Lake Believes Jimi Hendrix and ELP Collaboration Wouldn't Have Worked

04/29/2013
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(Classic Rock) The proposed collaboration between ELP and Jimi Hendrix would never have worked, Greg Lake believes.

The guitar icon was set to join the prog rock giants in 1970, but died before it happened. And while frontman Lake regrets that tragedy, he doesn't think Hendrix and Keith Emerson could have operated together in the same band.

Lake recalls the speculation over the band calling itself 'HELP', telling BackstageAxxess: "It didn't escape the notice of the press at the time." He continues: "I never believed it would have worked in the long run. It would have been great for a couple of days. Jimi was fantastic, and Keith also but two virtuoso players in one band? It would have soon melted down.

"It was very sad that when Jimi came back to England he was found dead in his flat. It was a big loss. It was a strange time for us. We'd come close to playing with him, and all of a sudden he was dead." More from Lake including other topics.

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Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission.

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