Yesterday we posted a batch of videos from a benefit dinner on Thursday night that featured music by the Warren Haynes Band with guests Gregg Allman, Peter Frampton and Eric Krasno. As we said in the post, “Despite the extremely obnoxious and ridiculously chatty audience, the performers crushed it” and we weren’t kidding on both sides. You can hear in these clips just how disrespectful the crowd was but also just how impressive the music was. Apparently we weren’t the only ones who noticed.
Iconic musician Peter Frampton posted a note on his Facebook page discussing the unfortunate crowd as well as his distaste for fan-shot YouTube videos in general…
I had a lot of fun jamming with Warren Haynes in NYC the other night. It was a benefit for Cancer which is the huge reason I did the show. When Warren calls and I’m there. He is a dear friend and I bow down to him as a player.
Unfortunately, even though it was a wonderful cause and a great band, the donors/audience had little or no interest in the music being performed. There were a few respectful music lovers standing at the front but most didn’t care who was playing. The great Greg Allman played a set with Warren after myself and had that same audience. I removed the videos from this page because I knew what the show would be like and I was right! This show was not open to the public.
I have just put a lot of time and my own money into making available a three hour show on DVD and BluRay as well as a 3 x CD set of other versions from the FCA35 tour. It is something I am very proud of. It will most likely never sell enough to cover the cost of making it. But that’s absolutely fine with me. I didn’t do it to make money. I put it out because I have been asked for years, “Where’s the film of Comes Alive?” There was just never any taken at the time.
I worked on this project purely as a labor of love. To finally make “THE” setlist available on video with as great quality as I could for both audio and video. I am proud of what we have finished and of everyone who worked on it with me. Most of all my incredible band who share a similar passion and care so much about how good the music will be every night.
When I see the quality of live performances on YouTube I cringe. It’s awful! It sounds awful and it looks awful! I understand that you have a video camera with you at all times. But you don’t always have to use it.
The show with Warren was a private jam and should have remained private.
Can’t wait to see you all out there on the road in 2013.
Happy Thanksgiving for my US friends.
Look, we appreciate where Frampton is coming from, but as music fans we can discern the wonderful once-in-a-lifetime music that was made on Thursday night from the shitty crowd that wouldn’t shut up. In fact, isn’t it better that those of us who truly appreciate watching Warren jam with Peter get to see it? At least SOMEONE enjoyed the magical performances. Let’s place that anger on the crowd of 1%ers who paid all that money, stood in the front row and didn’t shut the fuck up all night, not the guy who truly enjoyed the music and knew others would as well. Sadly, the videos from Thursday featuring Frampton have been made “private” so now no one can see them.
It’s 2012, if you perform in front of a large crowd, somebody’s going to videotape it. Sure, you’ve put out what looks to be an amazing DVD/Blu-Ray package but the reason we were interested in those videos from the benefit was because it featured Frampton jamming with the Warren Haynes Band. Now, how about these guys get together and play a public show so an audience of respectful fans can watch? Show us the way, Petey.