closing the show was none other than Peter Frampton.
Frampton took the stage at 9:30 and opened with a very unique version of “Benefit For Mr. Kite.” By the 5th song Frampton played one of his biggest hits “Show Me The Way,” Frampton’s most recent tour before the “Guitar Circus” was a 35th anniversary tour of his groundbreaking album “Frampton Comes Alive.” No matter what Framptons tour is in support of you can expect nothing but phenomenal guitar playing. Of course Frampton his known for his singing and writing, but his guitar skills are definitely ranked with many of the greats. For the hour and half Frampton played it was all hits and phenominal guitar playing. It wouldn’t be a “Guitar Circus” without a few special guests. Dean DelLo from Stone Temple Pilots came out to play “Plush” which was sang by Peter’s son Julian Frampton and Vasoline. The fun didn’t stop there Andy Summers from the Police came out to perform “Message In A Bottle,” as the crowd jumped out of there seats and “Synchronicity.” After Summers exited Frampton and his band continued with “Baby I Love Your Way” which the audience sang the chorus on. Frampton also played his incredible cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” which he used a talkbox on. The last song before the encore was “Do You Feel Like We Do,” which features one of the most recognized solos in which Frampton uses a talk box as well and stretches the song out just like on Frampton Comes Alive and makes the audience laugh during it. The show was already going to be unforgettable but it was the ending that really made It memorable. For the encore DeLeo and Summers returned to play “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” Frampton always does a great version of this song in his shows, but when it is played with other guitar greats like DeLeo and Summers it’s even more amazing. What’s better than a show with a set with 3 legendary guitarists plus two very special guests? Next time Frampton comes the town you won’t want to miss him!