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PETER FRAMPTON CREDITS DAVID BOWIE FOR KICK-STARTING HIS CAREER

1/7/2013

Although Peter Frampton's career is going from strength to strength these days, he credits childhood friend David Bowie for lending a sorely needed helping hand 25 years ago. Following the release of his slow selling 1986 comeback album Premonition and an opening slot on Stevie Nicks' Rock A Little tour, Frampton was still being written off as a relic of the '70s.

He recalled to M Magazine that Bowie offered him a chance to start all over by allowing him to put his musicianship first: "The '80s were a difficult period for me. It wasn't until my dear friend David Bowie got me out on the road for the Glass Spider tour and on his Never Let Me Down record and reintroduced me as a guitar player around the world. I can never thank him enough for believing in me, and seeing past the image of the satin pants and big hair to the guitar player he first met when we played together in school."

David Bowie biographer Marc Spitz told us that Peter Frampton was able to shed new light on Bowie's teen years, having known Bowie since his childhood when Frampton's father served as Bowie's first creative mentor: "Owen Frampton was the art teacher at Bromley Tech where David Bowie went to high school -- whatever the British equivalent of high school is. And Owen Frampton was the father of Peter Frampton who obviously went on to become one of the biggest rock stars of the '70s and then was brought on tour in '87 on the Glass Spider tour as the lead guitarist. So just to have that range of perspective from the late '50s and early '60s up until the late '80s, was really valuable and a great interview. And Frampton was just the nicest guy. I'm sure people say that about him. That was one of the pivotal interviews for the book, where I knew stuff was coming together and I knew that it was probably going to work."


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