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Steve Hackett - Wuthering Nights: Live In Birmingham album review

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This is a celebration of Steve Hackett’s legacy, both with Genesis and also as an accomplished solo musician. Filmed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, it captures the aura of the occasion.

The first part of the performance concentrates on his post-Genesis career, with material that includes songs from current album The Night Siren, as well as earlier material. The second half is centred around Wind & Wuthering, his final album with Genesis, marking its 40th anniversary. In all, there are five tracks from that often undervalued record, plus noteworthy classics such as The Musical Box and Los Endos.

The whole presentation is brilliant, and gives you an insight into how special that tour was for everyone. And the double-disc DVD also features behind-the-scenes footage, plus three promo videos filmed for songs on The Night Siren.

Essential for all Hackett/ Genesis fans.

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.