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An Acoustic Evening With Steve Hackett, Oakwood Centre, Rotherham, UK 26th March 2005

Steve Hackett returned to the Rotherham stage, and he was joined with brother John (flutes) and Roger King (keyboards) on this, the first night of the UK tour. Performing two sets of material old, new and very new (as in not released yet!) Steve delighted the near capacity crowd with his tunes and comedy touches.

Opening up, Steve entered the stage solo, and performed three songs including a brand new one which had the working title as Sapphires. John and Roger then joined Steve and soon the whole mood had changed sound-wise. Jacuzzi was the first song to be played with the trio set up, and a fine version it was too! The Genesis bits were performed such as the flute part from Firth Of Fifth, and a nice rendition of Hairless Heart soon followed.

From Steve's first solo outing Voyage Of The Acolyte, Hands Of The Priestess was presented to the crowd with a welcomed applause, as was Ace Of Wands which appeared later in the second set. Steve's acoustic guitar playing was faultless throughout, and John's flute playing was as you would expect very precise and note perfect. Roger performed one of his compositions called M3 which Steve commented about major or minor thirds as how the song came about. From John's Velvet Afternoon album (see review) Next Time Around was played with Steve sitting this one out and John giving a fine example on the alto flute.

Back to Steve's own solo albums, such gems as Black Light from Bay Of Kings was aired, along with the Skye Boat Song and Tales Of The Riverbank from that very same album which again was well received.

We had a number of songs from the French composer Erik Satie which were a lot different to the normal Hackett family's tunes, but still performed well, and what Steve Hackett show would not be complete without the song Kim?

To end tonight's entertainment, the classic from Foxtrot, Horizons brought the house down and the three musicians got a welcomed standing ovation. This was a most enjoyable evening and a delight to see and hear three talented musicians.

Danny Mayo

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Steve Hackett


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