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Peter Frampton reacts to the Rock Hall of Fame induction

Peter Frampton says news of his long-awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “hasn’t really sunk in yet.” But he is still happy that the honor is his after 52 years as a solo artist.

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“I think I’m a little bit shocked and speechless,” Frampton says Billboard with a laugh from his home in Nashville. “I never expected this. People always said, ‘You have to participate.’ I said, ‘Uh, what’s going to happen,’ you know? So mixed emotions, because it’s something that I just never expected, while other people did it for me. (laughs) It’s great.”

Frampton is especially pleased that he also finished second in the fan vote with 528,000 votes – second only to the Dave Matthews Band. “You never quite know how you’re perceived,” Frampton explained. “I don’t think about that; I just do my thing. But ending up in second place actually blew me away. It’s an honor that people regard me this way. I’m just honored and blown away.”

Of course, Frampton also did his bit; during his most recent concert tour, he spoke about the nomination, placing a QR code on the video screen to take fans to the voting site in real time.

“That was amazing,” he remembers. “Every night when I said, ‘I got this call a few months ago… and my managers told me I was being nominated for the Rock…’ I never got out of ‘Fame.’ The crowd went crazy every night, and I got the feeling, ‘Well, they think I deserve to be in it.’ So that was a lot of fun from the start. It’s kind of eerie that we would be on tour during the public vote, so every night I could hopefully get a few hundred out of the few thousand, three thousand that were in the audience. And it made a difference.”

Frampton sees the 2024 Rock Hall lineup as “a great class to be involved with,” with many personal connections. For example, he and Foreigner founder Mick Jones go back to sessions for French singer Johnny Hallyday when Jones was his musical director and songwriter; Jones next played on “All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side)” on Frampton’s 1972 debut album, Wind of change. And Foreigner’s lineup included Rick Wills, who also played bass in Frampton’s Camel. “I was hoping they would come in too,” Frampton says. “I thought so, but you never know, so I’m very happy.”

In the musical influence category, Frampton played with Alexis Korner in the mid-1960s and was also a fan of John Mayall. “I sat front row at the Flamingo and all the clubs and watched Eric (Clapton) and so many other guitarists – Peter Green, Mick (Taylor) from the (Rolling) Stones, so that means a lot to me,” Frampton notes . “It’s just amazing that (Mayall) was a breeding ground for so many great English guitarists.”

Frampton – who started out as a teenage star in England before gaining worldwide fame with the band Humble Pie and especially his own Frampton comes to life album from 1976 – is starting to loosely think about the Oct. 19 induction ceremony night in Cleveland, although no concrete plans have been made yet. “I’m thinking about people I want to invite to play with me and all that stuff he says,” noting that number one on the list will be Sheryl Crow, who “championed” Frampton by including him last year in her induction performance. Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, Frampton – who continues to work despite the degenerative inclusion body myositis (IBM) condition he has been battling for the past six years – continues with his other work. He is planning a trip to England in June and a filmed concert for the career documentary he has been working on. He is also writing songs for a new album, his follow-up to 2021’s instrumental set Frampton forgets the words. “It just has to be the best I’ve ever done,” he says. Another tour is also a possibility, he says, “but I don’t know when that will be at the moment. We are still looking at availability and such.”