Frampton Hosts 4-Hour Benefit Show For New York

CINCINNATI (AP) - Peter Frampton, the British rock guitarist who rose to stardom in the 1970s, paid homage to the late George Harrison at a concert he organized to raise money for the Sept. 11 relief fund.

During an encore Sunday night, Frampton (pictured, right) played an emotional "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" as a tribute to Harrison.

Frampton, 51, has said he owes his solo career to Harrison.

Frampton was living in his native England and performing with the British rock group Humble Pie when Harrison first asked him to play on "All Things Must Pass," Harrison's first album after the breakup of the Beatles. Frampton said that led to his first solo recording.

Concertgoers paid $60 per ticket for the four-hour "Cincinnati USA for Relief" concert. There was also a silent auction of items signed by Frampton and actors George Clooney and Sarah Jessica Parker. Director Cameron Crowe donated signed items from his movie "Almost Famous." Frampton was a consultant and had a small role in the movie about the '70s rock star scene.

Organizers said after the show that they would not have a final tally of money raised until Wednesday.

Most of the predominantly middle-aged crowd of about 1,300 came to see Frampton who hit the stage after Cincinnati-area bands played for three hours. Songs he played included his 1970s hit "Baby I Love Your Way" and his 2001 Grammy-nominated instrumental "Off the Hook."

Frampton has lived in suburban Cincinnati for about a year and says he has started the process to become a U.S. citizen.

"I am a Cincinnatian," the smiling Frampton told the crowd, pausing for a moment during the set with his three-man band.

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