To me he joined the classic line of Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins, and this saw him record seven albums with them.
Tonight, Hackett was to play sixteen songs – the first five were his own solo work and then the remaining eleven were from his Genesis Revisited roster.
My second child was born less than a month before this gig so there were no spare pennies left to see the band which on reflection, made Steve Hackett’s concert all the more anticipated.
Steve Hackett was the second guitarist in the Genesis line up, signing up in 1971 and spending the next six years with them.
That said, Australia has long been known as the Antipodes because of its physical location on the opposite side of the world from England and Europe where Progressive Rock first began.
Because of the vast distances at that time, very few progressive rock bands came to Australia and thus for the last fifty years it has been extremely hard not to see my favourite bands play live.
Behind him was drummer Gary O’Toole who looked like he was swallowed whole into the mouth of his enormous drum kit.
He had learned his chops after time with Bucks Fizz and China Crisis and played the entire night in a full suit and tie.
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Back in 1967, I was being educated at a Catholic boarding school and I found the best way to take my mind off the strict, regimented life was to immerse myself in my music.
Pink Floyd’s were platters that could transport me to another world and it has seen Progressive Rock become the soundtrack to my life.
He originally hooked up with Hackett in 2012 for the second Genesis Revisited album and has been an important part of bringing the classic Genesis sound to the world ever since. Hackett was chosen by Guitar World magazine as one of the Top 15 Prog Rock Guitarist of all time in early 2016. He spent most of the night with his hands around his beautiful 1957 Gibson Les Paul “Goldtop”, that was joined on one occasion by a Zemaitis 12-string acoustic guitar, both played with incredible dexterity.
This brings us to the highlight of the night, the last three songs, all followed by a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd.