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Skynyrd, Frampton ready to rock in Murphys


Clay Patrick McBride / Courtesy photo Classic rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform Sunday with guitar legend Peter Frampton at Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Lynyrd Skynyrd and Grammy Award-winning guitarist Peter Frampton will perform Sunday at Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys.

Skynyrd and Frampton have been touring together since the 1970s and will wrap up another run of dates this weekend with their show in Calaveras County.

With a catalog of more than 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million worldwide, Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations.

Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to build on the legacy that began more than 40 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida. Their 2012 album, “Last of a Dyin’ Breed,” debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200, making it their highest charting album since 1977.

Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, the band also includes Mark “Sparky” Matejka (guitar), Johnny Colt (bass), Peter Keys (keyboards), Dale Krantz Rossington (backing vocals) and Carol Chase (backing vocals).

“People may say, ‘they need the money,’ well I don’t think any of us need the money,” Van Zant said in a statement. “It’s just that we love the music. It’s bigger than the money, it’s not even about that any more. We have to make a living, sure, but it’s about the legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and what it stands for, what the fans are all about. There’s nothing like getting out there playing a great show with Skynyrd and seeing people love this music.”

The band has released numerous classic rock anthems, including “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Simple Man” and “Free Bird.”

Meanwhile, British rocker Frampton remains one of the most celebrated guitarists in rock history.

At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band The Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie.

His session work includes collaborations with such legendary artists as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr, John Entwistle and many others.

In 2014, Frampton was inducted in the Musicians Hall of Fame, and played an integral part in the 50th anniversary celebration of The Beatles’ arrival in the U.S. by performing on CBS’ “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles.”

His fifth solo album, the electrifying “Frampton Comes Alive!,” is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and remains one of the top-selling live records of all time.

In addition, he continues to tour non-stop, including Frampton’s Guitar Circus and Peter Frampton Raw, an acoustic tour.

Frampton’s latest album, “Acoustic Classics,” features stripped-down versions of his classic hits including “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Lines On My Face,” “Do You Feel Like I Do,” “Show Me The Way” and more.

• What: Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton.

• When: Sunday, 7 p.m.

• Where: Ironstone Amphitheatre, 1894 Six Mile Rd., Murphys.

• Tickets: $50 to $245.

• Info: ironstoneamphitheatre.net