Grammy Winner Frampton to Perform During Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Busch Series Weekend
Legendary rock guitarist and 2006 Grammy Award-winning artist Peter Frampton will help bring Kentucky Speedway's largest event of the season alive by performing his only area concert of the summer prior to start of the June 16 NASCAR Busch Series "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo."
Frampton also will serve as the race grand marshal and give 43 drivers the command to start their engines in front of a national ESPN audience.
"The opportunity to be race grand marshal for 'Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo' is something truly thrilling," Frampton said. "To be involved in such a tremendous racing event so close to home is definitely an honor. I've always wanted to say, 'Gentlemen, start your engines!'"
Tickets for the "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" and all 2007 Kentucky Speedway events are on sale now and can be reserved through the tickets pages of this Web site, by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223), through Kentucky Speedway ticket offices at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Suite 200, in Ft. Mitchell and the Sparta, Ky., Fan Center as well as Greater Cincinnati Meijer stores.
The Cincinnati resident's 75-minute speedway concert will mark his only area rock performance and consist of hits from his more than 30 career albums including the 2006 A&M/New Door Records/UME "Fingerprints," which recently won the GRAMMY® Award for "Best Pop Instrumental Album."
Frampton recently revisited his classic hits by releasing "Frampton Comes Alive II" on DVD and in a special 2-CD set containing 40 minutes of previously unreleased music on Jan. 30. The follow-up to the acclaimed 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the 2001 "Frampton Comes Alive" release was recorded at the Fillmore in San Francisco in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the first recording on Frampton's seminal 1976 live album. "Frampton Comes Alive II" is available on DVD for the first time. A 2007 tour is currently in the planning stages. Initial tour dates follow and future dates will be available online at http://www.frampton.com.
"We're delighted Peter and his band will make his world-renowned sound part of our largest event of the season," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "Since becoming a member of the Cincinnati community, he has devoted his time and talents to many charitable organizations. I know our fans will be looking forward to giving him the tribute he deserves."
As a boy growing up in England, Frampton adored the music of instrumental bands like the Shadows and the Ventures, as well as a potpourri of the popular jazz, blues and classical guitarists that were vital to youth at the time. Before long, he set out on an influential career in music of his own, eventually selling out arenas and garnering multi-platinum sales. Frampton returns to his roots with "Fingerprints," finally culminating his lifelong dream of recording an instrumental album in the spirit of his first musical heroes.
"This has been the CD I've been waiting to make all my life," Frampton said. "Every track has been a wonderful challenge, pushing me to raise my own bar again and again."
With a stellar cast of players, Frampton traverses a diversity of material on "Fingerprints," from American soul to Latin balladry and all-out rock tunes. To help bring his childhood musical dream to life, Frampton invited Rolling Stones Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman to play on "Cornerstones"; original Shadows members Hank Marvin and Brian Bennett to perform with him on "My Cup of Tea"; and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Matt Cameron join him for a cover of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" and the original "Blowin' Smoke." Frampton's core band on Fingerprints features longtime collaborator John Regan (bass), co-producer Gordon Kennedy (guitar and backing vocals), Arthur Stead (keyboards), and Shawn Fichter (drums).
"Fingerprints" follows Frampton's critically acclaimed 2003 release, "Now," which prompted the BBC to describe Frampton's playing as "faultless throughout." The Associated Press said, "When it comes to fiery, guitar-drenched rock, Frampton delivers." The quality and consistency of Frampton's playing was also affirmed when he earned a "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" GRAMMY® nomination for "Live in Detroit" (2000).
Recently, Martin Guitars unveiled the Martin D-42 "Frampton's Camel" Signature Edition guitar, the name of which refers to the legendary 1973 album "Frampton's Camel." Frampton and Martin will donate a portion of the proceeds from each D-42 Peter Frampton "Frampton's Camel" Signature Edition guitar to benefit the Musicares Musicians Assistance Program (MAP) Fund. Chosen by Peter, the Musicares MAP Fund provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation. Also introduced this year was the Gibson Peter Frampton Les Paul Special electric guitar. Frampton worked closely with the Gibson Custom Shop staff to develop this model, which was based on his original 1958 Gibson Les Paul Junior.
Upcoming Peter Frampton Tour Dates:
April 12 Altoona, Iowa - Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino
April 13 Joliet, Ill. - Rialto Square Theatre
May 26 San Juan, Puerto Rico - Coliseo de Puerto Rico
June 9 Hot Springs, Ark. - Hot Springs Convention Center
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