- Peter Frampton is an Grammy award-winning rock musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose album “Frampton Comes Alive!,” is one of the top-selling live records of all time.
- The following is an excerpt from his new memoir, “Do You Feel Like I Do: A Memoir,” cowritten with Alan Light.
- In it, Frampton recounts his early days touring with English rock band the Who, including their wild nights out and endless pranks around the world.
- He remembers his first encounters with huge English acts, like the Bee Gees, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles, and how being thrust into fame and a tight knit group of iconic musicians changed the course of his career for good.
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When I had been asked to join the Herd, I thought we were very good. I had no idea, but I thought we could be a successful band. When we were first on TV and started to draw a crowd, that’s when I really realized I was the guitar player in a great band; but unfortunately, now I was the singer as well, and it wasn’t what I wanted. Don’t get me wrong — there’s nothing like going out there and singing your hit for the first time, doing the show, and girls screaming at you. That’s quite an experience and it makes you feel good.
But also I could see it was pulling the band apart, I could feel it happening.
The single went crazy, goes up to number six, so we’re in the top ten, we’re on Top of the Pops every week. Years later, when I did the show “Biography” for A&E, they interviewed Bowie. He said something like, “It was Thursday night and I put on Top of the Pops. I’m just watching and it’s good. Wait a minute! That’s Peter! What’s he doing on TV? He should be at school!” I was on TV before he was.
This is when I first met the Bee Gees, the Foundations, all these big English acts.
We were starting to do incredible business, going from clubs to theaters, and then we got an offer to do our first package tour with the Who. We were second on the bill, “From the Underworld” had got us that. Marmalade opened, then us, and then Traffic ended the first half; and then the Tremeloes and the Who played the second half.
I met Keith Moon and John Entwistle, who both became longtime friends.
They kind of took me under their wing. Keith was a lovely man — not when he was out of it, but the rest of the time he was a lovely guy, a very warm person, and so was John. They had this driver named John Wolff, known as Wiggy. He had a wig, but he never wore it. He would drive Keith’s Bentley, and Keith would be in