Song appears on upcoming Frampton Forgets The Words
The Peter Frampton Band’s take on Roxy Music’s “Avalon” is the latest track to be revealed off their forthcoming album Frampton Forgets the Words.
“The original is such a perfect piece of music,” Frampton explains of the song. “I really wanted to get as close to the vocal inflection as I could, and I think I almost did it! It’s a sexy kind of guitar sound, like Bryan Ferry’s vocal, and I’m very proud of it.”
Frampton Forgets The Words, due April 23rd on UMe, features instrumental tributes to some of Frampton’s favorite songs and is the follow up to his 2007 GRAMMY Award-winning instrumental album, Fingerprints. “Avalon” follows the release of the band’s take on Radiohead’s “Reckoner.”
Frampton Forgets the Words was co-produced by Frampton and Chuck Ainlay and was recorded/mixed at Frampton’s own Studio Phenix in Nashville. With his infamous 1954 Les Paul Phenix — which was lost in a plane crash in 1980 and recovered more than 30 years later — Frampton brings virtuosic guitar playing to songs by David Bowie, George Harrison, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz and more.
Peter Frampton is among the most celebrated guitarists in rock history. At 18, he co-founded one of the first supergroups, Humble Pie. By 22, he was touring incessantly and making use of the talk box which would become his signature guitar effect. He’s collaborated with such legendary artists as George Harrison, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ringo Starr, among many others, and has toured with the likes of Stevie Nicks, Greg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, and the Steve Miller Band. In 2014 he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame.
His 2019 album All Blues (UMe), was No. 1 for 15 weeks on Billboard’s Blues Chart, and his autobiography Do You Feel Like I Do?: A Memoir, released last October via Hachette Books, debuted on The New York Times Bestsellers list. His 1976 album, Frampton Comes Alive! remains one of the top-selling live records of all time and was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame last year.