British guitar virtuoso Peter Frampton rose to astronomic proportions of popularity in the 1970s and is still considered to be one of the most acclaimed guitarists in rock history. The singer, songwriter, and Grammy Awards winner is taking a collection of guitarists on tour in the aptly named ‘Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus,’ bringing with him special guests for limited engagements throughout the tour. On June 7, 2013, the ‘Circus’ came to Austin’s ACL Live and ringmaster Peter Frampton brought with him celebrated guitarist John Jorgenson.
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Frampton took the stage at 9:30pm and kicked off his set with ‘Magic Moon (Da Da Da Da Da!),’ ‘Doobie Wah,’ and followed those with tender fan favorite ‘Lines on my Face.’ It was difficult to tell who was enjoying the set more – the audience or Peter Frampton and the other musicians on the stage. The loudest and most spirited responses came when Frampton launched into ‘Baby, I Love Your Way,’ and ‘Show Me The Way,’ two of his biggest hits that are still classic rock radio staples.
Frampton delivered an outstanding live stage show and this British virtuoso is still making sweet music. With practiced ease, he gave the ACL Live audience a fierce performance, which is why he remains one of the most celebrated artists in rock history. Of ‘Guitar Circus,’ Frampton has said: ‘It’s basically reminding people that, first and foremost, I’m a guitar player.’ It was impossible to forget his guitar mastery as Frampton undeniably dazzled his fans with his dynamic performance, unequivocal gift, and charming stage presence and charisma.
Not surprisingly, the evening’s highlight proved to be Peter Frampton’s performance of ‘Do You Feel Like We Do.’ Frampton called out ‘Austin, Texas’ through his famous ‘talk-box,’ where an amplified guitar sound is driven through a plastic tube that he inserts into his mouth. John Jorgenson, who has recorded with famed artists such as Sir Elton John, got Austin to its feet with a dynamic rendition of ‘Saturday.’ When Frampton asked if whether it was all right to play an Elton John cover, Jorgenson’s reply was a clever ‘I’ll ask him tomorrow.’
Opening for Frampton was the Robert Cray Band. Cray is a multi-talented blues guitarist and singer who won Grammy Awards for contemporary blues album and blues recordings. Cray delivered a full-scale 60-minute set that drew plenty of wild applause and cheers from Austin music lovers. Cray, backed by his three-piece band, performed the following tracks: ‘Phone Booth,’ ’Two Steps From the End,’ ’Right Next Door,’ ‘Bouncin Back,’ ‘Don’t You Even Care,’ ‘I Can’t Fail,’ ‘Fix This,’ ‘Side Dish, ‘I’m Done Crying,’ and ‘Smoking Gun.’
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