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Review: Steve Hackett, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

By Nottingham Post  |  Posted: October 27, 2014

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STEVE Hackett was rightly annoyed by the recent Genesis TV documentary in which his contribution was downplayed and his solo career brushed out.

But the talented guitarist's show at the Royal Concert Hall, part of his Genesis Extended tour, proved at an epic two hours and 20 minutes that sometimes it's possible to have too much of a good thing.

After a sparkling start, with a dramatic Dance On A Volcano, the focus vanished. An odd set list didn't help – including the dull Squonk, which Hackett had no part in writing, yet nothing from Wind And Wuthering, which features his largest contribution to any Genesis album - but the biggest problem was over-reverence.

Still, it was great to hear Hackett's classic solo on Firth Of Firth and the closing Los Endos, incorporating his solo tune Slogans, was majestic.

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The predominantly middle-aged audience veered between polite attention and outright ecstasy - one chap ripped his shirt off and whirled it round his head at the end of The Musical Box, but weirdly was the only person in the hall on his feet at that moment. An eccentric moment that strangely summed up the night.

By Sean Hewitt

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