“If Les were still alive today, I have absolutely no doubt that he and Peter would be experimenting together at Les’ house”: Peter Frampton honored with Les Paul Spirit Award

Peter Frampton performs onstage during the Artist For Action Concert Benefit for Sandy Hook Promise at NYU Skirball Center on December 07, 2023 in New York City
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Peter Frampton is being honored by the Les Paul Foundation's Les Paul Spirit Award for his innovative contributions to the music industry. The prestigious event will take place on June 9 at the Gibson Garage Nashville, on what would have been Les Paul's 109th birthday. 

The annual award is presented to an individual who embodies the spirit of the late Les Paul through their innovation in music and music technology. Frampton is particularly popular for experimenting with new technologies and music trends, with his singles Do You Feel Like We Do and Show Me the Way, synonymous with his use of the talk box. Previous award recipients include Nile Rodgers, U2's The Edge and Bob Weir.

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Janelle Borg

Janelle is a staff writer at GuitarWorld.com. After a long stint in classical music, Janelle discovered the joys of playing guitar in dingy venues at the age of 13 and has never looked back. Janelle has written extensively about the intersection of music and technology, and how this is shaping the future of the music industry. She also had the pleasure of interviewing Dream Wife, K.Flay, Yīn Yīn, and Black Honey, among others. When she's not writing, you'll find her creating layers of delicious audio lasagna with her art-rock/psych-punk band ĠENN.