Peter Frampton Talks “Hitting it Off” with Terry McDermott, Comments on Emblem3’s Rendition on The X Factor
Peter Frampton is a legendary guitarist and a ‘70s icon, but in 2012, he’s been bigger than ever — particularly this week.
Not only did he sing “Baby, I Love Your Way” with Voice runner-up Terry McDermott on last night’s live Season 3 finale, but that song was also performed by boy bandEmblem3 on The X Factor last week! When Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with him on the red carpet after his performance, he spilled about what he really thought of Terry and Emblem3’s renditions of his song and if he would have auditioned for a singing competition if they existed back in the day.
Wetpaint Entertainment: How did you feel performing with Terry, who is sort of carrying the torch for classic rock music?
Peter Frampton: He’s a great person and I really enjoyed working with him. We really hit it off straight away. He’s Scottish so that helps [Laughs], but he’s a good singer. We really hit it off musically as well as personally, and I think it [“Baby, I Love Your Way”] was the perfect song to do together.
It was OK. I liked the kid’s voice and I think he did a good job. I wasn’t thrilled with the rap part, though. I’ve never heard “Baby I Love Your Way” with a rap. You know, it’s OK.
What do you think of shows like The Voice? If they were around when you were first starting out, would you have auditioned for one?
I don’t think so. I don’t know. Maybe I would have. Who knows? I find them totally nerve-racking. I don’t think I could have gone through what Terry went through — I think I would have blown it. The pressure would have been too much. I don’t know how they do it. It’s phenomenal.
What about ever being a mentor or a judge?
[I would be] a mentor. I don’t think I could be a judge because it’s like, “Oh. You were great.” It’s hard because I sort of put myself in their position. Every contestant is me, and then I hear people putting them down and I’m like, “Oh god.”
So you would be the overly-friendly judge?
I would. Yes. Either that or I would turn into Mr. Nasty. You never know.
Terry didn’t win, but he was hugely popular. Do you think that it’s a good sign for rock music that so much of America voted for him?
Oh yeah. And you know, what is in the charts isn’t necessarily representative of what everybody’s listening to. So much of it is on YouTube and online that this [the charts] is the pop side of it. There are all other types of music that a lot of people are listening to.
Do you see shows like this as helping more people discover music of the past?
Yeah. When they have people doing classic rock stuff then absolutely, yeah.
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