Peter Frampton says David Bowie saved his career

PETER FRAMPTON:  Bowie helped save his career

Peter Frampton says David Bowie re-started his career.

Frampton tells Salt Lake City's Tribune, "I have to credit my friend Dave -- David Bowie -- for having me on the Glass Spider tour, and on that Never Let Me Down record." He says that decision "re-introduced me in ’87 as a guitar player, ’round the world. And everything sort of started from there, back again."

Happy to downplay being typecast as a teen idol from Frampton Comes Alive, Peter says working with Bowie "really invigorated me personally, and I think people’s idea about me changed back to the music, that I was a musician and not just this face or image."

Four decades after being caught up in the celebrity swirl, Frampton is even comfortable poking fun at himself on TV's The Simpsons and Family Guy. But he's still a musician first -- with a summer tour locked in with The Steve Miller Band.

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THE BEACH BOYS:  Brian Wilson says there's a holiday treat on the way this year

We just turned the calendar to April, but we have some happy holiday news for you.

Brian Wilson has confirmed that his band will perform The Beach Boys Christmas Album in its entirety in a series of special shows this year. Along with such classics as "Little Saint Nick" and "The Man With All the Toys," he'll add cuts from his solo Christmas album What I Really Want for Christmas.

Several weeks after fellow Beach Boys alum Al Jardine gave us the scoop on these shows, Brian has posted them on his website. There will be 13 dates between Thanksgiving and Christmas, beginning November 28th at the Orpheum in Minneapolis.

JIMMY BUFFETT:  Salutes a Broadway classic

Jimmy Buffett is clearly getting into the Broadway vibe.

Sunday, to mark the 75th anniversary of the iconic musical Oklahoma, Jimmy joined the cast of Escape to Margaritaville to perform the Rogers and Hammerstein classic "Surrey With the Fringe on Top."

The video has been posted online. (

Paul Stanley has commented on the death of TV producer and writer Steven Bochco, calling him an “immense talent. He was a genuine lovely man who was a kindred spirit and very special. I loved our conversations and his support.”

Sammy Hagar took a shot at Van Halen with an April Fool’s joke on Sunday. He posted a photo of him and Michael Anthony with Eddie and Alex Van Halen over the caption, “Van Halen announces world tour.” He later posted the photo without the Van Halens and captioned it, “OK, the joke’s over. Looks like Mikey and I will be carrying the flag.”

Rita Coolidge will perform and be interviewed about her new album, Safe in the Arms of Time, at the Grammy Museum in L.A on May 2nd. It comes out two days later.

Justin Hayward will tour the U.S. in August ahead of The Moody Blues’ Las Vegas residency in the fall.

The Jacksons and Mark Farner will perform at the second annual Detroit Music Weekend. The free outdoor music event is set for June 14th through the 17th.

Van Morrison has added a third U.S. summer date, this one at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York on August 17th, with Willie Nelson and Family. Tickets go on sale Friday. He’ll also play the Masonic in San Francisco on August 14th and 15th.

Profiles of Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers Band will kick off the third season of Rock Legends on AXS-TV Sunday at 7pm (Central).

Chip Taylor, the Songwriters Hall of Famer who wrote the classics "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning," will perform April 20th at Opry City Stage in New York. The new venue is described as the Grand Ole Opry's first "home away from home."

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