April 1, 2018

Peter Frampton Live at the Surf Ballroom


Peter Frampton Live at the Surf Ballroom
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for April 1, 2018


I was able to connect with some of my old buddies from Equus recently for lunch.  I hadn't seen most of them since I left the company two and a half years ago, but we picked up where we left off like no time had passed at all.  Hopefully I'll get a chance to see them all more often now that we work closer together.


We went to the Timberwolves game on Wednesday night.  Our hometown team is in the midst of a playoff chase for the first time in like 14 years.  They are in a tie with about 5 or 6 others teams all trying to get in to the post season.  We were there to root them on as they took on the Atlanta Hawks.


It actually ended up being a pretty historic game as Karl Anthony Towns went off the chains by scoring 56 points and 15 rebounds setting a new franchise record for the highest points scored by a single player in a game.  We were so proud of him.  He was on Fire!


Jimmy Butler is still out injured, but he was spreading all kinds of cheer to the team during timeouts.


The Timberwolves won the game by a score of 126 - 114.  It's going to be close for them to make the playoffs.  As of today, they are in the 7th position with only 4 games to go.  There's several others teams with similar records, so who knows what will happen.  Knowing the kind of luck we have in Minnesota, I'm kind of nervous about it but hopefully they'll pull it together and get in there.


On Saturday night, we drove down to Clear Lake, Iowa to meet up with our old buddy, Krazy Kory, for a night on the town.


It's always good to get back to Clear Lake because we always end up seeing old friends.  Like Aimee Minette who we bumped into before the concert.  She actually sold me the engagement ring I gave to Miss Sheri some 24 years ago.  It was great getting to spend some time with her again.


At 7PM we headed to the Surf to wait for the show to begin.  Peter and his band started the show a little after 9 and we were ready to rock.


I can't say I was a huge Peter Frampton fan before the show, but I certainly know his music including songs like Show Me The Way and Do You Feel Like We Do.  We were all singing and dancing along with him and his band while they were jamming out on their guitars.


We stayed up close to the stage and made several new friends around us.


I didn't realize how cool the lighting was until I saw my photos when I came home.  They look very psychedelic.


I think you can even see Peter Frampton's Aura in this one.  Either that or it's a purple haze.


I don't know what kind of instrument this straw thing is called, but it makes some pretty cool effects with his voice.  It sure looks goofy watching him use it, though.


We were pretty close to the stage throughout most of the show, but unfortunately Peter never invited us up there to personally jam with him.  I guess I need to get better with the guitar before I can get that kind of opportunity.


He preferred to jam with his band.  Which I guess I can kind of understand.  These guys were all really good.


There were a lot of riffs, solos, duos, trios, and pretty much everything else that can be accomplished with a guitar.  I was really impressed with the intensity in which Peter performed.  This guy has been doing this for decades, but still came out and gave a riveting performance for the crowd who was loving every minute of it.


If you get the chance to see Peter Frampton in concert, I recommend it.  These guys were a lot of fun.

Here's some video clips from the show.