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Steve Hackett at Fillmore Detroit, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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It's fair to say Steve Hackett has had a long, and robust, "second chapter" in his music career.



The British guitarist left Genesis in 1977 after nearly seven years, and six studio albums. He's gone on to record more than two dozen solo albums (Including last year's "At the Edge of Light") and form short-lived collaborations with Yes members Steve Howe (GTR) and the late Chris Squire (Squackett).



Hackett, 70, has maintained a presence on the road as well, and this year he's out playing Genesis' "Selling England By the Pound" in its entirety and also celebrating the anniversaries of his "Spectral Mornings" and "Defector" albums. He's also writing a memoir, with clearly plenty to fill those pages...



Hackett says by phone that this year's concert is "the most comprehensive show I think I've done. I'm playing my favorite Genesis album -- it's one John Lennon gave his seal of approval to. I think (Genesis) took a quantum leap forward on that album. There was something about the fluency of the writing. And the opening song, 'Dancing With the Moonlit Night,' is my favorite Genesis track of all time. I don't think there's another song on Earth like that, so it's great to be playing it."



And about that John Lennon "seal of approval"... "At the time he said we were one of the bands he was listening to, so that was good enough for me. A lot of the Genesis guys are very sort of impassive, stiff upper lip, the British thing, but I now at least two guys were excited about it -- Peter Gabriel and me. Whatever everybody else thought, I never know, but it was a Bealtle, so you cannot be that cool about it, can you?"



Besides the memoir Hackett is in the process of mixing live recordings from 2019 and working on new material for his next album. "I write new stuff every day, even if it's just a phrase. That's important to me to always be working on something. Just having a notebook in front of me is the best thing, and I've I've got an instrument there, too, that's even better. There are always ideas."



Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited performs Wednesday, March 4, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors at 7 p.m. $29.50-$125. 313-961-5451 or thefillmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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