Peter Frampton

Frampton’s Guitar Circus at Thunder Valley Casino

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton

LINCOLN, CA – Frampton’s Guitar Circus thrilled fans at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Friday, with two legendary guitarists entertaining a full-house.

Following his success of the 2011/2012 world tour celebrating the 35th Anniversary of his multi-platinum live album ‘Frampton Comes Alive!,’ Peter Frampton headed back on the road with Frampton’s Guitar Circus, featuring blues legend BB King.

BB King

BB King

Throughout his tour, Frampton has been bringing a special guest. For his Thunder Valley Casino visit he brought out acclaimed songwriter, Richard Thompson. Thompson is the recipient of BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 20 Guitarists of All Time for his acoustic and electric virtuosity. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, David Byrne, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, and many others have recorded his work.

BB King Click for more images

BB King
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Another feature of this tour is fans are able to purchase the recorded version of the show they attended from FizzKicks. So far, the Thunder Valley show has not been uploaded.

BB King kicked off the show with his famous guitar Lucille, as he came shuffling out to sit down in a chair front and center. The 87-year-old King smiled and waved to the crowd most of his set. It appeared he was more comfortable interacting with the crowd than performing with his band.

BB King

BB King (R) and Peter Frampton

Once King started playing, it was evident why he’s considered The King of Blues, effortlessly picking his way around the guitar and singing with a strong bluesy sound. Fans were completely enraptured with his presence and delighted with his charismatic charm while he waved, pointed and smiled at everyone he made eye contact with.

The main event for the evening was when Frampton joined King on stage to play a couple of songs, including Kings Grammy Award winning “The Thrill is Gone.” I was excited to see the two legendary guitarists performing onstage together, but more importantly seeing the two sitting there talking to each other as if they were sitting out on the porch on a hot summer day.

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

As fans pulled out their camera phones King insisted on posing with Frampton for as many fans as possible, telling the crowd to go ahead and take pictures.

After a brief break, Frampton came out playing extended versions of “Magic Moon (Da Da Da Da Da!)” and “Doobie Wah,” both off of his third album “Something’s Happening.” It appeared he was playing on is original Les Paul that he had lost and recovered after 31 years!

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The 63-year-old Frampton got the crowd’s attention as soon as he struck up the first notes to “Show Me the Way,” with the crowd cheering and jumping to their feet.

Richard Thompson (R) and Peter Frampton

Richard Thompson (R) and Peter Frampton

Richard Thompson joined Frampton for Thompson’s song “Shoot Out the Lights,” off  his critically acclaimed album ‘Shoot Out the Lights,” followed by “Tear Stained Letter,” off his “Hands of Kindness” album.

Frampton continued on with “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Black Hole Sun” and he treated the crowd to a 20 minute extended version of “Do You Feel Like We Do.”

Finishing off the show, Frampton brought out Thompson as they played the Beatles hit “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

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Frampton is used to playing at least a three hour set, but due to time constraints he had to cut his set short. Die-hard fans in the audience continued to chant for more until they realized the equipment was being broken down and then they reluctantly headed for the exits.

This is the second time Frampton has brought his tour to Thunder Valley Casino Resort and it’s the second time that fans were left wanting more. If fans are lucky and he comes back a third time, let’s hope the start time is a little earlier so they can experience the true Frampton.


New acts added to TVCR’s 2013 Summer Concert Series


In a press release today Thunder Valley Casino Resort announced several new acts for their upcoming Summer Concert Series for 2013 and it appears this is going to be a great series.

Thunder Valley will welcome back several popular artists like Huey Lewis and the News, Peter Frampton and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

This Summer Concert Series will include the ‘Under the Sun’ tour featuring Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon & Fastball. Look for tickets for this show to sell out early.

This year joining the legendary Peter Frampton in his ‘Guitar Circus’ tour will be the equally legendary B.B. King. Another show you won’t want to miss.

“We are thrilled to add these big name entertainers to our fourth annual Summer Concert Series lineup,” said Dawn Clayton, Acting General Manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resort. “Our outdoor amphitheater is second to none in the region and as always, we will have a very well-rounded series of big name entertainers.”

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Frankie Vallie and The Four Season Saturday, June 1
Pat Benatar w/Neil Geraldo and Cheap Trick Friday, June 7
Super Summer Soul Jam click for full line up Saturday, June 8
Doobie Brothers Friday, June 14
Jeff Dunham Friday, June 21
Lynyrd Skynrd Saturday, June 22
Under the Sun w/Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray and more Friday, July 12
Huey Lewis & the News Saturday, July 13
Larry Hernandez Saturday, July 20
Chicago Saturday, Aug 3
Gladys Knight and The O’Jays Friday, Aug 9
Bill Engvall Saturday, Aug 10
Chris Isaak Friday, Aug 16
Frampton’s Guitar Circus w/ B.B. King Friday, Aug 30
Beach Boys Friday, Sept 6
Heart Saturday, Sept 22
Bad Company Friday, Sept 27

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 15 for Thunder Club Members at the casino. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, March 16 and can be purchased online at  or at the Thunder Valley Ticket Sales Office between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Rock Guitar Legend Tommy Bolin Paid Tribute On “Great Gypsy Soul”

Tommy Bolin

Tommy Bolin - Great Gypsy Soul

The CD and special deluxe edition double with bonus material was #1 on Amazon’s rock download last week.

An all-star Lineup contributes to all new recordings of “Teaser” Tracks Performing Alongside Bolin. Guests Include Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, Nels Cline, Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Brad Whitford, Joe Bonamassa  and others.

In the annals of rock history, Tommy Bolin occupied a brief, but shining stint as a brilliant guitarist who wowed those in the know with his mastery of many genres–rock, fusion, funk, reggae and heavy metal among others.   Along with a much lauded solo career that pushed the boundaries of rock/jazz fusion, Bolin played with The James Gang and Deep Purple which set him up for major solo guitar stardom which was cut short by his untimely death in 1976.

There’s been much written about the guitar wunderkind and now a top notch roster of players have signed on to pay tribute to Bolin on Great Gypsy Soul.  Produced by Greg Hampton and Warren Haynes, it’s a remarkable project that brings together major players who actually perform alongside Tommy Bolin’s playing and vocals from the recording outtakes to his solo debut album “Teaser.”  Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes (a key supporter of the project and who recently posted about it to his 150,000 Facebook fans), Nels Cline, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Brad Whitford, Joe Bonamassa, John Scofield, Derek Trucks, Glenn Hughes and Myles Kennedy all contribute to this amazing project.

The Huffington Post and Guitar World have confirmed coverage in upcoming publications.

Great Gypsy Soul was released on 429 Records on March 26th and immediately became Amazon’s #1 Rock Download for last week!  Great Gypsy Soul is both a widely available single CD format and a double CD with 39 minutes of bonus available only at

Tommy Bolin was the quintessential guitar prodigy who focused his talents within the burgeoning rock/metal scenes of the early 70′s as well as mastered a highly lauded jazz fusion technique catching the attention of rock and guitar legend peers.

It was just a matter of time before Bolin was making a name for himself playing on projects as diverse as Billy Cobham’s “Spectrum” project (considered one of the great jazz fusion recordings of all time), replacing Joe Walsh in the James Gang, playing session work on seminal fusion projects by Moxy and Alphonse Mouzon, to replacing Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple.   With the release of his second solo album “Private Eyes”, what should have been a red letter moment for Bolin, opening up for Jeff Beck in Miami, sadly turned tragic as Bolin was found dead of an overdose shortly after the gig.

Says Warren Haynes: “Many of the guests added after the fact have a close personal connection to Tommy–all share in acknowledging his place in rock history. Watching (and hearing) it all come to fruition some 35 years later was a journey of its own–well worth the travel.”

Track Listing:

Disc 1
The Grind  w/ Peter Frampton
Teaser w/ Warren Haynes
Dreamer w/ Myles Kennedy and Nels Cline
Savannah Woman w/ John Scofield
Smooth Fandango w/ Derek Trucks
People People w/ Big Sugar and Gordie Johnson
Wild Dogs w/ Brad Whitford
Homeward Strut w/ Steve Lukather
Sugar Shack w/ Glenn Hughes and Sonny Landreth
Crazed Fandango w/ Steve Morse
Lotus w/ Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Huges and Nels Cline

Disc 2 Bonus CD
Flying Fingers w/ Oz Noy and Nels Cline
Marching Bag-Movement One w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Greg Hampton, John Scofield, Sonny Landreth
Marching Bag-Movement Two w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Steve Lukather, Derek Trucks, Peter Frampton
Marching Bag-Movement Three w/ Gordie Johnson, Bolin, Nels Cline, Oz Noy, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Joe Bonamassa
Marching Bag-Movement Four w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa, Oz Noy, Brad Whitford, Peter Frampton

An Evening with Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton Concert Photography

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It was one sweet weekend out at Thunder Valley Casino and Resort with the Doobie Brothers on Friday and then the legendary Peter Frampton on Saturday. Both concerts were sold out, so if you’re thinking about going to a concert at Thunder Valley I would suggest not waiting to get your tickets.

On to Peter Frampton .  .  .

Local guitar heroes Brian Wheat and Frank Hannon from the band Tesla.

The audience was chanting “Frampton! Frampton!” in anticipation of the start of the show. Just prior to the start, William Shatner’s voice came on the loud speaker to explain the no photography or video policy, although even before the end of the performance, videos were making their way on to Youtube.

Some of you may recall Tesla’s “Modern Day Cowboy” making it onto Guitar Hero 6. Well, Tesla followed their guitar hero, who was featured in Guitar Hero 5 with “Do You Feel Like We Do” off his “Frampton Comes Alive!” album. So it was quite a treat to see the boys from Tesla meet one of their favorite guitarists.

61 year old Frampton started off the set with “Something’s Happening” and “Doobie Wah,” both songs keeping the crowd cheering and on their feet. “Lines on My Face” had the crowd sitting down, but giving him a standing ovation at the end of the song.

Cheers broke out as soon as he started “Show Me the Way”. In classic Frampton style he started in with his signature talkbox which really got the crowd going. While Frampton wasn’t the first to use the talkbox, he’s credited for bringing it mainstream with “Show Me the Way,” which was record in the “’70′s. He’s been using it in concerts ever since.

The gracious Frampton said, just prior to starting “I Want to Go to the Sun,” that a guy by the name of Carlos had asked if he could sign one of his guitars, which was the same model used by Frampton. Frampton said not only would he sign it, but he would play it. After the song, Frampton invited Carlos up on stage to give him back the guitar and gave him a big hug.

After the show I was able to talk to Carlos Pereda about how all this came about. Believe it or not, Frampton keeps tabs on his


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