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Video Vault: Jeff Buckley’s final recorded performance of “Hallelujah”

on October 20, 2015, 3:25pm

Welcome to the latest edition of the Video Vault, a new series in which Consequence of Sound and Chicago’s iconic JBTV offer you classic concert footage from over 30 years of tape preserved in the studio’s extensive collection. Many of these have never before been seen by the general public.

Previously, we brought you a 1993 clip of PJ Harvey performing her classic “Rid of Me”, as well as visuals of a young Oasis, friendly Gallagher brothers and all, playing “Live Forever” just months after releasing their debut album, Definitely Maybe.  Today, we’ve unearthed truly historic footage of the one and only Jeff Buckley, taken from the last video recorded concert before his passing in 1997.

The clip dates back to May 1995 and finds the legendary songwriter delivering an incredibly moving performance of his version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at Chicago’s Metro venue. Buckley’s chills-worthy take served as the closing song that night, and it’s hard to imagine an even more perfect way to end a set.