The date: Sunday, August 18, 7:00PM at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Because if you’re a guitar fan, this is an event you won’t want to miss and will never get a chance to see again.
Peter Frampton, B.B. King and Sonny Landreth kicking out the jams on the same stage
Forget that Frampton – and his talk box – is a legend. He remains one of the top guitarists in rock history. At age 16, Frampton helped form Brit band The Herd. At 18, he co-founded the seminal rock group Humble Pie. That’s where many of you who grew up in the 70’s probably first came across him.
BB King? He and Lucille need no introduction.
Lucille’s so famous she has her own Wikipedia page, for God’s sake!
BB’s career started back in 1948 and at 76 years old, he’s still layin it down. I heard him at a meet and greet explain how he invented his signature technique of laying down a riff, singing a few notes, laying down a riff and singing a few more notes. He laughed and said, “That’s not a technique, I just never was good enough to sing and play much at the same time!”
Sonny Landreth? For my money, he’s the undisputed king of the slide guitar, the master of “slideco.” Yes, I know about Ry, Blind Willie and Mick Taylor, but I’ll whip out my #2 pencil and scratch my vote firmly in the “Landreth” box.
Bonnie Raitt describes Landreth’s fifth “official” release as, “a killer record by one of the most astonishing guitarists I know. I’m a huge fan of Sonny’s singing and writing as well as his slide playing and am thrilled he asked me to be part of the record. Let’s hope this one finally gets him riding the acclaim he so deserves.”
There you have it.
Three legends on one stage together. You don’t want to miss this one.
So what’s the concept behind The Guitar Circus?
“I took a year off after completing the Frampton Comes Alive 35th Anniversary tour in March, 2012. It was probably the most successful tour I’ve done – 116 three-hour shows over 13 months — and my manager Ken Levitan and I had to decide how to top that,” Frampton says. “I decided that I wanted to have lots of guitar players, with someone I really admire opening the evening and returning to jam with me, and old and new friends sit in and do a couple of numbers of theirs and mine. I wanted to make it a real circus, where anything can happen.”
“We sat down and made a list and lo and behold, the first person to say they were in was B.B. King. You could have blown me away with a feather. I was so honored that he wanted to leave home and join the circus – my circus!”
Frampton also chosen friends and artists he looks up to who will join him around the country in other venues, including Steve Cropper, Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Vince Gill, David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Davy Knowles, Larry Carlton, Roger McGuinn (founder/lead guitarist of the BYRDS), Richard Thompson, Leslie West (Mountain), Vinnie Moore (UFO), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Rick Derringer, Larry Carlton and Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick).
In my humble opinion, Kansas City has THE sterling line up of the entire tour. If I could make one and only one change, I’d add a fourth to the mix in the form of Kenny Wayne Shephard. I don’t want to give up any of the other three, just add Kenny.
On second thought, I’ll add a fifth, Leslie West of Mountain. Seeing those 5 doing Mississippi Queen as the encore would complete the night.
Your well-coiffed scribe will be there, so come early and let’s have a drink in the lobby before the show.
Regular Tickets ($59-$139) and VIP Package ($250) on sale now!