Peter Frampton's hit joint tour with the Steve Miller Band rolls into the “Big Apple” tonight (June 27th) with the '70s legends teaming up to play Manhattan's legendary Radio City Music Hall. Next month marks the 40th anniversary of the ill-fated big screen Frampton-Bee Gees teamup, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Although soundtrack album peaked at Number Five on the Billboard 200 albums chart, history has marked it as the prime example of “returning platinum” — with some sources saying that over four million unsold copies were returned to distributors.
Peter Frampton recalled to us that the long shadow of the movie has at times shown itself in some comedic situations. “Well, I was with Ringo (Starr) — 'cause I've know them, except for John (Lennon) — I never met John — but I've known them all since the very early-'70s and Ringo got me to do a couple of tours of duty with All Starr Band, which was phenomenal. So, I got interviewed and Ringo was in the room (laughs) and so, the journalist said, 'How do you feel about your version of Sgt. Pepper's and the movie?' And I didn't say a word, and Ringo just said (imitates Ringo) 'Oh, we don't talk about that.' (Laughs) And I thought — 'Thank you! (laughs)”