The red curtain opened to reveal the stage, the crowd moved forward with anticipation. Orange, violet and magenta velvet or silk fabric draped around the walls, and a little table adorned with white candles blazing and incense burning. Finally Jeff Martin and his new friend Terepai Richmond appeared on stage.
My heart started to beat fast when Jeff began to play his guitar and sing; I was so close I could almost touch him. It was unlike any gig I have ever been to before I was enchanted by him. That dark sexy voice of his, and the beating of Terepai’s drums. Every song played was deconstructed with a few covers thrown in. I would hear a few lines of a Tea Party song I loved and then it would morph into something different that I have never heard of before. I almost died on the spot when he started to sing five to one by The Doors.
It felt so intimate, Jeff up on stage singing and talking to us about life and music like were we all just his friends. I was excited to hear he is now living in Australia and he is working on a new album coming next year. He talked about missing his wife and how happy he was to be going home to her. How sweet is that? This rock god is so in love with his wife. My favourite songs were Black Snake Blues, and the voodoo one (can’t remember what he called it)
For as long as I love I will never forget this gig, it was truly amazing! My only regret was forgetting my camera.
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