Guitarist and singer Peter Frampton rocked the crowd Tuesday night at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.
Frampton and his band blended the driving guitar rock for which he's best known with some jazz- and blues-inspired songs. The nearly three-hour show -- there was no opening act and only a short intermission -- included plenty of favorites such as "Show Me The Way" and a long version of "Do You Feel Like We Do." Both are from the iconic 1976 album "Frampton Comes Alive," one of the top-selling albums of all time.
There also were selections from his latest CD, "Thank You Mr. Churchill," and his 2006 Grammy-winning instrumental CD, "Fingerprints." Frampton's versatile guitar work was on full display on the "Fingerprints" selections, which included the ultra-smooth "Float" and an excellent cover of Soundgarden's hard-charging "Black Hole Sun," which Frampton has played in the past with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.
The veteran rocker had little trouble connecting with the crowd throughout the night with an easy conversational style, mentioning a fun day spent visiting galleries and shops in downtown Charleston, and his attempts to survive the sweltering heat.
His band mates, most of whom are decades younger than the 60-year-old Frampton, played with new equipment after losing theirs in the flooding that recently swept through Nashville, Tenn.
He joked that new equipment "isn't always a good thing," but it was a good thing Tuesday night. The crowd didn't come close to filling up the performing arts center, but they got a treat as guitarist Adam Lester turned in some sparkling work of his own, as did keyboardist Rob Arthur, who went toe-to-toe with Frampton on several songs. Bass player John Regan, who has been playing with Frampton for 31 years, provided a solid performance.
While introducing the band, Frampton saved drummer Dan Wojciechowski for last. Frampton said he was proud to announce that Wojciechowski is from Charleston, and after a roar of approval from the crowd, Frampton made a slow, sweeping gesture and proclaimed, "His people."
The crowd was on its feet throughout the encore, which ended with a spot-on rendition of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," a version of which he recorded on his 2003 CD "Now."