Peter Frampton realized a lifelong dream of sharing a stage with “Slowhand” himself, Eric Clapton. Frampton, who is currently in the midst of his farewell tour after being diagnosed with a degenerative muscle disease, hit the stage on Friday (September 21st) at Dallas' American Airlines Center at Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival. Although the pair has known each other for well-over 50 years — with both musicians appearing on George Harrison's 1970 All Things Must Pass collection — until this weekend, they have never recorded or jammed together.
Frampton played a three-song abbreviated set, and welcomed Clapton out to recreate his legendary solo on the Beatles' “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which resulted in a once-in-a-lifetime guitar duel. Afterwards, a clearly emotional Frampton told the crowd, “You saw my dream come true.”
We asked Peter Frampton — who has been performing since he's eight-years-old — how after all the accolades and success, he still stays hungry night after night: “I’ve been doing this a long time. I don’t necessarily feel old. I mean, the brain is still working and I feel the same way about my music and everything. I still have the same drive, I haven’t lost that. That would be the time to get out of the business if I don’t care about, say, this new project. Y’know, I could’ve whipped off those 10 songs in a couple days and, stuck ‘em out, y’know? But, y’know, I’m still very, very excited by what I do — which I’m thrilled about and very lucky to have that drive, I think.”