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Steve Hackett

Live at NEARfest, 2002

Review by Stephen Ellis

What can I say that has not already been said about this man and his music? I've loved his guitar work and sound since his days in Genesis. His songs were some of the first I heard in this "progressive" music with which I would soon fall in love.

"Firth of Fifth" and the opening guitar on "Supper's Ready" will always be on my "desert island" music inventory. But Mr. Hackett's work has grown leaps and bounds since his youth in Genesis, and this night he made sure everyone present understood just exactly where he had been and where he was now. Early in his set he went through the almost mandatory "Genesis riffs" putting together a musical montage that touched me deeply. My lovely wife and I fell in love listening to Foxtrot and Selling England by the Pound, so those musical touches Mr. Hackett played for us that night found us looking into each other's eyes and recalling those very early days. Just as wonderful as this trip down memory lane, were some of his solo efforts. I have had Darktown for a few months and was anxious to hear selections from that CD. I was not disappointed.

Dan Robinson
Dan Robinson
I will say Mr. Hackett is not much of a singer, and those almost chant/rap like growls he belched forth did not appeal to me all that much. His singing, however, did not diminish the overall performance as some other group's can. All in all Mr. Hackett was a great conclusion to a terrific weekend.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2002 Year Book Volume 3 at

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