Photos by: Scott Langevin
Article & Show Review by: Mark C. Silva
Steve Hackett is once again on the road. Having seen the show Wednesday, February 22nd at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT; I can personally attest that the 67 year old guitarist is as good as ever. The two hour twenty minute performance featured 50 minutes of Hackett solo classics and nearly 90 minutes of classic Genesis. (Hackett was guitarist on six studio albums with Genesis from 1971-1977) The majority of the latter material celebrated the 40th anniversary of the release of Wind & Wuthering; the last to feature Hackett. While the entire album was not played, highlights were. Most notably, as a tribute to the recently deceased John Wetton (of King Crimson & Asia) the album’s final track, “Afterglow.” Quite a welcomed place in the set list was “Inside and Out,” a track recorded during the Wind & Wuthering sessions but ultimately left off to later be placed instead on a three track EP, Spot The Pigeon. This particular number had not been performed since Hackett’s final performance with Genesis in the Olympic Park, Munich, Germany, July 3, 1977.
The Hackett classics that began the evening’s performance also featured three songs from his forthcoming 27th solo album, The Night Siren due March 24, 2017. These are quintessential Hackett numbers featuring complicated rhythms, soaring lead guitar lines, and lush accompaniments played expertly by longtime band members Nick Beggs on bass, Roger King on keyboards, Rob Townsend on woodwinds, and Gary O’Toole on drums. While Vocalist Nad Sylvan’s participation was limited exclusively to the show’s Genesis material, drummer Gary O’Toole’s lead vocals on Wind & Wuthering’s “Blood On The Rooftops” was one of the evening’s highpoints.
For both the casual and ardent fan of early Genesis, the show is well worth attending. The attention to detail and strive for authenticity won’t go unnoticed. That being said, the opening Hackett selections are not to be overlooked as they don’t come off as a kind of warm-up to the Genesis portion of the show. With 40 years and over 25 studio albums to enjoy since leaving Genesis, one need look no further than the opening of “Every Day,” to “The Steppes,” and the closing section of “Shadow of the Hierophant” to clearly see Steve Hackett stands more than well enough in his own right as a fine song writer and marvelous guitarist.
1. Every Day 2. El Nino
3. The Steppes 4. In The Skeleton Gallery
5. Behind The Smoke 6. Serpentine Song
7. Rise Again 8. Shadow Of The Hierophant (Closing Section)
9. Eleventh Earl Of Mar 10. One For The Vine
11. Blood On The Rooftops 12. …In That Quiet Earth
13. Afterglow 14. Dance On A Volcano
15. Inside And Out 16. Firth Of Fifth
17. The Musical Box 18. Los Endos (encore)
See Shockwave’s Interview with Steve Hackett HERE
PRE-ORDER The Night Siren HERE