Steve Hackett: "I’m proud to say this music is still inspiring people"
Venue: Sheffield City Hall
The former Genesis guitarist continues his successful shows in which he showcases his solo work and revisits some of his old band’s classics
Here come the prog rock faithful, an army of gatefold-sleeve connoisseurs converging on Sheffield City Hall like punk never happened. The musical siren tempting them out on this brisk evening is a live set by Steve Hackett, including a hefty slab of vintage Genesis tunes first recorded four decades ago. It’s an impressively decent crowd for such a specialist show, almost filling the Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall, a handsome three-tier auditorium with a capacity nudging 2,300. And tonight they’re going to party like it’s 1976.
In the bowels of the City Hall, Hackett is signing autographs, posing for selfies and chatting with meet-and-greet fans. Genial and discursive, he introduces Classic Rock to his charming third wife and touring companion Jo Lehmann, a writer who occasionally contributes lyrics and vocals to his music. Apologising for the lack of rock-star excess backstage, Hackett quips that his dressing room habits are “more ovaltine than overdose” nowadays.