Following his appearance on 2018’s Cruise To The Edge, Steve and band are spending February and March in North and South America, on a tour billed as ‘Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited, Solo Gems & GTR 2018 Tour de Force!’ I caught the show at the Theatre du Casino in Gatineau, Quebec. Words and photos by Tim Darbyshire.
Steve Hackett is a regular visitor to Canada and it’s always a pleasure to see him and his band play here. Despite being a frequent visitor, this year’s set list was noticeably different to last year’s, such is the quality of Steve’s solo back catalogue as well as the depth of his work with Genesis.
Gatineau’s Theatre du Casino was the venue for the fourth and final Canadian concert on this tour and first hour or so of the concert contained the solo material, with the focus being on Steve’s second solo album – 1978’s ‘Please Don’t Touch’ – which is 40 years old. Two instrumentals – ‘Please Don’t Touch’ and the bombastic ‘Shadow Of The Hierophant’ – book-ended the solo portion of the set which also focused on Steve’s 2017 eclectic ‘The Night Siren’ release. Three songs are played from the latest album – ‘Beneath The Smoke’, ‘El Nino’, and ‘In The Skeleton Gallery’. The new material sat comfortably alongside the older material, with the beautiful ‘Icarus Ascending’ from ‘Please Don’t Touch’ being a personal highlight of the solo music. ‘When The Heart Rules The Mind’ is being given a rare outing on this tour – Steve has recently re-recorded this song from the GTR project (with Steve Howe) from the mid-1980s.
The Genesis section of the show was predictably packed with classic songs, all delivered by Steve and his talented band in customary faultless fashion. There’s one change to the touring band this year, with Jonas Reingold replacing Nick Beggs on bass and 12-string guitar. Jonas is quickly able to show us his talents during ‘Dancing With The Moonlit Knight’ which opens the Genesis section and a welcome return of ‘One For The Vine’ and ‘Inside And Out’ (from the ‘Wind And Wuthering’ sessions) follows. ‘Fountain of Salmacis’ from 1971’s ‘Nursery Cryme’ leads us into crowd favourite ‘Firth Of Fifth’ which of course means we get to hear Steve’s iconic solo, and Roger King’s piano introduction. The pace is maintained with a powerful rendition of ‘The Musical Box’ before ‘Supper’s Ready’, for many people still THE Genesis song, closes the main set.
After 2 hours and 40 minutes, the encore ‘Los Endos’ brings proceedings to a close and leaves the crowd cheering for more. Hopefully Steve and band will be back next year, maybe with another new album to promote.
Set List – Steve Hackett, Theatre du Casino, Gatineau – 13th February 2018
Please Don’t Touch
Behind The Smoke
In The Skeleton Gallery
When The Heart Rules The Mind
Shadow Of The Hierophant (closing section)
Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
One For The Vine
Inside And Out
The Fountain Of Salmacis
Firth of Fifth
The Musical Box
Steve Hackett: Guitars, Vocals
Nad Sylvan: Vocals
Jonas Reingold: Bass
Roger King: Keyboards
Gary O’Toole: Drums
Rob Townsend: Wind Instruments