Vera : Steve Hackett, once guitarist in the progressive institute Genesis, remains very active, shifting from new work to a healthy dose of nostalgia to his Genesis days. Last year in Spring, his recent studio album ’The Night Siren’ was released and it was followed by extensive touring in the US and Europe. But it was also forty years ago that the Genesis album ‘Wind And Wuthering’ came out, the last Genesis album with Hackett as composer/guitarist. Thus the time is right for a slightly different approach of the nostalgia segment in Hackett’s works.
As fan you really do not suffer from shortage of live registrations in the extensive discography of Hackett, but the good thing is that he always approaches the live shows from a different angle. These registrations were done in May 2017 in the grand Birmingham Symphony Hall and Hackett is surrounded and supported by his trusty band with vocalist Nad Sylvan, keyboardist Roger King, bassist Nick Beggs, saxophone player Rob Townsend and drummer Gary O’Toole. Special guests: Amanda Lehmann and John Hackett. The DVD remains most of all a highlight on musical levels; the magnificent guitar soloing and progressive tinged passages prevail. On DVD1 one can find the solo material of the artist, with ‘In The Skeleton Garden’ and ‘Behind The Smoke’ as new songs and the ancient, fascinating ‘Shadow Of The Hierophant’ as nice surprise. A documentary of half an hour shows behind the scenes material of the Birmingham show. DVD2 initially focuses on the celebrated album ‘Wind And Wuthering’ with live performances of five songs from that album, followed by obligatory classics such as ‘Firth Of Fifth’, ‘The Musical Box’ and ‘Los Endos’. As bonus on the second DVD you get three recent video clips, more precisely of ‘Behind The Smoke’, ‘Fifty Miles From The North Pole’ and ‘West To East’. This is a nice document for the diehard fans.