Legends Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick take over the Ascend Amphitheater Stage with memorable performance

It was a homecoming of sorts for Peter Frampton as he stepped onto the Stage at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville on Sunday night. Walking into a warm and sincere greeting from the full house, Frampton starts his performance with “Something’s Happening.” Next, he rolls into “Doobie Wah” that had the crowd moving and grooving. Peter was having a great time, and on many occasions, saying he was so happy to be home in Nashville and smiling through much of the evening.

The evening’s performance included the usual Frampton standards “Show Me the Way” and “Do You Feel Like I Do” incorporating the classic voice box in true Frampton style. It was also filled with many outstanding moments, including Frampton playing his 30-year-old Phoenix (1954 Gibson Les Paul with customized pickups) to give the fans an unforgettable rendition of “I’ll Give You Money.” He also tells us the story of how he came to write “Baby I Love Your Way,” along with the old acoustic guitar that he used to write it before performing the song for us. In Frampton’s words, “it looks like crap but sounds so good.”

Other memorable moments from the evening include a rendition of the Stevie Wonder cover, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” which had the usual Frampton touch to it. An absolute treat for the fans was Frampton’s cover of the Soundgarden classic, “Black Hole Sun,” where he played the lyrics through his guitar.

Frampton finished up the evening with a two-song encore. He played a Humble Pie song called “Four Day Creep,” before finishing with a custom rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” with new lyrics. Instead of the lyric, “every mistake, we must surely be learning,” he changed it to “every mistake I don’t see us learning.” It is an incredible performance by an incredible performer!

Opening the show, rock n’ roll icon Cheap Trick was welcomed to the stage by a strong following of fans. Their 18-song, 90-minute set, has something for everybody satisfying both the ardent, long term fans as well as first timers.

Cheap Trick opens the show with “Hello There.” Their set includes many favorites such as “Ain’t That a Shame,” “The Flame,” “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police,” “Surrender,” and “Gonna Raise Hell.” They also play some less familiar songs, including “Big Eyes,” “Heaven Tonight,” and “Come On, Come On.”

Rick said he was feeling under the weather. However, it doesn’t to stop him from his usual antics, including the parade of guitars and his usual pick flicking into the crowd. At one point, he threw handfuls of picks into the crowd. Robin and his “greatest voice in rock n’ roll” and Tom with his 12-string bass were in prime form. Cheap Trick ends their show with “Goodnight” a fitting end to what was another classic Cheap Trick set!

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