Another year, another tour by road dog Steve Hackett and his band. The last time out it was an all Genesis show, so it was great that the first set was all solo material which spanned everything from his first solo album “Voyage of the Acolyte” to this year’s release, “Wolflight.” The new songs sounded amazing live and stood up well against classics like “A Tower Struck Down” and even “Icarus Ascending,” which featured Nad Sylvan singing the parts of the legendary Richie Havens.
Sylvan returned for the second set which was all Genesis, to the delight of the crowd. The best thing for me was the song selection. The set was almost entirely different from the previous tour. My personal highlight was “Aisle of Plenty,” a song that I love. The band extended it with Steve trading solos with Roine Stolt (of the Flower Kings), who is part of the band now, mostly as bassist.
Steve is a master guitarist to be sure but he is a lovely man who can tell a tale as he did between certain songs. He said it was “to calm his nerves.” It’s hard to believe that a man who has been doing this as long as he has would still get nervous. I guess that’s why the show is so authentic and utterly enjoyable.
Set 1: Solo
Out of the Body
Love Song to a Vampire
The Wheel’s Turning
Star of Sirius / Ace of Wands
A Tower Struck Down / Shadow of the Hierophant
Set 2: Genesis
Get ’em Out by Friday
Can-Utility and the Coastliners
After the Ordeal
The Cinema Show /Aisle of Plenty
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
The Musical Box
Clocks – The Angel of Mons
Firth of Fifth