Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pair Who Can Most Certainly Hackett Live Are Heading This Way; Sage Gateshead Is Poised to Host a Duo of Classic Gigs in the Autumn. Alan Nichol Has the Details

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pair Who Can Most Certainly Hackett Live Are Heading This Way; Sage Gateshead Is Poised to Host a Duo of Classic Gigs in the Autumn. Alan Nichol Has the Details

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Byline: Alan Nichol

THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE PINK FLOYD SHOW!THE August lull in the touring schedule provides a brief opportunity to have a look a little further ahead to the autumn, when it seems as if every musician on the planet wants comes to the region.

One such artist, former Genesis guitarist/ composer Steve Hackett, has a gig in the Sage Gateshead's big Hall One on October 17.

Hackett comes to Tyneside with an anniversary to celebrate plus a new-ish album, Wolflight, and a huge career retrospective box set just released.

Wolflight is the first studio album of new material since Beyond the Shrouded Horizon in 2011 and explores past and contemporary cultures in a revolutionary journey around the globe. The record reached the Top 40 album chart on its release back in March.

It is both thematic and cinematic with a host of global/cultural/musical influences and textures. Hackett, apart from his trademark swooping, soaring lead-guitar lines and narrative vocals, also offers a flavour of folk, blues, classical and jazz throughout the all-original material.

He also plays the lute-like Arabian oud, Colombian tiple (a scaled-down 12-string member of the guitar family), banjo, harmonica and percussion. His studio band embellish the lavish soundscape even further.

This year marks 40 years since the release of Hackett's first solo record, Voyage of the Acolyte, when he was still a member of Genesis. He was part of the band's 'golden age' - between 1971 (when he joined shortly after Phil Collins) and 1977 - and recorded milestone albums and toured the world with the band.

He was the first member of Genesis to release a solo album, before leaving in 1977. Since that departure, Hackett has issued a couple of dozen solo albums and covered much stylistic ground over the years. Needless to say there was an abundance of material to sift through but he has painstakingly done that with the 14-disc Premonitions: The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983. He explains: "The box set contains a number of live shows from the era. I've enjoyed being involved with this comprehensive trip down memory lane. There's also a substantial booklet containing a lot of background info along with many wonderful Armando Gallo shots, and Roger Dean has painted a beautiful picture for the cover.

"For me it's a proud souvenir that highlights those years. I'll play plenty of this early work at shows in the autumn which will include some numbers not played live for many moons, like Icarus Ascending and Star of Sirius, plus all time faves such as Every Day and Spectral Mornings. The tour, of which the Gateshead date is a part, constitutes a 19-date trip around the UK.

A few days after Hackett's show, the Sage Gateshead welcomes a musician who virtually every music fan will have heard but fewer will be familiar with. …

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