I knew Page was in the same room with Hendrix. Just wasn't sure if they spoke
GW: Speaking of Eddie Kramer, who worked closely with Jimi Hendrix: Did you
ever jam with Hendrix?
Page: No. And I never saw him play, either. This is a good story actually,
back in the late sixties, I went right from working with The Yardbirds,
to touring and recording with Zeppelin, and that kept me very busy. In
the first two years of any band, you just work solidly; if you're going
to make an impression that's what you have to do. We were no different.
In fact, we probably worked for three years straight. Anyway, every time
I came back from tour and Hendrix was playing somewhere, I would always
say to my self, "Oh I'm just so exhausted, ill see him next time".
I just put it off and of course, there ultimately never was a next time.
I'm really, really upset with myself for never seeing him. I really
wanted to hear him.
Now, did I ever meet him? I did actually go into a club in New York
called Salvation, and he was there, but he was totally out of it. He
didn't really know who anybody was -- he was barely conscious. Somebody
was just kind of holding him up. It is just kind of a shame that I never
really had a chance to talk with him or hear him... I heard his records,
naturally, but it would've been a thrill to see how he worked things out
on stage. That's quite another ballgame, as you know.