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Steve Hackett - The Total Experience Live In Liverpool DVD review

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Two-DVD live show taking in Steve Hackett's solo stuff old and new, plus Genesis classics.

Peter Gabriel aside, 70s-era Genesis were never a band that appeared particularly comfortable in the spotlight. Maybe it was the fact they all sat down to play, but you got the impression that if they could have performed behind a curtain and let Pete do his thing, that would have suited their shy personalities. Even now, 40 years since his own departure from that band, Steve Hackett still looks just a little uncomfortable at centre stage with all eyes on him.

So when the atmospheric lights of this live show’s introductory passages are replaced by a bright white glare, and the show begins by launching into Spectral Mornings, it’s no surprise to find that Hackett barely looks up from his Les Paul fretboard, the master at work, not to be disturbed.

Hackett revisits the Genesis songs with effortless elan.

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