Steve Hackett Live Lineup
Steve and Nad at Night of the Prog Festival VII in Loreley,
Germany, July 2012
(Photo © Jaak Geebelen)
Roger King - Keyboards
(Photo by Ben Fenner)
Roger has been a mainstay of the good ship Steve for
more than a decade now, recording, programming and co-writing in the
studio, and translating studio production values to his keyboard playing
in live arenas across three continents. You can find his name on 12
Hackett albums and 4 DVDs, at the last count, and still no end in sight.
He's twiddled knobs and hit keys for a pretty eclectic client list -
making records with Gary Moore, Snoop Doggie Dog and Jamelia amongst
others; programming, recording and mixing soundtracks for blockbuster
movies Cliffhanger and In The Name Of The Father; writing music for TV and
sharing a stage with such luminaries as Evelyn Glennie and John Paul
Jones. In spare moments Roger grows vegetables on his allotment. And he's
only 46. It takes all sorts.
Gary O'Toole - Drums
(Photo by Ben Fenner)
Drummer, singer, guitarist, teacher... veritable
polymath, in fact - Gary has been a top professional drummer for more than
thirty years. In addition to worldwide live appearances with Bucks Fizz,
China Crisis, and blues maestro Stephen Dale Petit he has a studio CV as
long as your arm, drumming for top producers Marius De Vries and Richard
Niles, and for a staggeringly diverse range of artists from Mel C to Kylie
Minogue to Chrissie Hynde. Not content to keep all this talent to himself,
he's also found time to set up his own music school, teaching Steve
Sidelynk (Madonna) and Coldplay's Will Champion, to name but two. Gary has
been a fixture in the Steve Hackett Band since 2000, underpinning
countless gigs from Stockholm to Santiago (including the DVDs Somewhere In
South America and Once Above A Time). He also caressed, cajoled and
battered drums on, and lent his inimitable vocal talents to, the studio
albums To Watch The Storms and Wild Orchids. You can read what Gary says
about himself at www.myspace.com/garyotoole.
Some of it may even be true...
||Rob Townsend - sax, flute
and blown sundries
(Photo by Angela Townsend)
Despite a propensity for hitting things in a broadly
rhythmic fashion, Rob Townsend started playing the sax when he got fed up
with carting drums around and has never looked back. He's played nearly
everywhere with nearly everybody, but he's particularly made his mark in
jazz, having worked with, amongst others, Sam Rivers, Eddie Henderson,
Bill Bruford, Django Bates, Tim Garland, Laurence Cottle and James Taylor
of JTQ fame as well as on film sessions for oscar winning composer Stephen
Warbeck. Rob also writes and records reams of music for TV, film, computer
games and other media. You can read more about these activities, and gain
some insight into his peculiar sense of humour at www.voodookazoo.com.
Rob joined Steve's band in 2001 deploying his barrage of woodwind (not
forgetting castanets) on 2372 gigs (actually it's probably fewer than that
but we lost count after 70) as well as the Somewhere In South America and
Once Above A Time DVDs. His unique talents also grace To Watch The Storms
and Wild Orchids. We're not completely impartial, of course, but we rate
Rob's sax solo on Serpentine Song as one of the very finest. Ever. As a
hobby, Rob collects dust. When not doing some or all of the above, he
lives in an iron lung near Watford surrounded by admiring wolves.
||Lee Pomeroy - bass and
Lee Pomeroy is an award winning composer and producer.
He is also one of the UK's most sought after bass players. Alongside
writing partner Martin Price, Lee has composed music which can regularly
be heard on television and other media. Lee Pomeroy has also toured and
performed around the world with a diverse roster of high profile artists.
Lee is the regular touring bass player with the hugely successful Take
That as well as with Rick Wakeman and It Bites.
He is also a member of the progressive rock band
Headspace who provided support for Ozzy Osbourne on his 2007 UK tour.
Lee joined Steve Hackett's electric band in 2010 for the
Japan tour, and will be returning as bass player for the UK tour in
More at www.leepomeroy.co.uk
||Nad Sylvan - Vocals
Nad sings and writes for the band Agents of Mercy.
Before that his band "Unifaun" created unique progressive rock
in a style not dissimalar to early Genesis. His voice has been described
as a cross between Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins which of course is a
perfect fit for this group.