Peter Frampton’s name is practically synonymous with the concept of live rock ’n’ roll. The singer and guitarist’s 1976 double album, Frampton Comes Alive!, is one of the most famous and successful concert recordings of all time, selling more than 17 million units and producing a number of songs that remain in high rotation to this very day.
Frampton’s drummer since 2008 is Dan Wojciechowski, a Warren, Michigan, native and graduate of the famed University of North Texas music department. Over the years, Dan’s played on countless commercials for radio and TV and recorded or toured with a number of top artists, including Olivia Newton-John, Andy Timmons Band, LeAnn Rimes, and the Backstreet Boys.
Recently Frampton released the album All Blues, a collection of his favorite blues classics featuring his touring band (including Wojciechowski), and they’re currently on the road in support of it. Unfortunately this will be Peter’s final major tour, due to his being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease inclusion body myositis.
Dan is the best drummer I’ve ever played with,” Frampton recently told Modern Drummer. “He has an immeasurable amount of technique at the ready, but his feel is the thing. He plays with the most comfortable laid-back groove. Dynamics are important with the music we play, and the musical conversations I have with Dan every night are wonderful and never planned; they always just happen. Dan’s also one of the most genuine, caring people I’ve ever met. We’re very lucky to have Dan in the band.” Anyone familiar with Frampton’s career knows that his comments about Wojciechowski are high praise indeed, given the deep skills of John Siomos, the late, great drummer who appears on Comes Alive! and Frampton’s early solo albums.
“I’m actually using the 12″ tom, 16″ floor tom, and 16×24 kick drum from John’s classic green early ’70s Ludwig kit on this tour,” Wojciechowski informs us. “I’m also using a 5×14 late-’20s standard Black Beauty snare with wider snares and die-cast rims. It’s what we used for lots of the recent studio sessions.”
Dan adds that he’s using an Evans G1 batter head on the rack tom and a G2 on the floor tom, with clear Ambassador resonants. “The thinner head on the rack adds a nice top-end presence,” he explains, “and the slightly thicker head on the floor is large to say the least. I use a DW coated Ambassador head on the snare. It’s a great combination that really covers the full range of Peter’s diverse library. I’m also very lucky to have a great drum tech, Cody Bailey, to keep the heads fresh and tune the kit perfectly to every venue.”
Wojciechowski’s current Zildjian setup includes 14″ A Custom hi-hats, a 21″ prototype crash-ride, a pair of 20″ A Custom crashes, a 20″ Rezo crash, and a 19″ medium crash. “My 20″ A Customs are very dynamic,” says Dan, “with just the right amount of sizzle, presence, and sustain when barely tapped, yet they have the body to support the heavy stuff.”
Among Dan’s must-have accessories are his Vic Firth 5B wood-tip sticks and Etymotic Research ER-4 in-ear monitors. “The ER-4s are flat and accurate with a very consistent seal,” he says. “I have an added subwoofer to my back right on the drum riser, and a stellar ear-monitor engineer, Matt Fitzgerald. I would also like to mention that we have a great front-of-house audio engineer, Jim Yakabuski—you can ‘feel the room’ from the stage, and the dynamics are really well captured.”
In terms of preparing for a tour and staying in shape on the road, Dan says, “I do a pretty extensive daily Pilates-based stretching and a core muscle-building routine, whether I’m on the road or at home. I’ve been doing this routine every day for about the last ten years, and I’ve really noticed increased flexibility and ‘centered strength.’
“I warm up at least an hour before the show with my practice kneepad,” he adds, “and a bit before soundcheck. I usually eat a very light dinner around two hours before I have to play. And I must have time for a thirty-minute power nap at some point in the afternoon, and lots of water throughout the day. If [you make it] your choice of lifestyle, then there’s not much to change when you hit the road. On tour, walking is a good overall exercise, and it’s great for the soul offstage.”
- DW drums and hardware
- Vic Firth 5B wood-tip sticks, mallets, Heritage and Live Wires brushes, Rutes, VicKick bass drum beaters, and Stick Caddy
- Zildjian cymbals
- Etymotic Research ER-4 in-ear monitors
- Snareweight drum dampener practice kneepad
- wrist/arm warmers
- walking shoes
- collapsible hot water heater, oatmeal, yogurt
- Wacaco Nanopresso with travel coffee bean grinder
- SiriusXM app
- Modern Drummer magazine app
- Apple Music library and Bluetooth speaker