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Frampton rock-solid in New Lenox

Peter Framptperforms New Lenox Aug. 2.  |  ErGallagher/For Sun-Times Media

Peter Frampton performs in New Lenox on Aug. 2. | Erin Gallagher/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 9, 2014 6:09AM



Peter Frampton can still rock, based on his performance Saturday night in New Lenox.

The legendary guitarist, 64, performed 10 songs and two encores in his show for the Triple Play Concert Series at the New Lenox Commons.

He kicked off the show with “You Had To Be There” and then performed “Doobie Wah.”

The rest of the play set included “It’s A Plain Shame,” “Lines on My Face,” “Heart to My Chest,” “Show Me The Way,” “(I’ll Give You) Money,” “Black Hole Sun” and “Nowhere’s Too Far (For My Baby).”

His last song before the encore was his 1976 hit “Do You Feel Like We Do,” from the album “Frampton Comes Alive!”

“I think it’s amazing. He’s an excellent musician,” said Sue Abraham, of New Lenox.

Fans crowded in front of the stage. One woman held an original 1977 People Weekly with a young, shirtless Frampton on the magazine’s cover. Men pretended to play along as Frampton’s fingers glided along his guitars.

Abraham’s husband, Matt Abraham, said Frampton appeals to the New Lenox concertgoers because of his age. Many of the attendees appeared to be in their 40s to 60s, and some of Frampton’s classic rock albums debuted from 1972 to 1976.

Others weren’t as thrilled.

“He’s not into the crowd. The crowd is walking away,” said Bob O’Loughlin, of Hometown. “He’s not that entertaining. This is the worst show I’ve been to all these years.”

This year’s three-concert series included Pat Benatar, who performed July 11, and will have 38 Special playing on Aug. 30.

In previous years, Heart, Rick Springfield, Styx, Foreigner and Night Ranger have been among the performers.

Frampton did not sign autographs or talk with fans, as some other acts do.

Opening for Frampton was 10,000 Maniacs, featuring Mary Ramsey. Their 1990s hits “Because the Night,” “These Are Days” and “Like the Weather” did not disappoint even without singer Natalie Merchant, who left the band in 1993.

The group is working on a new Celtic music album, which coincidentally includes an old song titled “Lady Mary Ramsey.”



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