Just four months after last visiting Ontario, Steve Hackett made a welcome return to Canada last weekend with three shows as part of the 2016 leg of his ‘Acolyte To Wolflight’ tour – Quebec Grand Theatre 8th April, Theatre Maisonneuve Place Des Arts, Montreal 9th April, and Theatre du Casino, Gatineau 10th April.
Review and photos by Tim Darbyshire
Three nights in a row with Steve Hackett and his band, three blistering shows and three wildly enthusiastic audiences – there is absolutely no doubt, French Canada loves its prog bands!
As with the first leg of the ‘Acolyte To Wolflight’ tour in 2015, the show was divided into two halves, the first was the solo material with Steve and band showcasing tracks from the 2015 album ‘Wolflight’ as well as his first album ‘Voyage of the Acolyte’ (released in 1975). Favourites from 1978’s ‘Please Don’t Touch’ and 1979’s ‘Spectral Mornings’ complimented the set. From the opening sounds of ‘Spectral Mornings’ through to the closing bars of a rousing ‘Shadow Of The Heirophant’ Steve had the crowd totally under his spell.
The second set was primarily Genesis numbers, crowd-pleasers ‘Firth of Fifth’, ‘The Musical Box’ and ‘The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’ alongside a welcome addition of ‘The Cinema Show’ and deeper cuts like ‘Can-utility and the Coastliners’ and ‘After The Ordeal’. The highlight for me was ‘The Cinema Show’, with Roger King outdoing Tony Banks during the instrumental workout.
By the time the band left the stage after the encores of ‘Clocks’ and ‘Firth Of Fifth’ nearly three hours had passed, and I struggle to recall an audience as enthusiastic for the material as those in Quebec and Montreal especially.
Steve will be continuing work on a new studio album (among other projects) after this tour, and we have the ‘Live In Liverpool’ DVD from the ‘Acolyte To Wolflight’ tour to look forward to around June of this year.
Let’s hope we see Steve back in Canada before too long……
Friday 8th April – Grand Theatre Quebec
Saturday 9th April – Theatre Maisonneuve, Place Des Arts, Montreal
Sunday 10th – Casino du Lac Leamy, Gatineau
Band Line up and Setlist (all 3 nights)
Steve Hackett – Guitar, Vocals
Roger King – Keyboards
Nad Sylvan – Vocals
Roine Stolt – Bass, Guitar
Rob Townsend – Flute, sax, keyboards
Gary O’Toole – Drums, Vocals
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 Heirophant
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