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STEVE HACKETT, Guildhall, Gloucester
A sell out crowd at Gloucester's Guildhall eagerly awaited the return of
the master, and they were in for a treat. Steve Hackett was at his
songs fitted perfectly into the set, beginning the show with songs from
'Beyond The Shrouded Horizon' and treating us to the new soulful guitar
sounds with 'A Place Called Freedom'.
injected humour and anecdotes between songs and rolled back the years to
include songs from "that old band" as Steve called them....from 'Carpet
Crawlers' to "No flies on my windshield whatsoever" as Steve recalls it.
held them all together superbly on keyboards with his delicate touch and
combined with Rob Townsend on sax they began the magical journey to
"Firth of something" (Steve's words) until Steve took over the journey
with spine tingling power and majesty, enhanced by Phil Mulford's roof
acoustic skills were as mesmerizing as ever in 'Horizons' and leading
into 'Blood On The Rooftops', joined with equal passion and feeling on
drums and vocals by Gary O'Toole.
Being Remembrance Day, Steve paid special homage to Richard Stewart,
cellist on Steve's albums, who sadly passed away recently. Richard's
family were attending the gig and no doubt Richard was watching on high
as Steve also respected our fallen heroes in 'The Golden Age of Steam'.
voice was added to the show with Amanda Lehmann taking the lead vocals
on 'Shadow of the Heirophant'. Amanda added a fine feminine touch with
her smooth rhythm guitar, contrasted with Steve's heart pounding
strength on the guitar solo.
A surprise guest appearance from Steve's brother John on flute gave
beautiful ethereal tones to 'Hands of the Priestess'.
One of the many highlights of the evening was Steve's classic
'Everyday', which he relished in uplifting the entire venue with
timeless, entrancing guitar playing, followed by an applause long enough
for the band to go to the bar for a swift pint!...but it was on with the
was anything of the roof left it was thoroughly blown away with the
finale of 'Los Endos', opening the skies for an encore of 'Watcher of
the Skies' and finishing with Steve's thoughts of what happens when we
go to that great gig in the sky with 'Spectral Mornings'.
Th crowd left the venue on Cloud 9 and queued for autographs after.
returns for more performances in February, don't miss it!
Photos by Lee Millward
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