Alanis Morissette, CHICAGO‘s ROBERT LAAM, actor CRISPIN GLOVER and actress LISA BONET were among the guests at a an evening organised by the charity SWEET RELIEF celebrating the life of singer JEFF BUCKLEY.
The capacity crowd at LOS ANGELES‘ EGYPTIAN THEATRE were treated to the debut screening of ‘Fall In Light’, an English language documentary by French filmmakers Morgane Productions about Buckley‘s life.
At the conclusion of the screening Buckley‘s mother, Mary Guibert, and former bandmate Michael Tighe, who between them compiled the newly-released Buckley live album ‘Mystery White Boy’, answered questions from fans and shared emotional stories about Buckley‘s life, tragically cut short when he drowned in 1997. Later the film ‘Jeff Buckley Live In Chicago’, due for release soon, was shown.
The event on Monday (May 8) was so successful, raising US$35,000, that Sweet Relief organisers are considering a repeat performance to accommodate fan demand – many were locked out on the night – and showcase once again the ‘Fall In Light’ documentary, which is not available commercially.
“We were honoured to work with Mary Guibert and the event exceeded our expectations in every way,” said Sweet Relief Development Director Noa Jones. “We want to share the experience with as many people as possible.”
Jones said the money raised will go to help support musicians unable to work due to medical conditions. She added, “We’ll be paying medical bills, rent bills, utilities, prescriptions and such.”