By: Gary Graff
Peter Frampton is hoping that his next batch of new music will come from the original songs he created for his collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet last month.
In addition to some of Frampton's hits, the company danced to several new songs he created specifically for the show, including "The Promenade Retreat," "Norman Wisdom" and "Friendly Fire."
“The music will come out, but we don't know how to yet,” Frampton tells us. “I would like to get at least a track available on iTunes as we start to go out (on tour). I've got to start talking about that now, 'cause the game has changed so much, you know. I don't want it to get lost, but then odds-on it will (laughs) because that's the nature of the beast...I'm not gonna put an album out or anything like that right now. I don't know exactly how to do it the best way, and that's what I'm working on over the next couple of weeks is a way to put this out.”
Regardless of the music's commercial fate, however, Frampton is still riding high on the production's success:
“I didn't think that I would feel this great about, fulfilled with doing this. It was a welcome surprise...I tweeted something; I said, 'If you really mean it, people will really feel it,' and they really did. Those dancers, the choreographers, everyone was in, like, 180 percent and rose to the occasion and wanted it so badly to work well, and, boy, did it. It was one of the most amazing things I've ever done in my career.”
Frampton is hoping to present the ballet piece again and perhaps even send it on tour.
Meanwhile, he's preparing for the start of his Guitar Circus tour -- with guests including B.B. King, former Eagles member Don Felder, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth and others -- on Sunday (May 26) in Little Rock, Ark.
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