Rock star Peter Frampton has revealed how his childhood friend David Bowie once saved him from a smoke-filled plane just before take-off - after having already saved him in another way years before. 

Frampton, who enjoyed huge success in the seventies with his live album Frampton Comes Alive, says the incident happened on Bowie's Glass Spider world tour, which visited Slane Castle in 1987. 

Writing in his upcoming memoir, 69-year-old Frampton said: "On that tour we had private planes, and on one flight smoke started coming out of the vents.

"Dave stands up and goes, 'Smoke! Smoke!’ So the pilot stops and the flight attendant pulls the back stairway down.

Peter Frampton

"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 two first met as teenagers at school in Bromley, South East London, where Frampton’s father was a teacher. 

The guitarist tells in his memoir, which is due in October, how Bowie had already saved him once simply by picking him for the tour as he was broke.

He was going through a rough phase despite his 1976 hit album Frampton Comes Alive! becoming a global hit.

Frampton said: "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."