Credit: Gregg RothPeter Frampton launches the latest installment of his “Raw: An Acoustic Tour” tonight in New Albany, Ohio. The veteran guitar whiz’s unplugged trek promotes his 2016 studio album, Acoustic Classics, which, as Frampton explains to ABC Radio, features him “redoing my better-known songs and some deeper cuts just acoustically, with one acoustic [guitar], voice and maybe an overdubbed lead guitar.”
Frampton describes his Raw concerts as “Unplugged meets Storytellers,” noting, “It’s a long show, [with] a lot of talking and a lot of playing.”
He admits that when he first decided to mount an acoustic tour, he was nervous about playing live without a full band, but it didn’t take long before he changed his mind about that.
“The first night we did it, it took about 30 seconds of sitting out there and playing on my own,” Peter notes, “and I realized that this was something that I really enjoyed.”
Frampton tells ABC Radio that plenty of fans also are enjoying his stripped-down concerts and the album that inspired them.
“Some of the comments that I’ve got from the audience…[are] that they feel like I’m singing to them,” says Peter. “You know, it’s an individual thing.”
Opening all of Frampton’s Raw shows is his son, Julian, who also joins his dad for a couple of songs during Peter’s set. Accompanying Frampton is his frequent songwriting partner Gordon Kennedy.
Along with many well-known tunes from his back catalog, Peter also likely will play his recently released single, “I Saved a Bird Today,” at his concerts.
Frampton’s Raw trek wraps up on April 12 in Rutland, Vermont, and after that he and his full band will launch a summer co-headlining tour with the Steve Miller Band that begins June 15 in Holmdel, New Jersey.
Here are all of Peter’s acoustic tour dates:
3/24 — New Albany, OH, McCoy Community Center for the Arts
3/26 — Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center
3/29 — Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
3/30 — Champaign, IL, Virginia Theatre
4/1 — Skokie, IL, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
4/2 — Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live
4/4 — Cleveland, OH, Playhouse Square Ohio Theatre
4/6 — Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
4/8 — Kingston, NY, Ulster Performing Arts Center
4/9 — Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre
4/11 — Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
4/12 — Rutland, VT, The Paramount Theatre
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