Robbie Robertson Talks About Final Meeting with Levon Helm
Robbie Robertson recently appeared on the CBC Television program George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, where he spoke his emotional final meeting with friend and former bandmate Levon Helm. The co-founding member of The Band talked about going to see Helm in the hospital after attending the 2012 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony saying:
I did the induction ceremony, and then flew directly to New York and went to the hospital and I saw him, and I spent an hour holding his hand. Then a day, or a couple of days later, he passed on. I was relieved that I was able to get there, and just be there with him.
Robertson also spoke about he and Helms strained relationship, adding:
We were never not friends…What happened after I wasn’t with the Band anymore — I did leave, after The Last Waltz. I knew it was time. It was survival time, and I had to go. And years later, after that, Levon became very bitter — and he was right in saying I walked away. But he went to a whole other place in this that was never true. It just kind of ate him up, and it became part of his personality.