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Story and photos by Terry MayerGone are the long golden locks many of us older people remember from that smash album from the summer of '76 Frampton Cames Alive, but he hasn't lost his verve for buoyant pop. Framptonmania may be long gone, but don't tell that to the many old-time fans in attendance there. Performing in front of a sold out crowd at Ferro Pavilion in Williams Bay, Wisconsin Frampton found the perfect setting for the evening with hundreds of boats that had gathered there - bobbing atop the glittering sunset reflections off of Geneva Lake. With fan favorites running rampant such as "Show Me the Way," "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do," Frampton infused newer material in seamless fashion and pepper that in with an odd, but well received, mostly instrumental rendition of Soundgardens "Black Hole Sun" and you can nearly complete the circle.
Frampton's energy was abundant and his retelling of old choruses seemingly fresh with wonder. While never considered a guitar hero, his ability to warp and bend his notes was still amazing. Seems like this guy still has it going for him with an unjaded innocence and a passion for his craft.
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