Peter Frampton Leads Awesome Lineup For Buddy Holly Bash
I don't know who put this Buddy Holly Birthday Party together, but they are on point.
Back in the day, I was able to work with Robert Gamble/PJ Belly on two Buddy Holly shows featuring the Crickets, Bo Diddly, Del Shannon, and others. Since that time, many years ago, attempts to celebrate Buddy Holly's birthday have fallen short. That just changed.
The lineup for the 85th Buddy Holly Birthday Bash is just plain stacked. The face of the event is the legendary Peter Frampton. Frampton is just the kind of Buddy Holly devotee to bring awareness and expertise to this kind of show. In my opinion, Frampton could have actually pulled off playing Buddy Holly back in the day. He's humble, gregarious and simply one of the most talented musicians ever.
Now let's forget the who's who of the rest of the bill. Steve Cropper? Are you kidding me? You may know him best as the guitarist for The Blues Brothers, but he was also in Booker T & The M.G.s and has played with everyone from Otis Redding to Sam & Dave.
How about Duane Eddy? Some of you may not be able to name his twangy guitar (mostly) instrumentals, but you'd know the minute you heard them. This guy sold 12 million records before 1963.
What can be said about James Burton? He was Elvis Presley's guitar player. He also played with everyone from Johnny Cash To Elvis Costello.
Albert Lee won Guitar Player Magazine's "Best Country Guitarist" five years in a row. He's worked with Sonny Curtis and the Crickets, and even his bio mentions his love of Buddy Holly.
There's Sonny West. West was the co-writer of two of Buddy's biggest hits, "Rave On" and "Oh, Boy!"
You may have also seen the name Garry Tallent. His day job is bass player for Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band.
And finally, just to round things out, is legendary blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker. His list of credits is so extensive that I won't even go into it here.
As I said, someone curated a real Buddy Holly Birthday Bash. In fact, if this is the last one that ever happens then so be it, because this one is stacked. I don't know how they're going to fit all this talent on one stage at one time, but I guess that's the fun part. Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 26th.