Frampton to play Merrill

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PORTLAND – Classic 1970s rock star Peter Frampton is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. July 15 at Merrill Auditorium.

Tickets will go on sale at noon today at the Merrill box office. People may also call 842-0800 or go online to www.porttix.com.

The guitarist was a British teen idol in the late 1960s, thanks to his work with the Herd and looks worthy of being named “Face of 1968” in several British magazines.

The following year, he joined ex-Small Faces front man Steve Marriott in Humble Pie, remaining for two years before departing for a solo career. He recorded his solo debut, “Wind of Change,” in 1972.

Recorded at San Francisco’s Winterland, 1976’s double album “Frampton Comes Alive” was a staggering success, selling more than six million copies and becoming the biggest-selling live rock album ever at that time.

It showcased Frampton’s mastery of the talk-box guitar effect and his penchant for in-concert theatrics.

The follow-up LP, “I’m in You,” produced Frampton’s biggest hit in the title track, but his career was temporarily put on hold by a near-fatal car crash in the Bahamas in 1978. Personal problems halted a full-scale comeback following his recovery.

Frampton released a self-titled album for Relativity in 1994, followed by “Frampton Comes Alive II” in 1995.


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