Peter Frampton says playing guitar for David Bowie helped him regain “credibility” as a player

David Bowie and Peter Frampton
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In the late ‘80s, Peter Frampton was recruited by David Bowie to play guitar on his 17th studio album Never Let Me Down, with the electric guitar star also staying on as part of Bowie’s band for the vocalist’s 1987 Glass Spider tour.

Unbeknownst to many at the time, the Glass Spider experience proved to be a pivotal time for Frampton, who at the time felt like he was “in a sinking ship” and struggling for “credibility” following the release of his own solo album, I’m In You.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.