Peter Frampton describes Ozzy Osbourne as ‘the Betty White of rock & roll’

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24 Apr 2024, 09:44

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Ahead of his upcoming induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, singer-songwriter Peter Frampton has shared his thoughts on some of his fellow inductees.

Ozzy Osbourne is set to be honoured for the second time, after being inducted as a member of Black Sabbath back in 2006, and guitar hero Frampton has compared the rocker to American actress and comedian. 

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Frampton said: “The man is the Betty White of rock & roll.” 

The comparison presumably refers to Ozzy’s longevity and huge popularity, given that universally-loved White’s career spanned almost seven decades before her death in 2021.

On the idea of potentially performing Crazy Train with the Prince of Darkness, Frampton said: “That would be fantastic. Let’s see what happens.” 

Frampton, known for hit songs such as Show Me the Way, Baby I Love Your Way and Do You Feel Like We Do, said: “It’s something I never expected. Because I was eligible so long ago, I kind of put it into the back of my mind,” in reference to his own induction. 

“It’s like before I got my first Grammy for my instrumental record where I didn’t sing a note. I thought, ‘Oh, I’m over this. I’ll never win a Grammy.’ And look what happened. I got a Grammy,” he added. 

Explaining that he has “never given up,” the musician added that he has “kept coming back and doing more stuff,” and has “re-built a following that is now enormous.”

Given that artists such as Mary J. Blige and A Tribe Called Quest are being inducted, he suggested: “Maybe it should be called the Music Hall of Fame as opposed to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.” He went on to describe Mary J. Blige as “an unbelievable talent” and said both acts “definitely both deserve to get in.”

Another huge name to be added to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2024 is Cher. Read all about the new inductees here

The 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place in Cleveland on 19th October.