An avowed Beatles fan himself, Peter Frampton had a front-row view of this year's new round of Beatlemania during Grammy Week in Los Angeles.
Frampton was part of the bands that took part in several events, backing Ringo Starr when he received the Peace and Love Award from the David Lynch Foundation and also at the Grammy Awards and the taping of CBS's "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," which airs Sunday (February 9) on CBS to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the group's Sullivan appearance.
Frampton tells us it was fascinating but also touching to watch Starr and Paul McCartney reunite for performances at the latter two shows, especially playing "With a Little Help From My Friends" and "Hey Jude" for the "Grammy Salute" program:
"I think they both had reservations -- in fact, Paul mentions that on the show; He said, 'How do I honor myself?' It's sort of weird in a way, but I think the fact there were so many phenomenal people that came to the table that wanted to be part of it to honor them that it was only fitting they should come on at the end and show us how it's really done -- and boy, did they do that. It's a phenomenal end of the show… It was very moving. There were a lot of not-so-dry eyes in the house."
McCartney and Starr are also expected to appear on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Friday (February 7) to promote "The Night That Changed America."