Lynyrd Skynyrd & Peter Frampton Join Forces on 'Call Me the Breeze': Exclusive Video
"We've known each other on a very close level," Frampton tells Billboard. He joined the group to play J.J. Cale's "Call Me the Breeze" on Nov. 12, 2014 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
"We've known each other through thick and thin, literally," Frampton says of his association with Skynyrd. "We've played many, many concerts together. And we went through their (1977) air disaster together because my crew was off the road with me and had joined Lynyrd Skynyrd for that tour. It's just always been a pleasure to do anything with them, and I enjoyed the whole experience of doing that (tribute) show. It was much more of a family experience for me, that whole day."
The legendary guitarist's performance with the Southern rockers appears on the new Lynyrd Skynyrd -- One More For the Fans! CD/DVD set out out July 24, with a broadcast at 8 p.m. EST July 19 on AXS TV. Billboard is exclusively premiering their collaboration. Watch below.
Among the other guests who took part in the 19-song performance, which was coordinated by music director Don Was, were Gregg Allman Gov't Mule, Blackberry Smoke, John Hiatt, Jamey Johnson, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Aaron Lewis and more. Donnie Van Zant, younger brother of the late Skynyrd co-founder Ronnie Van Zant, joined Charlie Daniels for "Down South Jukin'," while current Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant performed a virtual duet with his late brother on "Travelin' Man."
"Oh man, it was a great evening," recalls Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington, the group's sole living original member. "It was a tribute to the music and everybody came. All our friends and the great artists who were there were just great. It was very humbling, and I was in awe of all those guys. To hear Gregg Allman and people I've always admired sing 'Tuesday's Gone' a little bluesy, and John Hiatt sang 'Curis Loew' (with moe.)...it was all just great, just so much fun and a great audience." Rossington adds that he particularly felt the night "was a great tribute to Ronnie and Allen (Collins) and Steve (Gaines) and all the guys who aren't here anymore."
Skynyrd is on the road this summer in North America, with dates booked into early October. The group has also "been offered a couple of deals" for a new album, the follow-up to 2012's Last of a Dying -- whose No. 14 debut on the Billboard 200 was the group's best showing since 1977.
One More For the Fans! can be pre-ordered on Amazon. The full lineup includes:
1. Whiskey Rock A Roller -- performed by Randy Houser
2. You Got That Right -- performed by Robert Randolph & Jimmy Hall
3. Saturday Night Special -- performed by Aaron Lewis
4. Workin’ For MCA -- performed by Blackberry Smoke
5. Don't Ask Me No Questions -- performed by O.A.R.
6. Gimme Back My Bullets -- performed by Cheap Trick
7. The Ballad of Curtis Loew -- performed by moe. & John Hiatt
8. Simple Man -- performed by Gov't Mule
9. That Smell -- performed by Warren Haynes
10. Four Walls of Raiford -- performed by Jamey Johnson
11. I Know A Little -- performed by Jason Isbell
12. Call Me The Breeze -- performed by Peter Frampton
13. What's Your Name -- performed by Trace Adkins
14. Down South Jukin’ -- performed by Charlie Daniels & Donnie Van Zant
15. Gimme Three Steps -- performed by Alabama
16. Tuesday's Gone -- performed by Gregg Allman
17. Travelin’ Man -- performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd With Johnny and Ronnie – Ronnie on big screen
18. Free Bird -- performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
19. Sweet Home Alabama -- performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd and the entire line-up