let me interject another angle here
Ive been a longtime fan of the Mac since about 1970
in the early-mid 70s, even into the to early 80s I played a lot of
churches and smaller Christian venues (coffehouses, street ministries) in
the waning days of the Children of God in this country.
I met several members and former members of the COG in these places in
addition to occasionally picking themn up hitchhiking out in west Texas
around the Rio Grand border
Several of them were sure they had seen and heard Jeremy Spencer sometime
a few years back but these folks were usually so drug clouded I never
gave them much credence.
But one guy in particular I jammed with in 1980 in a coffehouse in Denton
Tx struck me as particularly credible.He mentioned his involvement with
COG, and after talking over a few other issues I asked him if he'd ever
heard of Jeremy Spencer. He claimed to have jammed with Spencer on
occasion, but his story was that Jeremy usually performed solo on acoustic
without the benefit or burden of a band. He didnt draw a lot of attention
to himself, and I knew what he described was typical of the Christian
music scene in the days when it was still called Jesus Rock before the
term (and industry) of Contemporary Christian music were invented. Even
big names then like Barry McGuire and Phil Keaggy were (and still are)
found as often as solo acts, even though they were the ones most likely to
be found touring with a band (referring most specifically here to the
early mid 70's)
Anyway I digress. My point is that if Spencer played with a band, it was
probly intermittent, and while the COG did rip a lot of money off from
unwary converts, most of it went into the pockets of Moses David and his
wife. Alot was probly not given to ventures like a major tour of a former
rock idol. Opening for the Stones?? well I would guess not but Ive been
wrong before. Steve your freind probly did play on the Flee album, and
jam with Spencer, and had his picture taken... that kinda stuff happens.
But people tend to embellish things over the years.
ahhh well brings back a lot of memories.
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