Jeff Buckley and Jimmy Page 'cried when they first met' says friend
... Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant recently hinted that the band could reunite for live shows in 2014. Plant said he was waiting on his bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones in order to kick off the reunion, blaming their silence on the fact that they are Capricorns. Meanwhile, a musical production based on Jeff Buckley
is set to open this autumn at The Old Globe in San Diego. The Last Goodbye - named after one of Buckley's most popular songs - has been conceived and adapted by Michael Kimmel and retells the story of Romeo And Juliet using songs by the late singer. Jeff Buckley
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Penn Badgley Talks Becoming Jeff Buckley In 'Greetings From Tim Buckley' at Tribeca Premiere
... Led Zeppelin's "III," whose vocals and guitar arpeggios Badgley impeccably recreates with his voice, eventually falling to his knees and enthralling the whole store in the process. Badgley performed all his singing scenes completely live -- if only for the technical ease it lent the very independent production. Jeff Buckley
Performs at the Tim Buckley Tribute Concert (1991) "It would've been hard to do without the live performance, even if I'd done singing afterward or recorded it before, which is more common, it would've stolen everything we had going for us with the vibe," Badgley said in an onstage Q&A for American Express cardmembers after the premiere Tuesday night. "It was almost impossible to rehearse -- we often had no time." The actor's vocals were also praised by Anthrax's Frank Bello, who portrays punk icon Richard Hell in the film. "I was a Jeff Buckley
fan, and you had balls of steel to do the singing and get the acoustic and just go for it," he told his costar. The film was shot as Badgley was wrapping up "Gossip Girl," which further cut into his rehearsal time - though he was able to brush up on his guitar-playing skills, having played off and on for the last 10 years. The film was directed by Dan Algrant ("People I Know," "Naked In New York"), an admitted novice to the realm of both Buckleys who quickly became educated on both musicians during the film process. "[Producer] Fred Zollo started playing me Tim and Jeff Buckley
songs and I began to get into them for the first time," Algrant said during the audience Q&A. "But when I leapt emotionally into it was the first time I heard the original concert. I just freaked out at these lyrics and [co-screenwriter] Emma [Sheanshang] and I would just go, 'Wow this Live in London album, who the heck would allow people to forget these songs?' He was a little bit before my time but something we try to remember now. We were hoping this would bring people back to this music." Penn Badgley Talks Becoming Jeff Buckley
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Jeff Buckley and Jimmy Page "cried when they met"
... parts. The synthesiser intro on 'In The Light' - he could play it on guitar and it would sound just like it. And then he would get on the fucking drums and exactly mimic John Bonham." To coincide with the 20th anniversary of Buckley's first EP, "Live At Sin-é", the story of the guitarist's early days in New York is told by his close friends, bandmates and industry associates. The new issue of Uncut (dated June 2013) is out on Thursday (April 25). Uncut is now available as a digital edition! Download here on your iPad/iPhone and here on your Kindle Fire or Nook. Jeff Buckley
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Jeff Buckley (November 17, 1966 - May 29, 1997)
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Jeff Buckley was born in Southern California, where he grew up. His parents were Mary Guibert and Tim Buckley, but Jeff was raised primarily by his mother and stepfather, Ron Moorehead. He went by the name "Scotty Moorehead" for most of his early life.
A renowned guitarist and singer-songwriter, Jeff Buckley's career was cut short by his death in 1997. Though he wrote hundreds of songs, Buckley had recorded only one studio album at the time of his death.
Jeff moved often as a child, and only met his biological father Tim Buckley once, at the age of 8. He decided to take on the Buckley name after his father, also a musician, died of a drug overdose in 1975 at age 28. Jeff played his father's tribute concert, "Greetings from Tim Buckley," in Brooklyn in 1991. The concert was Jeff's way of paying last respects to his father, but it had the unintentional effect of kicking off Jeff Buckley's musical career.
He was trained in guitar and music theory in a year-long program at the Musicians' Institute in Hollywood, CA. Listening to and experimenting with Reggae, jazz, Metal and different genres of Rock music, Buckley honed his skills in California. Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson and Nusrat Fati Ali Khan were major musical influences.
At the age of 23, after completing his music program in California, Buckley moved to New York City. Playing nightclubs in Greenwich Village, he slowly built up a fan base. The album Live at Sin-é documents his growing musical taste and improving technical talents during this time. Prior to moving to the east coast, Buckley had only sung back-up in his musical projects, but now he moved to performing solo and practicing singing publicly. Buckley played covers at first before moving to almost entirely his own growing catalog of songs.
His father's producer, Herb Cohen, offered to set Jeff Buckley up with his first studio record. Buckley flew back to Los Angeles for the deal, which became Babylon Dungeon Sessions. In October of 1992, Buckley signed with Columbia Records for a million-dollar, three-album deal.
Producer Andy Wallace, who had worked on the groundbreaking album Nevermind by Nirvana, was the next to collaborate with Buckley. Musicians Mick Grondahl on bass and drummer Matt Johnson joined Buckley to record what would be his most well-known album, Grace, in summer of 1993 in Woodstock, New York. After an extensive recording, rerecording, overdubbing and mixing process, the album was ready. Before launching Grace Buckley went on a national tour of smaller venues in support of Live at Sin-é, recorded at the Irish nightclub in New York City where he'd honed his craft.
The tour and follow-up of Grace
led to widespread recognition of Buckley's haunting songwriting talents. The songs "Last Goodbye," "Lilac Wine
," based on the version by Nina Simone, and the Leonard Cohen cover "Hallelujah
" became some of Buckley's most well-known tunes.
Buckley spent the last years of his life touring internationally, with concerts at major festivals such as Glastonbury. He produced more live albums and an incomplete album that was only available in bootleg form for several years, Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk. The album was later completed posthumously by his record label.
On May 29, 1997, Buckley died suddenly and mysteriously when he disappeared while swimming with his bandmates in the Mississippi River. According to his roadie, Keith Foti, Buckley was singing "Whole Lotta Love
" by Led Zeppelin, just before he went missing. His body was discovered in the river on June 4, 1997, and the death was ruled an accidental drowning.
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