Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best of Steve Hackett Solo

The genesis of the guitar work in Genesis belongs to Steve Hackett.

Given the fact it has been almost fifty years since Hackett left Genesis – that leaves a huge body of solo work to discuss.

Please listen below to some of the best Steve Hackett solo tracks.

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Rick Keene Music Scene -The Musical Box;Turning Genesis Into An Extravanza

In the big scheme of things, very few people saw Genesis live in their orginal formation.

Before fans knew it – Peter Gabriel was gone and shortly after, Steve Hackett followed. Fans of the original material who missed out on the theatrics and brilliant musicianship of the original  line -up live were out of luck.

Out of luck until the Quebec – formed Musical Box took matters into their own hands and recreated the early years with precision. The Musical Box are the only Genesis Tribute band to be supported by the members of Genesis themselves.

They are that good.

Following twenty five years as the top Genesis tribute act – the members have decided to change things up a bit. An extravaganza is on the way …

Please listen below to my chat with the musical director and the ‘Mike Rutherford’ of The Musical Box,  Sebastien Lamothe.

Sebastien? What’s up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Former Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Discusses New Album , Old Friends and A Scary World. Part One and Two

Montreal is a Genesis hub.

Along with bands such as Styx and Supertramp, Genesis were received and applauded in Montreal before the world embraced their talents. Consisting of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett – Genesis served up a decade of classic music. Prog Rock. Cutting  age material that remains ahead of it’s time.

Steve Hackett , the former guitarist, feels the love  for his former band every time he is in town. Show after show are sellouts and the level of his performances  never cease to amaze.

Wolflight ( released in 2015 ) was the reason for Steve’s last trip to Montreal and in 2018 – another two albums are behind the jaunt to La Belle Province.

Please listen below to PART ONE and PART TWO of my chat and discover things both new and old.

Steve ? What’s Up ?

 

 

 

 

Visit Steve Here !

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – Former Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Discusses New Album , Old Friends and A Scary World. 

Montreal is a Genesis hub.

Along with bands such as Styx and Supertramp, Genesis were received and applauded in Montreal before the world embraced their talents. Consisting of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett – Genesis served up a decade of classic music. Prog Rock. Cutting  age material that remains ahead of it’s time.

Steve Hackett , the former guitarist, feels the love  for his former band every time he is in town. Show after show are sellouts and the level of his performances  never cease to amaze.

Wolflight ( released in 2015 ) was the reason for Steve’s last trip to Montreal and in 2018 – another two albums are behind the jaunt to La Belle Province.

Please listen below to PART ONE of my chat and discover things both new and old.

Steve ? What’s Up ?

 

 

Visit Steve Here !

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – Music To Do The Sunday Crossword Puzzle

What to do on a Sunday?

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Open the curtains, make a cup of coffee, grab the paper and do the Sunday Crossword Puzzle.

It is – a no brainer!

Oh – don’t forget to listen to some great tunes! Right here on Rick Keene Music Scene !

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What’s Happening with Jazz All Year Round Series and in Montreal !

As usual …

Lots coming in Montreal !

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The Jazz All Year Round Series is in full flight, Evenko has their usual fine acts and the Holiday season approaches with concerts, shows and fund raising efforts.

Please listen below to some of the upcoming events, some great tunes and information to help the less fortunate and the sick.

Thanks for listening! Talk soon …

 

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Listen to my Interview with Rocky Here!

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Check out Bands for Baskets Here!

 

Buy Tickets for A Magical Musical Evening to Combat Prostate Cancer Here !

 

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Reggae ‘Superstar in Waiting’ Rocky Dawuni ‘Kills’ Montreal !

Bob Marley would be proud

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Over the years, many Reggae ( Marley) – influenced singers and musicians have come and gone. Some, like Peter Tosh, have had successful careers cut tragically short. Most, have a few hits (or none) and fade into obscurity.

Ghana native Rocky Dawuni does not fit into the above category.

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Dawuni has that ‘ je ne sais quoi …’ . That something special which separates the Adeles of the world from the rest of the female singers. Rocky Dawuni is … that special. 

Dawuni was in Montreal last week as part of the Mundial Montreal Festival supporting his 2015 brilliant album;  ‘Branches from the Same Tree’. His concert at Petit Campus a reflection of the energy which is so eloquently produced within this landmark album.

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Smiles and infectious grooves via a delicous and contagious melange of Afro-roots and reggae-based melodies were omnipresent at his very first ‘historic’ Montreal appearance. The ‘poet’ from Ghana, a prancing preacher relaying his wisdom with fiery energy and conviction into a capacity audience filled with bright eyes.

Dawuni is a natural born showman with timely messages for the world within the tunes of a Saint. Dawuni combined these rare talents within each song. He climbed the peak of Mont Royal and sent his vibes brilliantly over the valleys of the pilgrims.

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Dawuni’s backing band, are Rocky’s ‘tribe’. The foot soldiers for a General. Tight, rhythmic – ‘on edge’.

Drums, bass, guitar, and keyboards echoed his latest single ‘African Thriller’ ( part of Branches from the Same Tree) with a influence of African music, traditional music, reggae and eclectic global sounds. Blues, Country-Blues, Rock and roll and everything in between fused together to sculpt a show-stopping tune high in ‘Highlife’  – a genre that originated in Ghana.

Dawuni  is involved with UNICEF, the UN Global Fund and other organizations, and has been named one of Africa’s Top 10 global stars.

All this keeps his lyrics fresh, poignant and cutting edge.

 Dawuni splits his time between the U.S. and Ghana and visits Rwanda, twenty years after the genocide there killed up to a million people. As a guest of the Kigali genocide museum, Rwanda’s ministry of culture, and the NGO Aegis Trust (which promotes post-genocide peace building), Dawuni delivers messages of peace in reality and through his music. In Montreal, that peaceful vibe was present within the most piercing guitar solo or ‘angry’ lyric.

Dawuni displayed urgency, thoughtfulness and humanity at Petit Campus. Empowerment and positivity, knowledge rather than ‘lyrics’.

Now – it’s time for the rest of the world to listen to Rocky Dawuni also !

Listen then sing along. It’s a human thing.

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Visit Rocky Here !

Listen to my Interview with Rocky Here!

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Check out Bands for Baskets Here!

 

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Bands for Baskets and A Magical Musical Evening to Combat Prostate Cancer

 Have you ever starved at Christmas?

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Most people in the West Island receive over a thousand dollars in presents at Christmas in the form of jewelry, gifts and trips. Most people in the West Island don’t realize that over a thousand food baskets are given out at Christmas.

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect Canadian men. One in eight men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.

Prostate cancer is a disease where some prostate cells have lost normal control of growth and division. They no longer function as healthy cells.

A cancerous prostate cell has the following features:
•    Uncontrolled growth
•    Abnormal structure
•    The ability to move to other parts of the body (invasiveness).

It is important to note that not all clusters of cells growing in a mass are cancerous, and that a prostate with an irregular shape is not necessarily cancerous either. It is advisable to ask your doctor what it may be.

Prostate cancer can be slow-growing and some men who develop prostate cancer may live many years without ever having the cancer detected. It is important to get screened regularly so that if you do develop prostate cancer, the appropriate action can be taken. A significant proportion of prostate cancers, if untreated, may have serious consequences.

Please listen below to a pair of very important fundraisers for two growing concerns in Montreal and Canada.

 

Check out Bands for Baskets Here!

Buy Tickets for A Magical Musical Evening to Combat Prostate Cancer Here !

 

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Ask Dave the Bartender – What does Randy Rhoads’ Mom and Michael Jackson Have in Common?

It is not easy being married. Ask any bartender !

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Dave … the Bartender, has heard everything. Drunken confessions, slurred slander and lies and innuendo. All from his Mom !

Please listen below as Dave the Bartender answers your musical questions.

 

 

Buy Tickets for A Magical Musical Evening to Combat Prostate Cancer Here !

 

 

 

 

Steve Hackett – The ‘Genesis’ of His New Album Wolflight. Complete Interview.

Steve Hackett is better known as the lead guitarist with Genesis.

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Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford.

Legends …

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 Following his departure from Genesis after the album Wind and Wuthering was released, Steve Hackett has continued his musical prowess and education.

Adept in Classical, Blues and really – every style of music, Steve Hackett is a true writer, composer and player.

A LEGEND …

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Please listen below to Part One of my interview with Steve as he speaks of his new album Wolflight. Stay tuned for Part Two as the possibility of any Genesis reunion is discussed.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten International Interviews 2014 – Part Three

A lot of talking went on in 2014 ….

Narrowing down all my chats with musicians to ten was quite the task. All of the conversations, all of them – interesting and educational.

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Since I interview so many, two Top Ten lists are in order. One containing people from other countries and two; musicians from Canada. 

Please listen all week as I count them down …

Thanks for listening – talk soon …

 

 

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The ‘ Genesis ‘ of Steve Hackett …

Contrary to popular belief, the lamb did not lay down on Broadway.

Au contraire mon frere …

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In like a lion, out like a lion, stay like a lion. A summation of Genesis’ career. Starting with Peter Gabriel and ending with Phil Collins at the helm; Genesis roared loud and long …

From 1970 until 1978 – Steve Hackett was the lead guitarist in the band. Hackett solidified the position, innovating and bridging the gap between keyboards, cartoons and nursery rhymes. ‘Tapping’ his way into Rock history.

Or- is it Prog Rock history … ?

Please listen to the first part of my interview with Steve as he speaks of many things including the dynamics which led to his departure. Part two explores his guitar techniques.

 

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Ian Mosley: Walk This Way!

Drummer Ian Mosley joined Marillion in 1984, it was the group’s second album. His journey to that point – a learning curve.

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Mosley started  playing drums when he was eight years old – officially.

” I have been told that I received a toy drum when I was three and I drove everyone mad banging it all over the house …” He laughs. ” My father was a classical musician, a violinist. I was raised in a musical family but I rebelled against classical – I wanted to play something a little more aggressive!”

Ian ‘aggressively’ pursued his craft. Foremost in Jazz music and the Big Band sound. His music teacher was responsible for that but then, like most teenagers of that era, soon learned to love and want to play rock music. Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and many more soon became Ian’s new – found love.

” I never was in a proper rock band.” says Ian. I studied in The Guildhall school of music under teacher Gilbert Webster in my late teens and floated around as a session guy. I was based at the Redan studios in  London and basically if the phone rang and someone needed me – I was there. That studio was very popular in those days. Genesis, Yes and a few other bands were always there …”

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It was at the studio, in the kitchen – no less, where Mosley met a man who would ultimately change Ian’s life …

Steve Hackett from Genesis asked me if I could walk. He needed footsteps for his album.” Mosley laughs. ” I said ya – I am pretty good at walking thank you very much!  Steve then recorded me walking up and down in a stairwell for a song on his album. It was a real ambient kind of sound.”

Hackett learned that Ian was a drummer and asked the (then) twenty-six year old percussionist if he would like to jam with him.

“We got along very well and then Steve asked me if I wanted to go on a tour of the Americas with him. It was a quite an honor if I think about it. The most important thing is that Steve is such a nice guy. I ended up playing with him for two or three years and was on his solo albums. It was a great apprenticeship for me playing on the albums Highly Strung, Till We Have Faces, Time Lapse Live, and then Feedback.”

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Mosley does think that his Father’s influence of violin and classical music did end up playing a role in his musical path. Marillion, Steve Hackett  and his other  influences, all along the lines of ‘Progressive Rock‘. A sound within popular music which many consider  ‘classical’.

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” I enjoy playing music in what I call  movement which is the classical format.  I enjoy music that has light and shade and is multi – dimensional really. Prog – rock tends to be that – anything over three minutes …?  I am still not sure what ‘progressive rock’ means. I do not like the term, to me, music is either good or bad, it does not matter if it is two minutes or twenty minutes long. I don’t like the image of progressive rock as Stonehenge with gnomes dancing about and stuff … I am not really into that! I suppose people like to pigeon – hole stuff, if a song takes more than one listen, then they will say – that’s progressive rock. I suppose it makes them feel safer.”

Marillion has been together for thirty years. A fact which leaves Mosley proud and a bit surprised. He thinks it is an amazing accomplishment for not just his band – any band or group of musicians to stay together that long.

” If you had told me in the 1980’s that we would still be playing, I would have thought you completely mad …” Says Mosley. ” It is a lot of hard work and at the same time, a lot of hanging around. A lot of waiting in studios, airports, hotel rooms and dressing rooms. Because of the nature Marillion records, we write everything by jamming. Weeks can go by and nothing happens and then suddenly you can create a couple of real gems. It is well worth it and we ( Marillion) still enjoy it and believe we have a lot of energy to offer. We  still feel we are moving forward.”

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Marillion has just released a new album. It is called ‘Sounds That Can’t be Made’.  The response from the fans has been very positive and Mosley says they have received thousand of emails which gives the band inspiration and a real morale boost.

“You don’t know what people will feel about an album when you are making it. You just make your baby and hope it is accepted. With Marillion, things do change a lot. My theory with the band is that things run in cycles of three albums. In  the early days, the most successful album – Misplaced Childhood, followed by our next two – we had everything written out. When we wrote our second album with  Steve Hogarth, Holidays in Eden, we had a blank canvas and it was the first time ( as a band with that line – up), we were writing together. It was difficult and a lot of hard work. By the time we recorded Brave,  it felt as if we became a complete unit and we were a band traveling down the same road. Usually it takes a year or two before I can listen to one of our albums objectively, with the new one – I listen to it and I believe it is a great album.”

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Mosley, when he is not listening to his own music,  is all over the place in what he listens to in his spare time.

” I like Keane, I think they write great songs. I tend to like bands who have melody. I like Coldplay, I still like Pink Floyd and at the other end of the spectrum I like some of the heavier bands. System of a Down are a great band, they are a little heavier but I think they are a real band. It is them against the world and they have the balance down.”

As far as personal influence goes, Mosley’s  early idols retained a definite connection to the big bands.

” I loved Buddy Rich, Billy Coghlan, Elvin Jones on the Jazz – type stuff. In rock, I loved John Bonham, he was phenomenal. Neil Peart is an amazing player. We opened up for Rush on our Misplaced Childhood tour. He is a great player and Rush is a phenomenal band. They have also been around a long time and are huge here in England. They are also a bunch of great guys, they deserve to be elected into the Hall of Fame.”

Mosley believes that all types of music transport people back to certain simpler times in their lives. Occasions such as  kissing their first girlfriend. He stills get that feeling when he listens to Cat Stevens, a memory bank of a happy childhood comes streaming back. It is for that reason,  he loves doing it and it is why the band has been on the current tour. One which has lasted over a year now.

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” We just finished our first convention in the Netherlands, it was so much fun. It is hard work since we do over eight hours of music over a weekend. On Friday we play the Radiation album and Saturday night – the whole of The Brave album. Sunday we play our new album plus a few greatest hits tossed in. It’s a lot to remember for guys our age. Any age for that matter.”

Following their weekend in Montreal on March  22, 23 and 24th, the band heads back home to do another convention weekend in April. Once the last convention is over, the band is taking a break for a few months.

” After that, we may write in the studio or do a few gigs. I know at Christmas time, we will be doing some shows, it is a tradition with Marillion that goes back to the beginning. When we play gigs, it reminds us why we do this in the first place.”

Mosley admits that the band has gone in cycles with their stage presence. When the budget was there and the band was hungry, a lot of money went into lasers and lights.”

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” I always thought we were Pink Floyd on a smaller budget …” Laughs Mosley. ” We have built our own environment in these conventions. For the weekend gigs, we have a lot of lights and put effort into the shows that way. Regular shows – it is more scaled down. Over the years, it is cheaper and easier to carry stuff around on trucks. Most of the time it is about coming up with ideas that work. For me, it’s all about the music. You do not want to go backstage after a show, look at each other and say – great light show ! I mean if the budget is there – a light show is a bonus!”

After thirty years – it’s a learning curve …

Marillion is playing this coming weekend at Olympia Theatre in Montreal.

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