Guitar star Steve can still hack it

Steve Hackett
Steve Hackett

Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett has announced his Genesis Extended Tour, featuring a selection of classics to include some of the gems he had to sacrifice on the Award winning Genesis Revisited live shows.

He will be bringing the tour to Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on October 24.

With a career and repertoire spanning decades between Genesis and his outstanding solo work, this will be the last opportunity for fans to see Hackett perform a whole set from the seminal prog band’s catalogue. 

An enthusiastic Hackett explained: “Due to the success of the Genesis Revisited shows, in 2014 we’re extending both the dates and the concept.

“We’ll launch into a full Genesis set with favourites from this year such as The Musical Box, Dancing with the Moonlit Knight and Supper’s Ready along with the addition of other Genesis classics which are often requested and the audiences deserve to hear... I’m really excited about this!”

Steve Hackett was Genesis’ guitarist from 1971 to 1977 and is the first ex-member to re-record and tour that part of the band’s material in Genesis Revisited I (1996) and II (2012).

Ticket details for the show are available from the box office on 0115 9895555.

n Heanor Musical Theatre Company’s young Rising Stars are making a big contribution to rehearsals for Aladdin the pantomime.

The company is presenting Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp in February in Heanor.

The company’s young performers group Rising Stars, who put on their own show Bugsy Malone in the summer, are working with the adults to produce a really fun-packed family show.

Two of the teenage performers are Josh Waldron (19) and Amy Booth (17). They both live in Heanor. Josh has performed with the society for the last three years. Currently he is studying performing arts at the Joseph Wright College in Derby. Previously he took part in performances at Aldercar School. Josh is playing the Genie of the Lamp.

Amy Booth (17) also of Heanor was also a pupil at Aldercar School but is now studying musical theatre at New College Nottingham. This is her first show with the Heanor company and she is playing Princess So-Shi.

Chairman Kim Harris, who is playing Widow Twankey, commented: “We are delighted to have so many young people joining us in this production. Our youth section has been going for many years and they have produced some great shows.”

The panto is being performed at Heanor Gate Science College from February 18-22 to Saturday at 7.15pm. All tickets are £6 on the Tuesday evening and for the rest of the week the full price is £9 with £8 for concessions. The Box Office is on 07472 003 095.

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The director is Linda Hardy, who runs a dance school in Heanor. Linda has directed and choreographed many shows for the company.

n Richard Herring will be bringing his bluntly titled show - We’re All Going To Die! - to Nottingham Glee Club in the spring as part of his national tour.

The prolific comedian, once the writing and performing partner of Stewart Lee, is to perform the show at Glee Club Nottingham on Thursday, March 6.

After sorting out politics (Hitler Moustache), religion (Christ on a Bike) and love (What is Love, Anyway?) in some of his most recent touring shows, Herring returns to tackle the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns (apart from Jesus and that canoe bloke).

Is death a tragedy or an excuse to have an extended lie-in?

Are we snuffed out or forced to endure eternity without bodily pleasures?

Death is inevitable, so Herring believes we should laugh in its face while our hearts still beat and our jaws are still attached.

Doors open for the performance at 6.45pm and tickets are £15 (£10 NUS).

The show is for those aged 18 and over. Call the box office for more ticket and show details on 0871 472 0400.