Soundboard recording from the Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ. It sounds GREAT! This was the FCA 35 Tour. Enjoyable show as Frampton had recently got his old #1 guitar back after missing since the late 1970's.
Frampton Comes Alive! the live double album by Peter Frampton was released in 1976, and is one of the best selling live albums of all-time. Following four solo albums with little commercial success, “Frampton Comes Alive!” was Frampton’s breakthrough album.
The guitar Frampton principally used on the album and pictured on the album cover is a distinctive black custom 1954 Gibson Les Paul Electric Guitar (with three humbucking pick-ups as opposed to the usual two). The guitar was given to him by Mark Mariana and was used on the night the Humble Pie live album “Performance” was recorded. It was Frampton’s preferred guitar and the guitar he used almost exclusively throughout his early solo career.
In 1980, while Frampton was on tour in South America, the guitar was put on a cargo plane in Venezuela, en route to Panama. The plane crashed right after takeoff killing three people and destroying all the gear including his treasured black 1954 Les Paul Custom.
Nobody would have ever thought that the only thing recovered from the plane crash was the charred guitar. The damaged guitar was sold to a musician on the Caribbean island of Curacao. The owner of the guitar unknowingly played it in nightclubs and bars for year before a local guitar collector spotted it and contacted Frampton. After some negotiation, the guitar was eventually returned to Frampton in 2012.