Friday 2nd of October Steve Hackett and band played The Boerderij in Zoetermeer (Boerderij is Dutch for ‘farm’ coincidental the name of the former Genesis studio in Surrey). I saw him twice before. In June 1977 in Rotterdam in one of the last concerts he played as a member of Genesis and in 1979 in Utrecht as he toured for the first time with his new band.
This concert was a showcase of his solo work from 1975 till now and a section of old Genesis work from 1971-1977. It was an amazing evening: his solo work powerful and energetically put forward by an amazing and gifted band. But most stunning for me were the fresh and powerful interpretations of the Genesis songs. They showcased the stamp he put on Genesis at that time. And so fresh and amazingly vital, it was hard to realize they are almost 45 years old. Can-Utility and the Coast Liners, Get ’em out by Friday, The Lamb Lies down on Broadway, The Musical Box, Cinema Show and especially After the Ordeal. A wonderful trip down memory lane bringing back fond memories while enjoying the talent of a unique creative guitarist.
For all who are still reading by now here are some photos.