THRILLED pupils at a Sheffield school were treated to an exclusive performance by rock legend Steve Hackett.
The guitarist and singer, who recorded nine albums with Genesis in the 1970s and was last year inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, played an acoustic gig for 350 excited pupils at Birkdale School, Broomhill.
Steve, aged 61, performed with a trio, including younger brother John, who has just started teaching flute at the school.
Speaking before the gig, Steve said: “I’ve performed in Sheffield many, many times over the years.
“I’ve got some fond memories of playing the City Hall with Genesis and playing at The Boardwalk. I’ve probably played every venue in this city. This is going to be something different. I’m here by invitation, to support my brother and to support the school.
“I’m really impressed at the set-up. They have all sorts of people playing here and it is really organised.
“Usually you turn up to play a gig and the lighting is all wrong and the sound-check takes hours.
“But they know what they are doing here – we did the soundcheck in a matter of seconds.”
Steve is completing an album with Yes bassist Chris Squire and Toto drummer Simon Phillips for release in September.
He said: “I’m keeping the title under wraps at the moment, in case anyone scoops me to it before it’s out.”
Steve was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Genesis.
He said: “It was very emotional. It was great to meet some of the musicians who have had a huge influence on me, people like Graham Nash. Some of these guitarists play into their 90s, so there’s hope for me yet!”
Steve recorded his very first album with brother John in 1970, when they were both members of Quiet World.
John, who lives in Nether Edge, is a guitarist and flautist who composes and plays with rock bands and classical groups and has just started teaching flute at Birkdale.
He said: “I’ve taught on and off over the years, alongside my other work. When this opportunity came up I thought the department looked really good.
“We decided to put on this gig partly as a way to persuade boys to take up the flute.”