Steve Hackett – Live at The Oakville Centre, 2nd March 2017


Steve Hackett made a welcome to Canada this week for a show at The Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts in Ontario. This was the penultimate performance of the North American leg of Steve’s  new ‘Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett’ 2017 tour.

Review and photos by Tim Darbyshire

This was Steve Hackett’s fifth appearance at The Oakville Centre in just over three years and it’s always a pleasure to see him and his band play here. There’s not a bad seat in the house and the sound is always crystal clear in this compact 470 seat venue.  Despite being a frequent visitor, this year’s set list was very 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.

This tour sees him showcasing new material from his as yet unreleased new studio album ‘The Night Siren’ (out later this month on Inside Out) as well as celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Genesis classic ‘Wind And Wuthering’.

The first half of the set focussed on the new material, including ‘In The Skeleton Gallery’ and ‘Behind The Smoke’ interspersed with some classic solo Hackett songs such as ‘Every Day’,  ‘The Steppes’ and ‘Shadow Of The Hierophant’.  ‘Hierophant’ ended the first part of the set with a climactic crescendo including Nick Beggs sitting cross-legged on the stage pounding his bass pedals with his fists.

Without having yet heard the ‘The Night Siren’, the songs played tonight seem to indicate that the new album is carrying on the Hackett tradition of a multicultural cross-genre collaborative approach, in a similar vein to 2015’s ‘Wolflight’, with many guest musicians from around the world. Rob Townsend (wind instruments) certainly proved his mettle on the newer songs with an impressive display and a variety of styles.

The second half concentrated on the ‘Wind And Wuthering’ album – ‘Eleventh Earl Of Mar’, ‘Blood On The Rooftops’ (with drummer Gary O’Toole providing the vocals), ‘In That Quiet Earth’, ‘Afterglow’ – and other familiar Genesis classics including ‘Firth of Fifth’ and ‘Dancing With The Moonlit Knight’.  Nad Sylvan once again handles the vocals for the Genesis material and seems to be developing his own style with the songs more and more.  Roger King plays Tony Banks’ keyboard parts effortlessly – including the notoriously tricky piano intro to ‘Firth Of Fifth’.  The major surprise of the night was the inclusion of ‘Supper’s Ready’ for the first time on this tour (at the expense of ‘One For The Vine’, ‘Dance On A Volcano’ and ‘Inside And Out’). With Steve and his band due to play ‘Supper’s Ready’ with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra the following night, I guess it’s not surprising they felt like giving it an outing. The appreciative audience was treated to ‘The Musical Box’ as the encore.

Backed as ever by his highly talented band (including the returning bassist Nick Beggs), Steve Hackett and co once again delivered a stellar performance lasting over two hours. Seeing Steve up close and playing the solo in ‘Firth of Fifth’ will always be a highlight of the show for me.

Touring continues in Europe in late March, April and May in Europe and the UK.  Steve seems to be currently on a two year new album/new tour cycle  – if so, hopefully he’ll return to Canada/North America next year when he is rumoured to be playing the Montreal and Quebec areas.

Set List – Steve Hackett, The Oakville Centre – 2nd March

Every Day
El Nino
Out of The Body
The Steppes
In The Skeleton Gallery
Behind The Smoke
Shadow Of The Hierophant (closing section)
Eleventh Earl Of Mar
Blood On The Rooftops
…In That Quiet Earth
Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
Firth of Fifth
Supper’s Ready

The Musical Box

Steve Hackett: Guitars, Vocals
Nad Sylvan: Vocals
Nick Beggs: Bass
Roger King: Keyboards
Gary O’Toole: Drums
Rob Townsend: Wind Instruments

Click here to read my review of Steve’s performance with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on March 3rd

Click here to read my interview with Steve Hackett, discussing ‘The Night Siren’


Steve Hackett – US/Canada 2017 Tour Dates Announced


Hot on the heels of last week’s UK Tour announcement, Steve Hackett has released details of US/Canadian dates next February and March.

Dates revealed so far are:

7 – 11 February  – Cruise to the Edge (Tampa, Cozumel, Mexico)

17 February – Victoria Theater, NEWARK, NJ, USA

22 February – Ridgefield Palyhouse, RIDGEFIELD, CT, USA

23 February – NYCB, WESTBURY, NY, USA

24 February – Santander PAC, READING, PA, USA

25 February – Playstation Theater, NEW YORK, NY, USA

2 March – Oakville Centre, Oakville, ONTARIO, CANADA

3 March – Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, USA

Ticket pricing and availability can be found on .

Details of the new show taken from Steve’s website:

Former Genesis guitarist and prog legend Steve Hackett is returning with an exciting new show for a 15 date UK tour next spring after his outstanding performance at this year’s inaugural Stone Free Festival.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Genesis album Wind and Wuthering, Steve and his band will be performing several tracks from the album as well as fan favourites such as ‘The Musical Box’ and other Genesis numbers never performed before by Steve’s band such as ‘Inside & Out’ and ‘Anyway’.

“I’m excited to bring my latest show involving a new set of Genesis and Hackett numbers to the UK in 2017!” – Steve Hackett

With an established solo career spanning over 40 years, Steve will also be performing some of his popular hits such as ‘The Steppes’, ‘Serpentine’, ‘Every Day’ and the first ever live performance of ‘Rise Again’ from his 1999 album Darktown. Steve will also be introducing fans to new music from his forthcoming album, which is due out early spring 2017.

Joining Steve on the tour are musicians Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes), Nick Beggs (bass, stick & twelve string) and Nad Sylvan on vocals.

Since the 1970’s Steve has had a remarkable musical career, releasing more than 30 solo albums, seven Genesis albums and working alongside Steve Howe of YES with supergroup GTR. Renowned for being one of the most innovative rock musicians of our time, in 2010 he was inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame.

Continuing to impress with his outstanding live shows ‘Genesis Revisted with Classic Hackett’ is a tour not to missed in 2017.

The 2017 Touring band:

Steve Hackett: Guitars, Vocals
Nad Sylvan: Vocals
Nick Beggs: Bass
Roger King: Keyboards
Gary O’Toole: Drums
Rob Townsend: Saxes/Flutes

Stick Men – US/Canada Tour Dates 2016

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I’m excited about the return of Stick Men to Canada in April. Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter visit Montreal, Quebec, Toronto and Kitchener as part of a 25 date tour.

In other Stick Men news, their Pledge Music goal to fund the printing of full score books of the ‘Absalom’ and ‘Deep’ albums has reached its goal.

STICK MEN  Continuum Tour, USA/Canada 2016
April 13   Havana / New Hope, PA
April 14   Roxy & Dukes / Dunellen, NJ
April 15   Iridium / NYC
April 16   Iridium / NYC
April 17   Infinity Hall / Norfolk, CT
April 19   Turning Point / Piermont, NY
April 20   Daryl’s House / Pawling, NY
April 21   Iron Horse / Northampton, MA
April 22   Natick Ctr for Arts / Natick, MA
April 23   Van Dyck / Schenectady, NY
April 24   Loving Cup/ Rochester, NY
April 26   Lost Horizon / Syracuse, NY
April 27   Cafe Campus / Montreal, QE
April 28   Le Cercle / Quebec, QE
April 30   The Mod Club / Toronto, ON
May 1   Dallas Night Club / Kitchener, ON
May 3   Callahan’s Music Hall / Auburn Hills, MI
May 4   Reggie’s / Chicago, IL
May 5   Reggie’s / Chicago, IL
May 6   Shank Hall / Milwaukee
May 7   Hipps / Eau Claire, WI
May 8   Fine Line Music Cafe / Minneapolis
May 10   Rascals / Moline, IL
May 11   Old Rock House / St. Louis
May 15   Beachland Music Hall / Cleveland

Marillion Announce 2016 US/Canada Tour

Marillion will be spending a lot of 2016 on the road in support of their as yet untitled 18th studio album – happily the 13 date North American Tour includes 2 dates in Canada. Tickets are already on sale from the usual outlets and selling fast.

The new album is due around Spring, and once again the band are in partnership with PledgeMusic to fund the release:

The band will be supported by John Wesley (live guitarist from Porcupine Tree) on all dates.

Tour Dates are as follows:

October 21: San Francisco The Regency Ballroom, CA
October 22: Beverly Hills Saban Theater, CA
October 25: Denver Paramount Theatre, CP
October 27: Chicago Vic Theatre, IL
October 28: Chicago Vic Theatre, IL
October 29: Northfield Hard Rock Live, OH
October 31: Toronto Danforth Music Hall, ON
November 01: Montreal Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre, QC
November 02: Québec L’Impérial Bell, QC
November 04: Boston Royale Boston, MA
November 05: Washington 9:30 Club, DC
November 06: Philadelphia Keswick Theatre, PA
November 08: New York PlayStation Theater, NY

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