Steve Hackett – 17th May 2017, Sage Gateshead
By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)
I’ve seen Steve many a time over the years and Newcastle has always had good turn outs for this prog rock guitar hero. Of late he’s been touring the ‘Genesis Revisited’ shows showcasing classic tracks from his time providing (in my opinion) their defining sound.
This show however was a little different in that the opening act was also Steve Hackett, but in this set he and the band played not only tracks from his recently released album but also some stunning renditions of his older solo work. As always Steve’s band are superb but it was the first time I have seen them with Nick Beggs (yes THAT Nick Beggs) on bass , guitar vocals and bass pedals even though he’s played with them numerous times and wow what a difference he brings to the tracks!
‘Shadow Of The Hierophant’ was astonishing and reminded me of just how good Hackett’s solo albums can be ! After a short break the band take the stage again and Steve announced that it is Genesis’s album ‘Wind and Wuthering’ (the last one he was one) 40th anniversary so the ‘Revisited’ section of the show featured pretty much all of that plus the very rarely played ‘Inside and Out’ (originally an outtake then released on an EP) much to the audiences delight!
‘Firth of Fifth and Musical Box’ are still in the set for fans of the Gabriel era. I wasn’t sure if Nad Sylvan on the Phil Collins tracks vocals would stand up being as his voice at the previous shows I have seen was definitely more suited to Gabriel’s style HOWEVER tonight he really nailed it on those songs.
The Sage was a perfect setting for the show not only because of the fantastic acoustics but also they were able to show off the awesome light show currently enhancing each of the sets! My only gripe ( if you can call it that) is that having been reminded of just how good his solo work is I wish that set had been a bit longer to try and remind others that it’s not just all about Genesis.
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