Thread: Steve Hackett on tour in US now

JimSheridan - 2/14/2018 at 03:54 AM

Well, Mr. Steve Hackett is making the rounds, and I am delighted to say I will be seeing him this Sunday. The tour is billed as "Solo Gems, GTR, and Genesis Revisited." Steve has an excellent solo catalogue, and he's as prolific as a Van Morrison or Neil Young; he does an album at least every 18 months. As a result, he has songs from 40 years ago that I love and songs from 2 years ago that I really love too!

I kind of cringed when I heard he would be doing some GTR, but it is only actually one song. Silly to advertise it that way if that is all it is. However, GTR was his biggest commercial success. Interestingly, he recorded a new version of that song with him singing, and it does sound better, if still a little too GTRy.

The "Genesis Revisited" portion is mint. I know it is sacrilege, but some of those songs sound as good or better now with his band than they did with Genesis in their prime. Hackett has just gotten better on guitar, and he puts the guitar front in the mix, and it sounds great.

Here is the current setlist; don't peek if you are going to see him and you want to be surprised. The first set is solo Hackett, 2nd set all Genesis;

Steve Hackett Feb 2018

first set:

Please Don't Touch (from Please Don’t Touch)
Every Day (from Spectral Mornings)
In the Skeleton Gallery (from The Night Siren)
El Niño (from The Night Siren)
Rise Again (from Darktown)
When the Heart Rules the Mind (from GTR)
Behind the Smoke (from The Night Siren)
Icarus Ascending (from Please Don’t Touch)
Shadow of the Hierophant (from Voyage of the Acolyte)

Set 2 (with Nad Sylvan):

Dancing With the Moonlit Knight (from Selling England by the Pound)
One for the Vine (from Wind and Wuthering)
Inside and Out (from Spot the Pigeon)
The Fountain of Salmacis (from Nursery Cryme)
Firth of Fifth (from Selling England)
The Musical Box (from Nursery Cryme)
Supper's Ready (from Foxtrot)


Dance on a Volcano (from “Trick of the Tail”)
Los Endos (ditto)

JimSheridan - 2/14/2018 at 04:05 AM

He really does a good job with setlists with his current plan of doing one set of his own songs and one set of Genesis. He's an old school prog guy, not Phish, so the setlist may not radically change, but still, consider:

2015 tour setlist:

Set 1
Spectral Mornings
Out of the Body
Every Day
Love Song to a Vampire
The Wheel's Turning
Loving Sea
Icarus Ascending
Star of Sirius
Ace of Wands
A Tower Struck Down
Shadow of the Hierophant

Set 2 (Genesis set):
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

2017 tour Setlist

first set:
Every Day
El Niño
The Steppes
In the Skeleton Gallery
Behind the Smoke
Serpentine Song
Rise Again
Shadow of the Hierophant

second set: With Nad Sylvan:
Eleventh Earl of Mar
One for the Vine
Blood on the Rooftops
...In That Quiet Earth
Dance on a Volcano
Inside and Out
Firth of Fifth
The Musical Box

Encore: Los Endos

JimSheridan - 2/21/2018 at 04:10 AM

I caught the Hackett show this past Sunday night at the lovely Tarrytown Music Hall, a gorgeous venue built in the late 1800s.

Steve Hackett, like Jeff Beck, is one of those elder statesmen who remains at the top of his game. I advise anyone who likes prog rock, great guitar, or stellar musicianship in general to catch this guy while you can. My balcony seats were $48 a pop, very palatable.

I got a big kick out of his introduction of the song "The Fountain of Salmacis" - he explained that it is a favorite of his, but "It's a BITCH to play!"

I also loved the New Yawk crowd. Lots of bros shouting "HHAAAACCKKKETTTTT!"""" and "HHEEEYYY YEAHH!!" and my favorite "ATTTABOY, STEVIE!!!" like it was a hockey game.

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