A few weeks ago, I published an article which concerned itself with rock bands who first reached prominence between the late 60s and early 70s and who are now facing questions about their continuing careers following on from the death or retirement of prominent members:
It looked primarily at U.S. bands but did make some reference to UK bands. Following on from this, opportunity arose for a follow up article looking at bands in similar circumstances but this time from the mid-70s to the early-80s and this time UK bands.
Mostly Hackett but things turned a little Autumnal too.
What: Steve Hackett
Supported by Mostly Autumn (acoustic)
Where: Hammersmith Apollo
When: 1 November 2014
It was February 1984 and a close friend and I went to see Genesis at the NEC in Birmingham. Collins, Rutherford, Banks. I’d been a Genesis fan for about six years. Loved “Seconds Out”, “Wind And Wuthering” and “Duke”. Didn’t like the production on “Trick of the Tail”. Found “….And Then There Were Three” a bit of a mixed bag. Then I discovered the Gabriel years and my perception of the band began to change. “Trespass”, “Nursery Cryme” and “Foxtrot” joined “Duke” as my favourite Genesis albums.
I grew up in a coal mining town in Yorkshire. Descendant of a long line of coal miners. In 1979 / 80 or thereabouts, I would have been playing Subbuteo on my Mum’s kitchen table with my friend, Andrew Spence. He’d always be Barnsley, I’d always be Leeds. At the side of the pitch on a chair, I’d have a cassette player set up where I would force Andrew to listen to my taste in music. Around that time it would be Sad Cafe’s “Facades” album. He didn’t rate it. That year he got me into John Foxx, Gary Numan, David Bowie. I got him into precisely nothing. Last time, I was in Barnsley, I called in on him as a a surprise. I looked through his cd racks. I spotted “Aja” by Steely Dan which was one of the albums I would have recommended back in the day. He just said he’d got it because he’d read about it in the music press but he couldn’t see what all the fuss was about.