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London, Hammersmith Apollo
13th November 2011

Pics: Steve Goudie


English-born ex-Herd and -Humble Pie guitarist Peter Frampton has released four studio albums, to little fanfare. However, his fortunes changed overnight with the release of the double vinyl live album 'Comes Alive' back in 1976, which went on to sell over six million copies in the USA alone.


Like Kiss a year before, who also really hit the big time with their 'Alive' album, both artists set the template for many classic live albums in the years that followed, bringing the experience of a live concert directly into people's living rooms for the first time.

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With the cover featuring a youthful, good-looking Frampton with his flowing blonde locks and the album that spanned the smash hits of 'Show Me The Way','Baby I Love Your Way' and the seven-minute 'Do You Feel Like We Do', Peter Frampton was soon made a pin-up poster star. This was the album that made the boy from Kent a Jumping Jack Flash lad who made the cover of Rolling Stone. Thirty-five years on and minus the hair, Peter Frampton 'Comes Alive' yet again playing the album in its entirety as it was originally performed.

Using the original intro tape, Peter Frampton launched into 'Something's Happening' with his Les Paul custom black guitar similar to the one used on 'Comes Alive'. Sadly, his original beloved guitar was destroyed in a cargo airplane crash back in 1980. On bass was Stanley Sheldon, the only surviving member who performed on 'Comes Alive', Bob Mayo and John Siomos having both departed in 2004, but their memories were remembered tonight with some original touring photographs displayed on the screen during tonight's show, along with many pics of a smiling, younger Frampton in all his glory.


Frampton explained that 'Show Me The Way' was released as a studio single but never got anywhere, so when someone from the record company suggested they should try a live version, Peter was at first, understandably, not too sure on the success it would generate. This was the good-time hit that featured the talkbox which would later influence a whole host of artists to use, including Richie Sambora on Bon Jovi's global smash 'Livin' On A Prayer'.

Many sang along to 'Baby I Love Your Way' which, in later years, gained more recognition when it was used in the American show 'Family Guy'. Ending with 'Do You Feel Like We Do', I felt like rushing home to play my vinyl copy, but there was still whole lot more to come from Frampton in the second half. Before leaving for the interval, Frampton said, "after moving up from Bromley, I lived in a flat just around the corner from Hammersmith. It feels like 'Comes Alive' has come full-circle".


Playing newer material in the second half was a brave and bold move. Performing songs from his instrumental Grammy award-winning album 'Fingerprints' and last year's 'Thank You Mr Churchill' was a delight where Frampton really excelled. Highlights included 'Vaudeville Nanna And The Banjolele', with Frampton playing his grandmother's banjolele (a banjo-shaped ukulele) and including a little snippet of Lonnie Donegan's 'My Old Man's A Dustman'.

A rocking 'Road To The Sun' featured his son Julian on vocals. Nice touch. An instrumental version of Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Son' was sublime, as was the majestic Beatles encore of 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'.

This was the definitive Peter Frampton show that clocked in at over three hours of pure magic.


Something's Happening
Doobie Wah
Lines On My Face
Show Me The Way
It's A Plain Shame
Wind Of Change
Just The Time Of Year
Penny For Your Thoughts
All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side)
Baby I Love Your Way
I Wanna Go To The Sun
I'll Give You Money
Shine On
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Do You Feel Like We Do

Asleep At The Wheel
Boot It Up
Double Nickels
Vaudeville Nanna And The Banjolele
Road To The Sun
Black Hole Sun
Four Day Creep
Off The Hook
While My Guitar Gently Weeps





Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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