What was Jeff's public debut?
Jeff's public debut occurred in New York City at the tribute performance for Tim Buckley at St. Ann's Church on April 26, 1991, organized by Hal Wilner (whom Jeff later worked with on the Edgar Allen Poe spoken word collection Closed On Account Of Rabies).
Jeff was not billed as a performer because he did not want to use that performance as a stepping stone for himself, but to pay his respects to Tim.
"This is not a springboard. This is something very personal."1
-- Jeff Buckley
Jeff performed "I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain" with Gary Lucas accompanying him on guitar. He then left the audience hushed with an a cappella performance of "Once I Was."
"Technically, the tribute will be seen as my debut in New York -- which it really wasn't.
"It wasn't my work, it wasn't my life," Jeff recalls. "But it bothered me that I hadn't been to his funeral, that I'd never been able to tell him anything. I used that show to pay my last respects."2
Dye, David. "World Cafe." WXPN Interview, Winter 1993/94
Diehl, Matt. "The Son Also Rises: Fighting the Hype and Weight of His Father's Legend." Rolling Stone, October 20, 1994, Issue 693, Page 69
26 May 1998
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