Jeff Martin @ Jive, Adelaide 23/10/2020

It was great to be back at my first show in 222 days and what a show to be going to for my first one back, Jeff Martin playing The Songs Of Led Zeppelin right here in Adelaide. Yep, that’s right Jeff Martin playing Led Zeppelin classics in Adelaide. There’s not to many going around that could pull this off like Jeff Martin did. Incredible show, incredible set list and if you have a chance to get tickets to experience this show definitely get them because his performance was outstanding.

With COVID restrictions in place Jive was full and whilst it was an unusual feel being seated I think this complemented things by being able to fully appreciate the show. Just after half eight the great man took to the stage, no support, to wild applause and Martin said not to clap yet. Opening with Gallows Pole Martin’s opening remark “just when you thought it couldn’t get any weirder” sums up 2020 to a tee. Drawing comparisons to feeling like he was back at university and about to tell his professor to fuck off he went on to discussed how blessed he was to be here, how much he was missing his Tea Party boys and that whilst he had his guitars he would keep on rambling serving as the perfect intro to Ramble On.

The stories behind the music that inspired him were a fascinating listen and the master class on experimenting guitar tunings was great for those guitar enthusiasts out there. Interesting to see how these tunings shaped songs such as Last Goodbye (Jeff Buckley) and Beautiful Day (U2) before ripping through Black Mountain Side. Thank You was dedicated to those who “aid and abet” his privileged life with his number supporter his wife who was in the crowd. Infamous harmonica player Dave Blight made a guest cameo on a couple of tunes throughout the night including Since I’ve Been Loving You which morphed in to When The Levee Breaks.

With a short intermission for punters to ‘rehydrate’ and buy some merch including the Cinnamon Rose EP (which was signed, wahoo!) the second set was awesome. Out On The Tiles is an interesting one with Martin talking about how challenging The Tea Party drummer Jeff Burrows is and how he picked that obscure cover and the fact that they had never committed to recording a cover he picked that one. The story behind Tangerine was funny talking about Plant writing a song about fruit. Dave Blight returned on Bring It On Home and it was an epic finish with massive Zeppelin hits Whole Lotta Love and Kashmir. Martin wasn’t done returning for an encore featuring a snippet of Babe I’m Gonna Leave You which seamlessly led in to Stairway To Heaven. Fantastic show, absolutely loved it.

Live Review By Rob Lyon

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