Gibson Custom has announced a collaboration with GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Peter Frampton for a very limited release of the Peter Frampton “Phenix” 1954 “Triple-Pickup” Les Paul Custom. A detailed and extensive replica of Frampton’s storied guitar, the limited run celebrates one of music history’s most unlikely reunions. Each of the 35 “Phenix” guitars in the series have been hand-aged by vintage guitar expert Tom Murphy and played, signed and approved by Frampton himself.
Frampton was introduced to his beloved 1954 Les Paul Custom in 1970 when, after suffering guitar issues on stage during a Humble Pie show, fan Mark Mariana loaned him the guitar. The ’54 Les Paul became an immediate favorite of Frampton’s and Mariana generously gifted it to him. Over the next decade, that very guitar was heard on some of Frampton’s biggest recordings, Humble Pie’s Rockin’ The Fillmore, Harry Nilsson’s Son of Schmilsson and the history making Frampton Comes Alive! as well as many other seminal albums in which Peter was a session player.
The duo separated in 1980 when Frampton’s cherished ’54 Les Paul was lost in a cargo plane crash in Venezuela. Miraculously, the guitar was spotted on stage in Caracas then disappeared to the Dutch island of Curaçao. In 2011, through the cooperation of the government of Curacao and a local luthier from said island, Frampton and his guitar were reunited. Now nicknamed “Phenix,” for its ability to rise from the ashes, the guitar appears with Frampton on stage and in the studio.
In addition to bearing the battle scars of Frampton’s own “Phenix,” each limited edition Gibson Custom model features a genuine mahogany body and neck, an ebony fingerboard, a pearl custom inlay and the ’54 Les Paul Custom holly veneer headstock. The series stays true to the recognizable lamp black finish of Frampton’s guitar and features heavy aging from Tom Murphy, all while maintaining exceptional playability and tone.
Peter’s First Ever Acoustic Tour!
Watch this video to see Peter talking about the Acoustic Tour!
PETER FRAMPTON’S 'PREMONITION' AND 'WHEN ALL THE PIECES FIT' RETURN TO THE MARKET ON AUGUST 28, FOLLOWED BY 'NOW' ON SEPTEMBER 4
Peter's 'Premonition' and 'When All The Pieces Fi't will be re-released on Omnivore Recordings on August 28, 2015. 'Now' will follow on September 4.
Premonition became Peter’s first release to make the BillboardTop 100 Albums in five years. Anchored by the mainstream rock hit “Lying,” the record featured a rejuvenated Frampton and nine solid tracks. He shared production duties with GRAMMY®-nominated producer Pete Solley (the Romantics, Motörhead, Oingo Boingo) and was joined by such highly regarded musicians as Steve Ferrone (Average White Band, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Tony Levin (King Crimson), Richard Cottle (Alan Parsons Project), andOmar Hakim (Sting, David Bowie). After Premonition’s release, Frampton joined his friend David Bowie on the latter’s 1987 album Never Let Me Down and its ensuing Glass Spider Tour, another step in his reintroduction to the masses.
Frampton capped off a successful mid-’80s with his tenth studio release, 1989’s When All The Pieces Fit. The album hit the Billboard Top 200, following in the wake of 1986’s Premonition.
Co-helming the project with Chris Lord-Alge (Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Stevie Nicks), Frampton also brought in some new song collaborators, notably the Rembrandts’ Danny Wilde and John Regan. Regan, who’d worked with Frampton since 1979, was also a member of Frehley’s Cometand played on records by Billy Idol, Bonnie Tyler and others. The album’s first single, “Holding On to You,” was co-written by Peter with GRAMMY®, Golden Globe®-, and Academy Award®-winner Will Jennings (“Up Where We Belong,” “My Heart Will Go On,” “Tears in Heaven”).
Now, originally released in 2003, was Peter’s 12th studio release. Proclaiming “I’m Back,” he addressed his longest gap between releases, and offered up a seriously strong collection of material. From riff-filled rockers to shimmering ballads and instrumentals, Now was not only a culmination of what made Frampton a superstar, but showed he was far from done creating. Peter reached back into his history with Bob Mayo (who played in his Frampton Comes Alive!band) on keyboards, and found a new songwriting collaborator in George Kennedy, whose resume includes tracks recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Alison Krauss, and a Song of the YearGRAMMY® for Eric Clapton’s “Change the World.
"Here's a pre-show teaser which gives some insight into what goes on every show day before myself and the band arrive. I thank our crew and all local crews for all their hard work each day. The show couldn't go on without them. Thanks to ALL from me, Dan, Rob, Stan and Adam.“
Peter’s First Acoustic Tour!
Following his summer co-headlining run with American rock legends Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton is back on the road, this time performing an acoustic only set for the first time ever. Gordon Kennedy, Frampton’s longtime collaborator and co-producer of his Grammy Award-winning album Fingerprints, will join him on tour as well as an added special guest, Frampton’s son, singer and guitarist Julian Frampton.
Peter notes, “This is a first for me and I’m very excited about doing a whole show acoustically. I couldn’t do it without the help of, my writing partner of 15 years, Gordon Kennedy who will be joining me for these shows. I see this show being ‘me’ performing the songs just as I wrote them on acoustic guitar or piano. I have done a lot of shows including 2 or 3 acoustic solo pieces and always enjoy the way it draws the audience and myself closer together.”
Julian adds, “I couldn’t be more ecstatic about the opportunity to support a legend while simultaneously spending time with family. Two birds, one stone.”