Peter Frampton, Platinum-Selling Guitarist and Obama Sign Theft Victim
Singer/guitarist Peter Frampton sold over 16 million copies of his album Frampton Comes Alive, making it one of the top ten selling albums of all time. Now local thieves who’ve stolen the recording artist’s Obama signs from his front yard are inadvertently turning the political swag into best sellers–and money makers for the local Dems. Says Frampton:
The more they steal my signs, the more I have to donate to my candidate to get more signs. There is an anti-productive thing to their cause.
The first time Frampton’s signs had been stolen from his home in mostly Republican Indian Hills, Ohio, was right before he played at Cincinatti’s National City Pavilion at Riverbend on August 8th. To protest, he changed into an Obama shirt for his last song. This act actually angered a lot of people, but he said he felt it needed to be done.
I would not have done that if my signs had not been stolen. The whole show I said nothing. I don’t say anything; my show is an escape. But hey, this is where I live and I felt it was time to make a tiny stand.
The British born Frampton, who has now installed a video surveillance system to protect his Obama signs, became a naturalized U.S. citizen after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, explaining:
The reason I became a citizen is because I wanted to be able to vote and be part of being an American.
And now he’s learning an important but unfortunate lesson in politics:
They are frustrating my attempt to use my First Amendment right to speech and political speech is supposedly the most protected. It bugs me that people are breaking the law because it bugs them so much.