Full steam ahead - December 09
Steve and band Train on the Road tour, November
Roger, Gary, Nick, Steve, Amanda, Rob
Photo © Ben Fenner
Exhibition at Remscheid Steve Hackett Event, March
It's been a bumper year for guitar solos. Fifteen billion notes clocked up on my patented fretometer designed to thwart any attempt to enter the hallowed portals of the Guinness Book of Records... Of course all snowed up for Christmas, personally I find that as little as two spoonfuls of custard is enough to render me totally unconscious so please don't ever recommend sherry trifle or I'll drive straight into a ditch. I'm sure trifle is banned along with custard in some countries on religious grounds.
Strange Yuletide practises aside, it's been a terrific year for gigs. I can't remember when I've had more fun on stage. Both regular and new recruits became a band, the band became a show and we're all the best of friends. It's been an event filled calendar - a new album, travels to exotic places with both my band and with Hungarian Djabe, and more besides... including toy trains in my Rupert Bear Christmas stocking!
I'm eagerly awaiting the futuristic sound of 2010 to boldly go where starships and steam trains await for us to board once more...
A happy New Year to all our friends in galaxies near and far.
Steve with Djabe in Den Hague, Netherlands, May
Steve and Jo in Lugano, July
Nick Beggs in Italy, July
Steve, Rob, Gary and Roger in Poland, September | Steve with Chris and Scotland Squire and Alan White in Copenhagen, December