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Thursday, July 1, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Steve Hackett

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Getting his shred on
  • Getting his shred on

It’s hard to overstate guitarist Steve Hackett’s contributions to prog-rock. Four decades ago, when he was just 20 years old, Hackett became an integral part of Genesis, one of the most visionary bands in prog history. Over seven years and albums, Hackett set a high standard with the band, and although his tenure was relatively brief, he was there during the group’s most influential and interesting period. Hackett was the first Genesis member to record a solo album — 1975’s Voyage of the Acolyte — and that creative freedom led to his departure in 1977. He flirted with the group concept again in 1986 with GTR (featuring Yes guitarist Steve Howe), but Hackett has maintained a curious solo career, releasing albums that offer varying degrees of progressive, pop, classical, and rock elements in acoustic and electric contexts. His epic new album, Out of the Tunnel’s Mouth, is a symphonic triumph incorporating all of his astonishing gifts. Hackett, with Renaissance, play House of Blues at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-$45. Call 216-523-2583 or go to houseofblues.com.—Brian Baker

Review the show at clevescene.com/concertscene

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