Thread: new Steve Hackett live Blu-Ray/ CD with orchestra

JimSheridan - 12/13/2019 at 04:32 AM

I've been listening to and watching and absolutely enjoying the new live Steve Hackett release. Like many prog rockers and classic rock folks, Steve has been releasing live stuff at a pretty steady clip, and like some prog rockers, he does not radically change live versions all that much or jam in a way that an ABB fan might expect. As a result, someone who buys a good amount of his stuff might already have good live versions of most of these tunes on CD or on DVD / Blue Ray.

One interesting twist is that this concert has a full orchestra. That being said, the orchestra does not radically change the nature of a lot of the songs. Genesis studio stuff that already had mellotron imitating a symphony does not change too much when played live with an orchestra. Still, it does add to the drama and depth of some songs.

It must also be noted that the band plays very, very well, really fluid and powerful, and Steve's chops are top notch. He does some interesting things with the Digitech Whammy Pedal. The audio and video quality is also great. So, while there are not too many surprises per se, I really dig it.

A kind of equivalent for me might be the 3rd time I saw Gregg's band, a few years before he passed. They sounded great and played songs I would have mostly expected and played them very well indeed, tastefully and soulfully. It was not a night of surprises but of pure enjoyment. This is like that, for me.

Setlist:

DVD

1. DANCE ON A VOLCANO 7:15
2. OUT OF THE BODY 2:32
3. THE STEPPES 7:19
4. FIRTH OF FIFTH 11:46
5. DANCING WITH THE MOONLIT KNIGHT 8:46
6. BLOOD ON THE ROOFTOPS 6:52
7. SHADOW OF THE HIEROPHANT 11:58
8. IN THAT QUIET EARTH 5:09
9. AFTERGLOW 5:11
10. SERPENTINE SONG 7:46
11. EL NIŅO 4:07
12. SUPPER'S READY 28:57
13. THE MUSICAL BOX 13:43


JimSheridan - 12/13/2019 at 04:38 AM

However, if you have not followed his solo career much, this is a great entrance point. He plays some great old Genesis very well in addition to some of his solo material.

Here's a nice 90-second trailer for it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsPYRMwOW-s


dimplesjbc - 12/13/2019 at 06:17 AM

Looking forward to hearing this , I picked up a couple Steve Hackett albums today at a second hand store , The Tokyo Tapes and Metamorpheus ( with the Underworld Orchestra and some tasty classical guitar ) . I have tickets to see him in the new year , the tour is called Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited 2020 Tour - Selling England By The & Spectral Mornings & Solo Highlights , should be fantastic , have only seen him once before and the show blew me away .


blackey - 12/13/2019 at 12:07 PM

I saw Genesis once and it was a slick, clean, well oiled machine. It was impressive seeing a band play that tight and rehearsed.

Phil Collins had begun his solo career by then and was way more popular with many ladies than the band so there were plenty of people there to see Phil. I think Easy Lover was on the chart then.


JimSheridan - 12/13/2019 at 04:13 PM

Yeah Blackey, even though I am far less of a fan of the Genesis songs from the 1980s and 1990s, the musicianship was always good and the shows were very well executed.

There are a number of Genesis tribute bands out there. A Canadian one called The Musical Box are the tops, IMO. They actually got a bunch of the costumed and slide shows that Genesis used, and Phil and Steve Hackett have sat in with them. They very faithfully recreate specific shows / tours, with costumes and stage patter down pat. More recently, they have been doing a "wish list" show with a setlist that Genesis never did but that they know fans will love. They mostly stick to 1970-1977.

There is another Genesis tribute band that I have not seen, called The Genesis Show. They focus on Phil-era stuff but mostly 1976-1982. They are currently recreating the Abacab tour, from which the live album "Three Sides Live" has come.

Steve Hackett himself found a singer who sounds a lot like Gabriel, and his tours for the past decade have offered a healthy dose of Genesis songs, whereas for decades he did not do a whole lotta Genesis.

This is a good time be a fan of old Genesis!


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