How Peter Frampton met Steve Miller, saved a bird and honors Chris Cornell – Orange County Register

It’s been a long time since Peter Frampton met Steve Miller, but the British singer-guitarist remembers exactly where he was – Olympic Studios in London at the end of the ’60s – when he met his American counterpart, and co-headlining tour partner around the United States this summer.

“Glyn Johns, the engineer of engineers, was working on Steve Miller’s very first Steve Miller Band album,” Frampton says from his home in Nashville recently. “They’d already done the tracks in the big room at Olympic and were in the mix room doing background vocals.

“I just remember being in total awe,” he says. “First when I heard his guitar playing on the tracks, but then he was doing this incredible vocal overdubbing, the Steve Miller choir that only he can do.”

Frampton, who was a teen heartthrob in the Herd at the time, Humble Pie and the solo career that exploded with the live album “Frampton Comes Alive” still in his future, and Miller, whose mid-’70s radio dominance was also still a few years off, struck up a friendship then that led to shared shows throughout the careers that followed.

“We would play together in theaters, we would play together in arenas, and then we ended up playing in football stadiums,” Frampton says. “We…

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