Steve Hackett Verviers 26 May 2010.

Steve Hackett will be playing at Nearfest. With some other great bands, see this spot for the line-upp.

Dutch dates:

Monday 24th May - Mezz, Breda, Netherlands
Tuesday 25th May - Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Wednesday 26th May - Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium.

All the tour dates.
Including US, Canada & Japan!

Pictures from the great Spirit of 66 Verviers.

The band line-up:

Steve Hackett - Guitar & Vocals

Roger King - Keyboards

Rob Townsend - Sax, Flute, Whistle, Percussion & Vocals

Nick Beggs - Bass, Chapman Stick & Vocals

Amanda Lehmann - Guitar & Vocals

Gary O’Toole - Drums, Percussion & Vocals.

Great performance of Steve and band.
Absolute flawless.
Starting with heavy "Mechancial Bride", a song full of tempo changes, jazz-rock, experimental psychedelic tunes and Rock!
The journey went from songs of his first album, "Ace Of Wands", from "Every Day" ('79) till his latest album. And of course some songs of a band he was member of, a long long time ago... " Carpet Crawlers" song by Gary was sublime, the crowd went mad and sung loader as the great drummer.
"Firth of Fifth" was one of the highlights, of course, and some very great instrumentals, like "Los Endos" and "Spectral Mornings" were kicking asses.
An small acoustic set gave the audience a break and a change to get some air in the over-loaded "Spirit of 66". Joined by Roger on keys and Rob on alt sax.
The band had fun and was truly amazed about the applause they got after every song, Steve looked a bit flabbergasted.
The bluesy 'Still Waters' from the new album showed Steves ability to play more then Prog-Rock.
Besides the excellent guitar work the vocal harmonies were wonderful. Steve voice isn't so great anymore, but with effects and the harmonies it became really enjoyable. Certainly the backing vocals of Amanda, who played some nice riffs aswell, was more as welcome.
Nick Beggs (ex-Iona and and and) is a fantastic bass player and he was able to let his Chapman Stick sing. The use of the woodwinds and flute makes the whole sound excotic, sometimes jazzy, i like that. I was amazed how this tiny Rob Townsend was able to get such a great long and powerful solo's out his sax, almost magic.
Roger King is a longtime collaborater with Steve and we all know why; a great fluid keyboard player who understands his job.
And Steve? Stealing the show with his great guitar work, sometimes fast, sometimes slow, but always great. He's not the greatets showman, but he tells stories and is in for a joke.

Go and see this band, this Rocks!



Steve signing CD's ;-)


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