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ConcertsSteve Hackett Genesis Revisited returns to Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 10/22/2

Posted on Wednesday, October 23 2013 @ 05:21:46 CDT by Dean Pedley
Progressive Rock Such was the high demand to experience Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited tour this return visit to Birmingham's Symphony Hall came just five months after the original sold out show. Speaking about Zappa Plays Zappa, Dweezil Zappa is quoted as saying that "if you…call us a tribute band, you have to call an orchestra a tribute band" and the same can be said of Hackett and his stellar group of musicians. This is a performance that celebrates some classic musical moments of the 1970's and at the same time breathes new life into old furniture.

Arguably the finest venue in the country, Symphony Hall provides the perfect setting for what is a hugely impressive production. As always the sound is crystal clear with each note played and each word sung shining through with a remarkable clarity. After several months on the road principal vocalist Nad Sylvan is even more comfortable in the role, revelling in the theatrical side of the show during everyone's favourite song of murder by croquet mallet aka 'The Musical Box'. There were several changes to the set list from the show back in May including 'The Return of the Giant Hogweed', introduced by Hackett as "a bit of a stomper" and complete with nightmarish animation of rampaging weeds.

Drummer Gary O'Toole repeated his excellent lead vocals on a stirring 'Blood on the Rooftops' and the stage came alive in an explosion of light and sound for 'Afterglow'. The rest of the band are not merely bystanders, bassist Lee Pomeroy and keyboardist Roger King offered some dazzling interplay between themselves and Hackett and Rob Townsend lets rip on his sax during 'I Know What I Like'. Inevitably 'Supper's Ready' remains the centrepiece of the set and is treated by both band and audience alike with the reverence it deserves across what is another flawless performance that could only be completed by a thunderous ovation. Some two and a half hours long, the show closed in a swirl of lights and mist with 'Los Endos'.

Although Hackett has stated it will not run indefinitely, Genesis Revisited is scheduled to continue into 2014 with dates in North America, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia already announced; a show that is rich in ideas and drama it is simply not to be missed.

Watcher Of The Skies
Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
Fly On A Windshield
Broadway Melody Of 1974
The Return of the Giant Hogweed
The Musical Box
Blood On The Rooftops
Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers...
...In That Quiet Earth
The Fountain of Salmacis
I Know What I Like
Dance On A Volcano
Supper's Ready
Firth Of Fifth
Los Endos

Review by Dean Pedley
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