This was my second time seeing him. A little over a year ago, I flew to New Jersey just to see him when he first announced his tour. I got to meet Jeff after that show and he told me he plans to come play in St Louis. Jeff kept his word.
You got to understand something. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea was a very important record in my life – if not the most important. The titular song was the first song I learned on guitar and was the reason I started playing in the first place.
Jeff looked exactly the same as he did in the press photos back in ‘98 before he became a recluse, except now he has a fully grown beard. He is still wearing that same damn newsboy cap and that same ugly sweater as in the photos.
A third of the set in, Jeff asked us to leave our seats and move closer. We quickly jumped up and sat around him on stage as he sang. When he played Two Headed Boy Pt 2, I felt a liberating sense of communion with Jeff and those sitting and singing around me. It was like he was speaking to my soul. It was the most beautiful feeling ever.
I’ll never forget this night.