Watch Peter Frampton Salute His Old Friend David Bowie with New ‘Loving the Alien’ Cover

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On April 23, The Peter Frampton Band will release Frampton Forgets The Words, an instrumental covers album that finds the guitar legend tackling songs originally made famous by a number of acts spanning styles and genres.

The latest preview of the record is an especially meaningful one for Frampton: “Loving the Alien,” a song originally composed by his lifelong friend and frequent musical colleague, David Bowie, released in 1985 from the album Tonight. The video, shared on Friday, features images of Frampton and his band mates playing the song, interspersed with archival footage of Peter and David sharing the stage at various points over the years.

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It’s a touching homage to a dearly departed friend. Take a look:

“Loving the Alien” is the third song released thus far from Frampton Forgets the Words, following a rendition of Roxy Music’s “Avalon”:

And Radiohead‘s 2007 song “Reckoner”:

Fully a showcase of Frampton’s classic guitar chops, Frampton Forgets The Words is a collection of some of Frampton’s personal favorite songs.

“This album is a collection of ten of my favorite pieces of music,” he said in a statement. “My guitar is also a voice and I have always enjoyed playing my favorite vocal lines that we all know and love. These tracks are my great band and me paying tribute to the original creators of this wonderful music. So much fun to do and I really hope you enjoy it too.”

The album was recorded in Nashville and co-produced by Frampton and Chuck Ainlay, and features his trusty 1954 Les Paul Phenix — the guitar famously lost by Frampton in a 1980 plane crash and recovered 30 years later.

Other artists covered by the Peter Frampton Band on the album include George HarrisonStevie WonderLenny Kravitz, and more.

Here’s the track listing:

1. If You Want Me To Stay (Sly Stone cover)
2. Reckoner (Radiohead cover)
3. Dreamland (Michel Colombier ft. Jaco Pastorius cover)
4. One More Heartache (Marvin Gaye cover)
5. Avalon (Roxy Music cover)
6. Isn’t It A Pity (George Harrison cover)
7. I Don’t Know Why (Stevie Wonder cover)
8. Are You Gonna Go My Way (Lenny Kravitz cover)
9. Loving The Alien (David Bowie cover)
10. Maybe (Alison Krauss cover)

This release comes as Frampton continues to deal with the progressive muscle disease IBM (inclusion body myositis). In a 2019 interview with Rock Cellar’s Jeff Slate, Frampton discussed the disease and its effects:

“There will be a point over the next few years where I won’t be able to play, at least at this level. So that’s not a nice thought, obviously, but being that I’ve learnt so much, and hopefully gained wisdom along the way, I’ll find new things to do.”

In a follow-up interview from October 2020, Frampton updated his battle with IBM:

“Well, it’s progressing. That’s all I’ll say, really. It goes through plateaus and progressions, and right now I’m in a progressive stage. I’ve already gone down from nines to eights (gauge strings) on my guitar now, which is what I used to play, anyway.”