FRESH from the success of his Genesis Revisited albums and tours, Steve Hackett is taking another live show around the UK.

Genesis, originally formed in 1967, are one of the most popular and best-selling progressive rock bands ever, and all its members – including former lead guitarist Hackett – have gone on to enjoy further success with various solo projects.

The anticipation of the audience crammed into York Barbican was palpable, the excited chatter only dying away when the lights went down and the music began. The extended instrumental intro was both atmospheric and energising, blending synth rock guitar and heavy percussive beats, setting the bar for the rest of the night.

Hackett explained that there would be two sets; the first would feature material taken from his own solo endeavours, while the second would be devoted to Genesis works. What followed can only be described as an orgy of swelling synth chords, trippy flutes and protracted guitar solos, the style and mood never staying settled for long enough to develop a consistent tone. One moment it would be peaceful and angelic, and the next it would be downright dark and sinister. It definitely kept you guessing.

The second set was more sedate, making for a more cohesive – if less creatively insane – latter half. Guest vocalist Nad Sylvan’s enthusiastic, if sporadic, contributions were well received and, when the performers finally departed, a four-minute standing ovation called them back on, whereupon they delivered a stellar medley of thundering drums and wailing guitars.