Last night,June 24 2014 was a great night for classic rock in Philadelphia, as the Doobie Brothers co headlines a show with Peter Frampton. You hadt o be there. More on that later. First up was Matthew Curry, as fine up and coming guitarist who Frampton spoke of highly during his 85 minute set. About 60 percent of the house was full which is impressive for an opening act who is not really known. He sounds like classic Allman Brothers
Next were The Doobie Brothers. With that annoying Michael McDonald out of the band, it is time for this band to rock. While McDonald is a a successful artist, he was wrong for this band as he took their edge off and forced them to water down the songs. This version the the Doobies is akin to letting a caged lion lose in it’s natural habitat. Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons constantly shredded on their guitars, as the band brought out off the rockers. “China Grove”, “Jesus is Just Alight With Me”, and “Black Water were all played. When they finished “South City Midnight Lady” they got a standing ovation. With the conclusion of “Takin’ It To the Streets” everyone was on their feet., you almost expected to see ReRun to drop a tape recorder with Raj trying to explain it all away , as they did on What’s Happening.
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Well the night was more than half done when Peter Frampton took the stage and showed everyone why after 40 years he is still the force to be reckoned with. When he did a blistering guitar duo with Adam Lester on I’ll Give You Money” it brought the entire house to it’s feet. On bass was Stan Sheldon who played on the monster Frampton Comes Alive. You can read an older interview with him here.
Frampton’s opening number “You had to Be there” told the entire story. It was a show crammed with guitar solos, classic tunes and the quick witted banter that only Frampton can deliver in between songs. The only down side was the show was only 85 minutes. It would have been great to see this show as a matinee with each band given three hours. That way, Frampton could tear the house down with his hits but also go off track with some more obscure songs such as “Where I Should Be”or even “Breakin’ All the Rules”.
Frampton really delivered the goods and gave the crowd what they wanted to hear. After 40 plus years he is expected to play “Do You Feel” and he did, only a radically different version that the live one. To describe it in writing does not do it justice.You had to be there.
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