Steve Hackett - Continuing a rich legacy that began with Genesis.

Steve Hackett – Live At Reading Festival 1981 – Nights At The Roundtable: Mini-Concert Edition

Steve Hackett - Continuing a rich legacy that began with Genesis.

Steve Hackett – Continuing a rich legacy that began with Genesis.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Steve Hackett – In Concert At Reading Festival 1981 – BBC6 Music

I think it’s safe to say, particularly if you’re a long-term Genesis fan, that when Peter Gabriel left the band it was paralyzing blow. But when Steve Hackett left the band it signaled a death-knell.

The departure of these two key members from one of the most influential and popular Progressive bands in the world from the early 70s onwards spelled an end to a musical adventure that broke uncharted ground for decades after. It also signaled a change in the band towards more formulaic Pop which, although it sold very well, had none of the adventuresome spirit the original band had. In short, they gained their fame, but they lost their purpose.

That Steve Hackett has continued on with a solo career which, if anything, has picked up where he left off with Genesis, is a tribute to his pioneering vision and his artistry, and just how much of that helped create the sound and musical world of his former band is abundantly evident in this Reading Festival concert from 1981 and recorded by the ever-present BBC.

A half-hour extract from a much longer show, it’s still a showcase for Steve Hackett.

If you’re familiar with his work, this will be a nice reminder of that period at the beginning of the 80s and how much the spirit of the original Genesis permeated this performance.

If you aren’t familiar, this will be a nice sampler of what you really need to look further into. Steve Hackett is launching a new tour for 2014 and will be touring the U.S. extensively. I would urge you to show up at any of his upcoming concerts.

I promise it’ll be worth it.

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