Joe Walsh Recalls The Time He Shared A Dressing Room With Jimi Hendrix


Eagles’ Joe Walsh gave an interview to Howard Stern on Sirius XM back in 2012. In the interview, he talked about the time when he shared a dressing room with Jimi Hendrix. September 18 was the 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death, and Howard Stern recently re-posted this interview on his Instagram to honor Hendrix.

Although Jimi Hendrix’s musical career did not cover a long time, he is still one of the most influential electric guitarists of all time. The iconic guitarist passed away at the age of 27 from a drug overdose and left a great legacy behind. Even today, Hendrix continues to inspire the musicians with his impeccable guitar skills.

September 18 marked the 50th anniversary of the legendary guitarist’s passing. Therefore, Howard Stern posted a previous interview with Joe Wash on Instagram to honor Jimi Hendrix’s legacy. In the interview, Walsh talks about the time he shared a dressing room with Hendrix and that they had a 3-4 minute jam session that significantly impacted his guitar skills.

According to the musician, the incident occurred in Youngstown, Ohio, in the early ’70s, when James Gang opened for Sly and the Family Stone and Jimi Hendrix. Walsh then admitted that he was terrified by Hendrix at that time as he had an intimidating aura.

Howard Stern’s Instagram post read:

“Joe Walsh Remembers Jamming Backstage With Jimi Hendrix (2018).

‘He’s sitting playing his guitar and I come in with mine,’ Joe Walsh recalled of the night he and Jimi Hendrix shared a dressing room.”

Here is how Joe Walsh recalled sharing a dressing room with Hendrix:

“He was in the backstage, we were in a dressing room which was like where hockey teams change. We finished, and we were in the same dressing room. He was sitting and playing his guitar, and I came in with mine. I showed him my guitar, and he showed me his.

Asked if he was intimidated by Jimi Hendrix, Joe Wash said:

“He was a wonderful guy. Of course, I was intimidated by him. He had an aura, I mean he had feathers on him, he was terrifying.”

Here is what Walsh focused on when they played together:

“He showed me his guitar, and I paid attention to the heavy strings, light strings, how high are the strings, what’s the action. He was a tough one because he was left-handed, everything was backward. That’s why he sounded like that. None of us right-handed guitar players could do what he was doing.”

Hendrix was a left-handed man, but he played the guitar upside down instead of playing a leftie guitar. It appears that Walsh thinks this is why he sounded amazing. Even though they played together for 3-4 minutes, Walsh was significantly influenced by the iconic musician because Hendrix can impact anyone at any time, even in less than five minutes.