Following his Grammy Award-winning instrumental album, 2006's Fingerprints, Peter Frampton returns this spring with Thank You Mr Churchill (A&M/New Door/UMe) on April 27, his most personal collection to date. This summer Frampton hits the road on a co-headlining tour with YES.
The 11-song set, co-produced and co-engineered by Frampton, features the legendary guitarist at his most incisive lyrically as he tackles the battles that wage within us and the outside forces that rage around us. His searing guitar work flows over every song, setting the mood. Nowhere is this clearer than on Churchill's centerpiece, the evocative, two-part, 8-minute instrumental, "Suite: Liberte."
"This album is very autobiographical," Frampton says. "It starts with my birth, which I thank Mr. Churchill for bringing my father back from the Second World War."
Recorded at his home studio in Cincinnati, Churchill is deeply intimate, weaving tales of loss, love and redemption and the lessons learned along the way. Churchill also includes Frampton's reflective take on troubling world events, including the Wall Street bailout ("Restraint") and even the tragic case of Megumi Yokota, a Japanese girl kidnapped more than 30 years ago by North Korea ("Asleep At The Wheel").
Frampton wrote all the tracks on Churchill, penning many with longtime collaborator Gordon Kennedy. His co-producer/co-engineer, Chris Kimsey, was the engineer on Frampton's first solo record, 1972's Wind of Change. It marked the first time the two, who reunited via Facebook, have worked together in 30 years. Co-engineer Don Gunn (Death Cab For Cutie) also contributes to Churchill. Guests include Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, who also played on Fingerprints, and the legendary Funk Brothers, who appear on Frampton's Motown homage, "Invisible Man."
Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British teen band the Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive!, is one of the top-selling live records of all time.
Peter Frampton Performances
May 21 Shelton, WA Little Creek Casino Resort
May 23 Tucson, AZ Pima County Fairgrounds
June 8* West Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center
June 9* Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
June 11* Biloxi, MS Beau Rivage Resort
June 15* Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
June 16* Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
June 18* Bethel Woods, NY Center for the PerformingArts
June 20* Washington, PA Meadows Racetrack & Casino
June 23* Vienna, VA The Fiene Center
June 24* Baltimore, MD Pier Six Concert Pavilion
June 25* Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 26* Wantagh, NY Jones Beach
June 29* Big Flats, NY Tag's Summer Sound Stage
June 30* Canandaigua, NY CMAC
July 4* Blue Ash, OH Lake Forest Venue
July 7 Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino Amphitheatre
July 9* Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
July 10* Valley Center, CA Harrah's Rincon
July 11* Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
July 13* Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for theArts
July 15* Snoqualmie, WA Snoqualmie Casino
July 17* Enoch, AB River Cree Resort & Casino
July 23* London, ON Harris Park
July 24* Mattawa, ON Explorer's Point
July 28* Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
July 30** Alpharetta, GA Verizon WirelessAmphitheatre
July 31 Orange Beach, AL The Amphitheater at the Wharf
August 11 Hamburg, NY Erie County Fair & Expo
**-with Steve Miller
Be sure to look for a feature on Frampton in the July issue of Guitar Player, on news stands in early May