Recorded just five months after the three-CD/two-DVD Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith (Inside Out, 2013), it's not an unreasonable question to ask: why another show from the same tour (given the tour has been extended even further, by popular demand, into 2014 under the moniker Genesis Extended, featuring the same lineup with the exception of Nick Beggs replacing Lee Pomeroy on bass, bass pedals, guitar and vocals)--especially when this is the music of Genesis, a group renowned for its desire to perform its music as faithfully to the studio recordings as possible? The answer is simple: this is, ...read more
With such a broad repertoire of classic progressive rock, it's a very good thing, indeed, that guitarist Steve Hackett--despite leaving the group on the cusp of far greater commercial success (but, alas, also compromising its progressive nature)--has kept the music of Peter Gabriel-era (and slightly beyond) Genesis alive since leaving the group in October, 1977. But while Hackett's post-Genesis live sets have, in the ensuing decades, almost always included selections from the group's songbook--beginning with his first appearance with the group formed by Charterhouse School mates Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks, 1971's Nursery Cryme, through to his final studio ...read more
Steve Hackett Casino du Lac Leamy Théâtre Gatineau, Canada October 5, 2013 It might seem odd that the guitarist who left Genesis more than 35 years ago has ultimately become the only one to champion the music made during the group's years spent in the progressive rock arena, while those who continued on as a trio expressed less and less interest in that music, becoming far more commercially successful with the '80s-style pop that became their ultimate destination. Even when that trio--keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/vocalist Phil Collins--reconvened for a relatively small ...read more
With the rumor mill in high gear about a 2007 Genesis reunion, the release of band alumnus Steve Hackett's Wild Orchid couldn't come at a better time. This release reminds us just how significantly Genesis changed after his departure in 1977. Virtually all affiliation with the progressive rock camp that the group inhabited during the first part of its career ended when Hackett left after the tour that resulted in Seconds Out (Atlantic, 1977). Given the mega commercial success that followed, it's a fair assumption that the remaining members couldn't have cared less. But Hackett's unlikely to get involved in ...read more
Guitarist Steve Hackett’s post “Genesis” solo career has seemingly garnered more visibility in Europe in Japan, while he has maintained a loyal following on these American shores. Other than his brief, and commercially successful affiliation with the 80’s band “GTR,” the guitar great has been churning out significant material throughout the 80s and 90s. In fact, Hackett’s signature approach, consisting of ringing sustained notes, legato voicings and slick picking can account for a major component of “Genesis”’ now infamous 70s sound. The progressive rock label “Inside Out Music America,” has reissued three Hackett solo recordings, that were previously unavailable or ...read more
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