On August 6th, Peter Frampton will headline the Buddy Holly 85th Birthday Celebration in the legendary rocker's hometown of Lubbock, Texas. Joining Frampton at the Helen Devitt Jones Theater for the birthday concert will be Duane Eddy, Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson lead guitarist James Burton, E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent, Everly Brothers guitarist and collaborator Alvin Lee, Stax icon Steve Cropper, and Crickets guitarist and Buddy Holly collaborator and songwriter, Sonny Curtis.
The concert is being presented by the Lubbock Entertainment Performing Arts Association and the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation
The Everly Brothers frequently hit the road with the other forefathers of rock n' roll, and both Don and Phil Everly struck up an immediate and close relationship with Buddy Holly. The late-Phil Everly, who was a pallbearer at Holly's funeral in 1959, recalled the scene of rock's earliest tours in an upcoming documentary called Inventing Rock N' Roll, produced by Everly Films: “The first time I met Buddy Holly was. . . Don and I joined a big package tour, y'know. . . I believe it was the Fats Domino tour. Everybody was on it — it was something. And, what it was, everybody was down in the, like, locker rooms, like at a sports event y'know, with a — everybody had a hook (laughs), y'know, for your wardrobe, and we all sat on benches and we were all in the same room and that's when we first met him. I was 18 at the time, so it was like going to college. Everybody was a contemporary and all that. It was like being in a fraternity (laughs), it was really, really something. We rode buses together on the tour and just was the best of. . . I always call it the golden age of rock.”