How David Bowie saved Peter Frampton's life in 1987

News 01/05/2020

Peter Frampton reminisced the time where David Bowie had potentially saved him from death during a 1987 aeroplane incident.

That was the kind of guy he was with me, and in general. He was a lovely man.

Bowie had already saved Frampton his career when he hired the guitarist for his 'Glass Spider' world tour that same year. 

A passage in his upcoming memoir writes, "On that tour, we had private planes, and on one flight smoke started coming out of the vents." He continued, "Dave stands up and goes, 'Smoke! Smoke!' So the pilot stops and the flight attendant pulls the back stairway down. I'm in my seat, and Dave literally lifts me out of my seat and carries me down the chute. I'll never forget that. He could have run out, but he wanted to make sure I was okay. That was the kind of guy he was with me, and in general. He was a lovely man."

The pair had been friends since their schooldays, which probably gave Bowie another reason to extend the work offer to Frampton, who was struggling in the '70s. "David saw I'd become this fallen pop idol. So what could he do for me? Take me around the world and reintroduce me as a musician," Frampton wrote.

Titled 'Do You Feel Like I Do?', the guitarist' memoir is set to release on 20th October. Frampton described the memoir as his journey. "All I ever wanted to do was play guitar, and it's taken me many different places – physically and mentally. I've been to the moon and back without a rocket, but also to the depths of despair. You never stop paying your dues. Failure has been my greatest inspiration. I brush myself off and then I want to 'do it again.'"