RED BANK: FRAMPTON COMES UNPLUGGED
Classic rock legend Peter Frampton comes to Red Bank with an all-acoustic concert at the Count Basie Tuesday night.
“It’s all gone,” said Peter Frampton during a TV appearance several years ago, indicating the nearly hairless head where once resided one of the most luxurious manes in all of classic rockdom. “And it’s not coming back.”
Fortunately, the platinum-plated guitarist/ singer/ songwriter hasn’t shed his easy rapport with a live audience, and when he comes to the stage of Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre Tuesday night, he’ll be serving up selections from his long career raw, as part of an all-acoustic tour.
A veteran of such vintage British bands bands as Humble Pie and the Herd, Frampton’s visage found itself competing for pin-up wallspace with 1970s heartthrobs like Shaun Cassidy when his double-LP Frampton Comes Alive became a monster hit in 1976. He went on to record, and share stages, with David Bowie, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and BB King, and over the years, he’s refined his instrumental technique, which won him a 2006 Grammy for the album Fingerprints, and displays an all-new aspect on his most recent release Acoustic Classics.
An addition to his original slate of unplugged tour dates, and scheduled for the early-ish start time of 7:30 p.m., it’s another return to Monmouth County for the 66-year-old Frampton, whose abruptly terminated 2009 gig at Asbury Park’s Stone Pony was followed by a 2010 “free apology show” that served to put him back on track with the local chapter of his loyal fanbase.
Expect dextrously delivered, intimately scaled rearrangements of Frampton concert standards like “Show Me the Way,” “Do You Feel Like I Do,” “I’m In You” and “Baby I Love Your Way,” along with early-career markers like “Wind of Change” and savvy covers of favorites by the Beatles, Buddy Holly, Eric Clapton and his old mates Humble Pie.
Reserve tickets ($39 – $99) right here — and take it here for details on available VIP packages ($179, $199) and Meet and Greet ops ($350).