Do you feel (old) like we do? Peter Frampton turns 60
Let's get this out of the way right up front: Peter Frampton is definitely more '70s than '80s, but did any of us grow up without playing his epic live album Frampton Comes Alive about a billion times? (And he did have a half dozen hits in the '80s.)
Not owning Frampton Comes Alive was as close to domestic terrorism as there was back in 1976. In fact, I'd throw in Kiss Alive, Kiss Alive II, AC/DC's If You Want Blood You Got It and Neil Diamond's Hot August Night as the other live albums that were important to own during those boyish years. (Yes, I'm leaving out a dozen other great ones that appeal more to the older crowd.)
Frampton turns the big 6-0 today, and so it's natural to cue up Do You Feel Like We Do and Baby I Love Your Way. Pete would be proud of you. And if you live in Tampa Bay, you can catch Frampton (along with Yes) on June 9 at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall.
In the meantime, here's the million-dollar question: What were the must-own live albums of the '80s?
Here are five that I still own:
1. LIVE IN THE CITY OF LIGHT (Simple Minds): In 1987, Jim Kerr and company were on top of the world as the toured the planet on their Once Upon a Time tour. They were smart enough to capture it on film, live in Paris.
2. CAPTURED (Journey): Actually, it was the first Journey album I ever owned. Those were happy days.
3. BIG TIME (Tom Waits): Pretty sure this 1988 album was my first introduction to Waits. Still haven't had a chance to catch him in person.
4. STOP MAKING SENSE (Talking Heads): The gold standard of all live albums for the decade, though perhaps still better known as a concert film than a live album.
5. ARENA (Duran Duran): First let me say this: It's not a great live album. But it was a must-own for all Duranies, and so I have it still today, collecting dust no doubt, buried in a pile somewhere in my Lair.