Aidin Vaziri | Peter Frampton has finally set down his guitar — only to pick up another one. On his latest album, “Acoustic Classics,” the 65-year-old British guitarist best known for the 1976’s “Frampton Comes Alive!,” one of the best-selling live recordings ever, unplugs on his classics songs like “Show Me the Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do.” Frampton, who has played sideman to everyone from George Harrison to David Bowie, is on tour in support of the new release. He spoke to us from his home in Nashville.
Q: Is it weird walking onstage without your black Les Paul?
A: It was very strange the first night. I didn’t have my wall of Marshalls. I didn’t have my Les Paul. I didn’t have my sustain. As soon as we did the first show, it was like, “OK, I love this.” It’s like I’m playing in the center of my living room and everyone is hanging on my every note. It’s a completely different experience.
Q: It’s incredible that it took so long. You never jumped on the unplugged bandwagon back in the day?
A: I never got asked.
Q: That’s all right — you got to be a character on “The Simpsons.” What more do you need?
A: Exactly. That covers it all.