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Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett to perform in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE – Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square.

“Imaginative Guitarist-writer seeks involvement with receptive musicians, determined to strive beyond existing stagnant music forms Steve 730-2445.” It was this ad placed in the British music publication, Melody Maker, in 1970 by Steve Hackett that lead to Peter Gabriel contacting him and his joining Genesis as their guitarist. Six studio albums and three live albums with Genesis and 26 studio and 11 live solo albums later, Hackett continues to stay true to this same musical goal.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 as part of Genesis, selected as Guitarist of the Year by the Classic Rock Society the last two years in a row and with Orange Amplification presenting Steve with their Live Event Award during their 2013 Progressive Music Awards for his “Genesis Revisited” tour at Hammersmith Apollo in London, Hackett continues to deliver both in the studio and live in concert.

For the last three years, Hackett has conducted two successful world tours, titled “Genesis Revisited” and “Genesis Extended,” where he brought back to the stage the music of Genesis to the delight of fans performing such classics as “Supper’s Ready,” “Firth of Fifth,” “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe),” several songs from “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway,” “Dance on the Volcano” and many others. Hackett is launching a new 67-date world tour, “Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited – The Total Experience.” Fans can expect many classic solo pieces from his first solo album right through to his latest studio album, “Wolflight,” along with a number of additional Genesis classics such as “The Cinema Show” and “The Musical Box.”

On “Wolflight,” Hackett provides a collection of 12 songs that draw on many life experiences as inspiration for his music, and his wife Jo brings a new and wonderful element to his music with her contributions. Along with his original writing style, there are echoes of Genesis that help the listener appreciate the significant contributions and impact that Hackett brought to the Genesis sound. Throughout the recording Hackett blends symphonic rock with harder rock, classical, blues and Middle Eastern music forms as easily as he blends his electric guitar with acoustic ones.

There are a number of memorable moments on “Wolflight,” including a duo with the late Chris Squire of Yes on bass guitar. Hackett also works with the band Todmobile from Iceland, who contributes the song “Midnight Sun” that at times sounds like Tears For Fears. In addition to Squire and Todmobile, there is a full cast of superb musicians and vocalists filling out the recording, including longtime collaborator Roger King, who handles the keyboards.

Hackett has influenced guitarist as diverse as Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Eddie Van Halen and Steve Rotheny.

In addition to his solo work and Genesis, he also was the co-founder of GTR with Steve Howe of Yes, which released an album in 1986. In 2012, he released the collaboration effort “Squackett” with Chris Squire.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.kirbycenter.org.