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Shepherds Bush Empire 14 November 2009
It was his
determinaton to "strive beyond existing stagnant musical forms" that
attracted a certain Mr Gabriel to Steve's Musician Available advert in
Melody Maker almost 40 years ago.
Fast forward to present day Shepherds Bush and those words still ring
true. For over 2 hours the man that inspired Eddie to get tapping and
Yngwie to start sweeping, delivered a unique and inspired performance with
to-die-for tunes, tone and technique.
with the distinctly Crimson-esque 'Mechanical Bride', all bases were
definitely covered, with Kaja's Nick Beggs reinvented as a stick-wielding
leather-clad E-string terminatrix. The rest of the band might have had a
subtler demeanour, but they also "killed".
New tracks from the excellent Tunnel's Mouth collection nestled amongst
classic Hackett, such as the Steppes, Slogans and Spectral Mornings.
buffs were also rewarded with contributions from Steve's Genesis pension
plan including the ever-sanguine Blood on the Rooftops and the firthy one
with "that solo".
Brother John (the real not the rael one) was given a hero's welcome and
rewarded us with fine flute corner man's performance with the effervescent
Fittingly, the evening was rounded off more than nicely with Los Endos.
might complain that the progtastically-titled, yet rarely performed,
Shadow of the Hierophant deserved an outing on such a special night.
However, I fear that the stately drama of that track would have laid waste
to most of Steve's audience with its sheer power and beauty. Particularly
the extended version that appears as a bonus track on the CD reissue.
real wonder of Steve as a composer and player. His music has an
other-worldly intangible quality that makes it both compelling and
timeless, as he amply demonstrated tonight. May he never stagnate.
SET LIST (and source album)
Bride (TWTS) / Fire On The Moon (OOTTM) / Every Day (SM) / Emerald And
Ash (OOTTM) / Ghost In The Glass (OOTTM) / Ace Of Wands (VOTA) /
Pollution B (TWTS) / Jacuzzi (D) / The Steppes (D) / Slogans (D) /
Serpentine Song (TWTS) / Tubehead (OOTTM) / Spectral Mornings (SM) /
Firth Of Fifth (SEBTP) / Walking Away From Rainbows (GN) / Horizons (F)
/ Blood On The Rooftops (WAW) / Fly On The Windshield (LLDOB) / Broadway
Melody Of 1974 (LLDOB) Sleepers (OOTTM) / Still Waters (OOTTM) / Los
Endos (TOTT) / Clocks (SM)
Review by Andy
Photos by Noel
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