"Suddenly, this skinny, longhaired kid who had been lounging against the wall inside sprang forward to confront me, rolling and popping his eyes, intensely vibing me with his own personal voodoo. He looked electric, on fire-as if he was about to jump out of his own skin. He was the very image of the young Tim Buckley-same sensual, red-lipped mouth, same sensitive, haunted, blazing eyes. He was a beautiful boy: so charismatic, so handsome, his chiseled face both angelic and demonic. This was obviously Jeff Buckley."
Touched By Grace is a revealing account of the time Gary spent working with Jeff Buckley during Jeff's early days in New York City. It describes their magical first performance together at the Greetings From Tim Buckley concert in 1991, the creation of their landmark songs 'Grace' and 'Mojo Pin,' their plan to take on the world together in Gary's band Gods and Monsters-and then the moment when Jeff pulled the plug, opting instead to pursue a solo deal with Columbia Records, the very label that had recently cut short its contract with the original incarnation Gods and Monsters.
In this fascinating and revelatory book, Gary writes with heartfelt honesty about the highs and lows of this unique creative collaboration, providing an eye-opening insight into a world of music, passion, betrayal, and more.
To coincide with the book's publication, Gary will be touring the UK and Europe in November. He will be reading from Touched By Grace and performing the songs he wrote with Jeff as well as other highlights from his career. Here are the confirmed dates so far:
November 12: Exeter, Royal Albert Memorial Museum
November 13: Bristol, Colston Hall
November 14: London, Purcell Room
November 17: Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
November 18: Edinburgh, Electric Circus
November 22: Cork, Triskell
November 23: Dublin, Grand Social
Gary Lucas is a world-class guitarist and Grammy-nominated songwriter. Dubbed"the greatest living electric guitarist" by Daniel Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain In Music, he has recorded more than 20 acclaimed solo albums spanning everything from psychedelic rock to Chinese pop, and was a key member ofCaptain Beefheart's Magic Band during the 80s. He was a consultant on the filmGreetings From Tim Buckley, which stars Penn Bagley as Jeff Buckley and covers the same time period as this book.
The acclaimed performer had just cancelled touring due to a battle with cancer.
Many ticket-holders couldn't get into the O2 Arena show on Tuesday night (September 19th) because they didn't bring photo ID to match their booking.