Not too long ago, to be precise just over two years, Steve did a tour that started in "De Boerderij" if I recall correctly.
Because of legal problems the album Out Of Tunnel's Mouth hadn't been released at the time but still Steve and his band did a marvelous show nonetheless.
He returned to 'De Boerderij" in May 2010 to promote the album properly, this time with the addition of Amanda Lehmann on guitar & vocals.
These tours resulted in the double-album Live Rails.
Steve sorted out his legal issues, got remarried with Jo Lehmann in June this year and came up with yet another stunning album: Beyond The Shrouded Horizons.
To promote this album and to present his new live DVD Fire & Ice, recorded at Shepherds Bush Empire, Steve and his electric band went out to tour Europe again.
This time Nick Beggs couldn't make it to join Steve on stage because he had other obligations playing in Steven Wilson's band at the same time.
An old friend of Steve's and a well respected session player stepped in to play the bass: Phil Mulford.
"De Boerderij" had been sold out and it was a truly nice and friendly atmosphere.
The sound was near to perfect as usual but from a photographer's point of view,
the absence of a pit and the venue being sold out prevented me from roaming around to shoot the best possible pics.
Steve only played his Fernandes Goldtop and during his solo, of course his acoustic guitar.
Because Phil Mulford doesn't play the Stick and his stage presentation is 'more common' than the somewhat more extravagant outfit and presentation of Nick Beggs.
All the tracks from the new album sounded extraordinary well and some of the nice surprises were The Golden Age Of Steam,
from the album Darktown and Walking Away From Rainbows from the album Guitar Noir.
The addition of Amanda Lehmann proved to be a very good one, because the renditions of several songs was even better than the show in
The absolute highlight for me this evening was the astonishingly good version of Shadow of the Hierophant from Steve's debut solo album Voyage Of The Acolyte.
At the time Sally Oldfield did a very nice job but Amanda's contribution in my opinion was even better.
In spite of the awesome sound I still tend to miss the vintage keyboards and I've heard Gary O'Toole sing slightly better when attempting to perform the Genesis songs.
I also had the impression that the sound of Steve's guitar was slightly better in 2009: more sustain and a more 'sweeping sound',
particularly obvious in the extra encore on this night's show Spectral Mornings.
Nonetheless, in spite of these remarks it had been an evening a pure delight, the whole venue responding with the utmost enthusiasm after every song.
It must have meant something to Steve and his band and considering the length of the show (nearly 2 1/2 hours)
their reward for the appreciation of the audience must have been this exceptionally long show.
Hackett is still an amazing guitarist with his own style,
technique and recognizable sound and he has proven throughout the years he is still capable of capturing the essence
of all of his music as a solo artist as well as with Genesis.
His current band are highly qualified musicians and as long as Steve manages to maintain this level of quality, we haven't seen the last of him yet.
Before the show I had the utmost pleasure to meet the phenomenal guitar player (and his charming wife!)
in person and although his reflections will be published in the Interviews section shortly,
he told me he is planning to join The Musical Box on stage in Switzerland, so Swiss fans and other fans who live near Zürich, keep your eyes and ears open!
The Phoenix Flown
A Place Called Freedom
The Golden Age of Steam
Fire on the Moon
Waking to Life
The Carpet Crawlers
Firth of Fifth
Shadow of the Hierophant
Enter The Night
Walking Away From Rainbows
Blood on the Rooftops
Fly on a Windshield