Steve Hackett is best known as the lead guitarist for Genesis from 1971 to 1977. With Genesis he has played on 6 studio albums, 3 live albums (including 3 Sides Live on the last track ‘It/Watchers of the Skies), 4 compilation albums and 1 EP. That’s quite a career in itself. Since leaving Genesis Steve Hackett has released 17 solo albums, 5 classical albums, 1 blues album and 15 live albums. He has collaborated with numerous artists over the years as well including Steven Wilson, Chris Squire, John Wetton, Ian Mcdonald and more.
Which leads us to his latest tour and album Wolflight, his first solo album in 4 years and reached #31 on the UK Billboard charts and #103 in the USA. The album does live up to the expectations that fans have come to expect from Steve Hackett. This album had to be recorded in between shows while Steve was out touring which seems to have been non stop in the last 3 years. So it is no wonder that his years with Genesis and his Genesis Revisited II tours has had some influence in his latest effort. Not to say he was out to replicate those days but to revisit that sound we all miss.
It was great to hear some of the songs on the album run longer with tracks that include “Wolflight” and “Love song to a Vampire” the way Genesis did back in day. It was nice to know that the late Chris Squire of YES contributed to this track. The acoustic tracks on the album are wonderful. The song “Loving Sea” (a song Steve wrote for his wife Jo Hackett) has a Crosby, Stills and Nash feel with its 3 part harmony. A beautiful song to listen to when performed live. In all, this album should be considered his best. It blends in everything from classical sounds to heavier prog riffs that are more common place with bands such as Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson and others. The heavier sounds are a great fit for Steve Hackett’s style of playing. The fans love it.
This album reminds us of everything Steve Hackett has ever done in his stellar career and puts an exclamation point on it. It also shows us what we can expect from Steve Hackett in the future. There will be a new live album coming out soon. “Live in Liverpool” will be a 2 CD/DVD Blu Ray package that captures the whole tour.
Steve Hackett has just wrapped up his current world tour here in the states recently with a show in Durham NC in support of his latest solo album “Wolflight”. Steve has been on quite a roll over the last few years starting with the “Genesis Revisited II” shows back in 2013 and the fans have continued to turn out in large numbers to his live show.
The tour featured several shows in the NYC/PHL area. The show was done in 2 parts with the first half dedicated to his solo career which spans through everything including his first solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte (in which he plays 4 songs from this album) on up to Wolflight.
The second half of the show was dedicated to his time and contributions to Genesis. With the exception of 2 songs, fans were treated to an entirely new set of Genesis music with some real gems being played live on this tour that included “Can-Utility and the Coastliners” and fan favorite “The Cinema Show”.
Steve chose 2 songs for the encore which represented his solo career and one from his days with Genesis. “Clocks” was the first song and features a fantastic drum solo by Gary O’Toole. The finale was “Firth of Fifth”. This Genesis classic has always been a fan favorite.
Steve Hackett added, “I am thrilled the tour has gone so well. I hope people really enjoy the ‘Live in Liverpool’ DVD which features the whole set and captures the excitement of the show”.
Of course, the band sounded fantastic with Nad Sylvan on Vocals, Rob Townsend on Sax, Flute and Percussion, Roger King on Keyboards, Gary O’Toole on Drums and Roine Stolt on Guitars. Setlist and pictures are included. The setlist did not change from the shows I covered in the northeast or in the show I covered in NC.
Steve Hackett “Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited” Setlist
Corycian Fire (intro)
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
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