Former Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Rocks Scottish Rite Auditorium
By Rob Nagy
In what has evolved in recent years into an annual fall concert swing of the east coast, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Hackett recently returned to Collingswood, New Jersey’s Scottish Rite Auditorium.
Touring in support of his latest solo effort, “Wolflight,” as well as the 40th anniversary of his first solo album, “Voyage of the Acolyte,” Hackett and his band (Roger King (keyboards) Nad Sylvan (vocals), Gary O'Toole (drums), Roine Stolt (bass, twelve string and guitar) and Rob Townsend (saxes, flutes and keyboards)), played to a customary sellout crowd of die hard fans.
Approaching show time, an intense energy of anticipation filled the air and soon erupted into a standing ovation, whistles and cheers, as Hackett and his fellow musicians emerged from a dimly lit, fog-laden stage.
The nearly two and a half hour concert offered something for every Hackett and early Genesis fan. Showcasing a selection of solo compositions spanning his entire career, Hackett navigated through gripping renditions of “Spectral,” “Out of Body,” “Wolflight,” “Every Day,” “Love Song to a Vampire,” “The Wheel’s Turning,” “Loving Sea,” “Icarus Ascending,” “Ace of Wands,” “Tower Struck” and “Hierophant.”
Following a brief intermission, the evening’s closing set (including fan favorites “Get ‘Em Out By Friday,” “Can-Utility and the Coastliners,” “The Cinema Show,” “Aisle of Plenty,” “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” and “The Musical Box”) paid tribute to the Genesis years leading up to Hackett’s 1977 departure.
Throughout the evening, Hackett shared the spotlight by showcasing the individual and collective talents of his stellar band.
At the close of “The Musical Box,” an extended standing ovation shook the building. Hackett and his band cordially returned to the stage to close out the night with riveting renditions of “Clocks” and the Genesis classic “Firth of Fifth.”
After another mesmerizing performance, Hackett’s loyal fans are surely anticipating the return of this musical genius.
Photo by Rob Nagy