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Steve Hackett, 'Genesis Revisited: Live At The Royal Albert Hall'
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Steve Hackett, 'Genesis Revisited: Live At The Royal Albert Hall'

The Peter Gabriel-led lineup of Genesis is so desperately missed by prog fanatics that guitarist Steve Hackett, who played in the group from 1971 to 1977, can effortlessly sell out venues as huge as the Royal Albert Hall by hiring five unknowns and playing the classics. A show like that could have easily come off like a sad tribute to days long past, but Hackett is an amazingly passionate player and his band treats the material with incredible respect. For this show, they're joined by Asia's John Wetton for "Firth of Fifth" and by largely-forgotten late Nineties Genesis frontman Ray Wilson on "Carpet Crawlers" and "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe.)" These are songs that Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel have absolutely zero interest in ever playing again — including a 26-minute run through "Supper's Ready" — meaning this is as close to the real thing as we're ever going to get. By Andy Greene

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