Frampton Returns To A&M For 'Fingerprint'
After a nearly 25-year split, guitarist Peter Frampton is returning to A&M Records, with which he enjoyed his biggest successes in the 1970s.After a nearly 25-year split, guitarist Peter Frampton is returning to A&M Records, with which he enjoyed his biggest successes in the 1970s. The artist has inked a deal with A&M and New Door Records for the Sept. 12 release of the all-instrumental album "Fingerprint," which is the follow-up to 2003's self-released "Now."
Universal Music Enterprises president "Bruce Reznikoff said, 'You have to come back to the label, since we have all your catalog.' I said, 'I've been waiting for you to ask!'" Frampton tells Billboard.com. "I'm thrilled to be back with them."
"Fingerprint" features an array of guests, including Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and drummer Matt Cameron on an original song, "Blowing Smoke," as well as a cover of a well-known 1990s rock hit which Frampton declined to reveal.
"I remember buying 'Frampton Comes Alive' when I was a kid, and the 45 of 'I'm in You,'" McCready tells Billboard.com. "I was equating those two things while we were playing and just going, 'Wow!' He is just a sick guitar player. Maybe he doesn't get as much credit as he deserves, but he was just shredding me. He is also maybe the nicest guy I've ever met in rock."
Other contributions were turned in by guitarist Warren Haynes and the Shadows' Hank Marvin and Brian Bennett. "If I couldn't have gotten the Shadows, I would have done a Shadows number myself, because they're the reason I'm standing here talking to you," Frampton says of the long-running U.K.-based instrumental rock outfit.
Another tune was recorded with Rolling Stones principals Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts with keyboardist Chris Stainton. "Bill has been my mentor since I was 14," Frampton notes. "This song is the Stones' original section, Stainton and me. It doesn't get much better," he adds with a laugh.
Frampton is hoping to round up as many of the album's guests as possible for a one-off show and/or a DVD taping, but he notes, "It took long enough to get everybody together to do the record, so I just don't know how feasible it is."
Frampton will be on tour throughout the summer, including a June 24 gig in his Cincinnati homebase with the city's Cincinnati Pops orchestra. Several other orchestral shows will follow into the fall.