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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...2/8/18

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 02/08/2018

"Oh geez no! It certainly doesn't feel like 40 years ago but it feels good to do old stuff. "Wind and Wuthering" turns 40 and it will be good to celebrate it. The material stands the test and over the years the experience changes you; there is a certain amount of fog involved (laughs) but it feels good to know that the music is in people's emotional calendars."

Those are the words of legendary guitarist Steve Hackett as he elaborated upon his 2018 tour, Genesis, forthcoming new music, old music, a recent show with the Birmingham Symphony and his upcoming show in Collingswood, NJ at the Scottish Rite Auditorium on February 16 and 17.

The man who penned some of the most respected early Genesis material and has authored a successful solo career, loves touring and writing new music as well as making new fans as he interacts with the old. "We just did our fifth Yes"Cruise To the Edge" and the progressive music fans are so good to us and I enjoy acknowledging them. I'm not the type to dress in costume to avoid them; I'm no shrinking violet. I like saying hi to the fans, after all they're the people who've made my life great; I'll always be civil to them."

So as the years pass, Hackett finds pleasure in the fact that the fans continue to clamor for his product and as he continues to find ways to re-invent it; he finds great joy in re-visiting it as well. "I am constantly being asked about the old material," he explained with a proud curiosity. "I'm working on a box set retrospective, I've recently done, "Wuthering Nights" in Birmingham with a symphony orchestra which spawned a live DVD and album and I'm really proud of it. We recorded it in "Surround Sound" and it came out far better than I could have hoped. I've been doing some acoustic shows which are always nice as it gives the music a different emphasis; I did one at Christmas and it was well received." 

Coming off what he calls, "Touring Extensively" in support of his last solo album, "The Night Siren," this maestro of the six string has no desire to sit still and after a few weeks off has set out on the road for 2018 with an eye to the future. "This tour is the Genesis Revisited Tour and it will be half Genesis songs and half my songs and some GTR as well. We'll be doing, "When The Heart Rules The Mind," some of the material I wrote with Mike Rutherford"Firth of Fifth," "Dancing With The Moon," "Musical Box,"Wind and Wuthering," "Dance On A Volcano," "Please Don't Touch" from 1978 and more. This set has been proved in front of a crowd and it really is such fun and feels great to celebrate the past. I've got some new music too but I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with that just yet. I am working on a new album but that won't be ready until the end of 2018." 

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With stops in North and South America as well as Europe and Japan, Hackett says that the prospects are, "Looking good" that it will go on for quite some time. Length isn't what is foremost on his mind however but what he takes away from it as a person and a musician as well as what he gives to the audiences he encounters. "In the 1960's," he started with a chuckle; "In the 60's I saw and did so many gigs. When I talk with the musicians now they'll say, "Oh we did this wrong or we did that wrong," things are not the same today. I would like to think that I've grown as a musician and as a person since those times. To hear them talk you would think that we were being scored at the Olympics and the Russian judges didn't like what they saw, oh dear they missed that triple axel (laughs). Reality of the situation was that we were just making music and we were and still are our harshest critics I suppose; I don't fret over that stuff so much now. I want to put out a good product, play the great music from my past and present and let it unfold so to speak; I'm having a good run of it and so I'll enjoy it as long as I'm in good health." 

Tickets for the two Collingswood shows range from $49-$59 dollars and can be obtained, along with more information about Steve Hackett at .

That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!

This week's event listings

Alchemist & Barrister
28 Witherspoon Street Princeton
(609) 924-5555
Thurs. "Pasta and Sinatra Night"
Wed. 10 p.m. (TBA)
Arts Council of Princeton
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton
(609) 924-8777
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Community Stage Event" Teen Poetry. Free admission
Fri. 5 p.m. "SweetART Market." Free admission
Sat. 10 a.m. "SweetART Market." Free admission 

Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Thurs. 9 p.m. Trivia
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke Contest (Cash prizes)
Ages 21+
Blend Bar & Bistro
911 Highway 33 Hamilton
(609) 245-8887
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia  Jam
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Bowman's Tavern
1600 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2972
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Glenn McClelland Trio
Fri. 8 p.m. Bob Egan
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Gary Reed & Arturo
Sun. (12 p.m.) Brunch w/ Ottmar (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 6 p.m. Lovey Williams
Wed. 6 p.m. Dave Dales Trio
Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room
19 E. Union Street Burlington
(609) 733-356
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Shawn Francis
Sat. 9 p.m. Zen Dog
Bung's Tavern
2031 Route 130 South Burlington
(609) 499-1355
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Asylum Choir
Candlelight Lounge
24 Passaic Street Trenton
(609) 695-9612
Sat. 3 p.m. (TBA) $10 (cover charge/$10 Minimum includes buffet)
Tues. 6 p.m. "Tuesday Jazz Jam" Open Session feat. James Stewart / Tom Littwin Trios. $5 (Lite appetizers)
Cedar Gardens
661 State Highway 33 Hamilton
(609) 931-9464
Sat. 8 p.m. "Valentine's Day Weekend Comedy Show" Hosted by Tim Hyes w/ Joe Bublewicz, Julia Scotti, Tommy Goocch. $23.16 
Chickie's & Pete's
183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown
(609) 298-9182
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night
Wed. 9 p.m. Quizzo Trivia
City Streets
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor
(609) 426-9400
Mon. 9 p.m. "Malibu Mondays" w/ DJ Brett Gash
Tues. 9 p.m. Trivia w/ Jessie & Chelsea
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays" w/ Rich Genoval
125 Main Street Hightstown
(609) 241-7103
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Mike Montrey Band

Dadz Bar & Grill
744 Main Street Lumberton
(609) 267-4344
Thurs. 9 p.m. DJ Jason Byrd / "Beer Pong Tournament"
Fri. 10 p.m. Cathryn Manning and Company
Sat. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Dubbs
Sun. 4 p.m. Greg Reynolds
Tues. 5 p.m. "Twilight Tuesdays-Sounds of the Oldies" w/ J-Dubbs Music
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Christine Smith
Diamond's of Hamilton
661 Route 33 Hamilton
(609) 981-7900
Fri./Sat. 9:30 p.m. Live DJ Entertainment
Wed. 7 p.m. "Dine and Dance" w/ Radio Personality Bob Pantano. 
Dog & Bull Brew House
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.
(215) 788-2855
Thurs. 8 p.m. Norman Taylor
Fri. (4 p.m.) "Funky Friday Happy Hour" (9 p.m.) Bryan Kaschak
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch" feat. Michael Leggerie (9 p.m.) Jake Bracey
Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Jazz Brunch" feat.Keli Vale (4 p.m. Larry Tritel
Wed. 5 p.m. "Valentine's Day" feat. Dick Gratton
Freddies Tavern
12 Railroad Avenue Ewing
(609) 882-0978
Fri. 8 p.m.Downright Down 
Sat. 8 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues Band
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Joe Vadala
Grover's Mill Coffee House
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction
(609) 716-8771
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Anker
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.
(215) 862-9897
Thurs. 9 p.m. "College Beat The Clock Night"
Fri. (7:30 p.m.) "School of Rock" (9:30 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (8 p.m.) "Tribute To Heart" w/ Kick It Out. Doors at 6 p.m., $35 (10:30 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sun. 3 p.m. Ladies 2000 "Valentine's Day Edition" w/ DJ Steve Singer
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. "Local Original Music Showcase" Hosted by Pat Foran feat.
Hopewell Theater
5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell
(609) 466-1964
Thurs. 7 p.m. Above & Beyond Acoustic: "Giving Up The day Job" 

Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn
15 East Broad Street Hopewell
(609) 466-9889
Fri. 8 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington
(609) 737-4465
Thurs. 6 p.m. Craig Leiboff-Acoustic Groove
Fri. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Just Us
Sat. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Chris From Rave On
Sun. 2 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Thieves and Poets

Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(267) 914-4517
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul Kircher
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Young Bucks Old F.cks
Sat. 9:30 p.m. "80's Dance Party" w/ DJ Jimmy Jam
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6 p.m. Jo Wymer
Sat. 2 p.m. Joe Vadala
Sun. 1 p.m. Spoondrift

Ivy Tavern
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
(609) 888-1435
Fri. 9 p.m. Unleashed
Sat. 9 p.m. Smoked Ice
All shows 21+
Jake's Eatery
869 Bustleton Pike Richboro, PA
(215) 322-6787
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Ladies Night" w/ Bob Tomlinson
Sat. 9 p.m. Ivory & Steel
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Night
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-5981
Thurs. 9 p.m. Jounce
Fri. 9 p.m. Wineskin
Sat. (3 p.m.) Words In Flight (9:30 p.m.)  "Love or Lust" Burlesque
Sun.(3 p.m.) Black Cat Habitat (9:30 p.m.) "Pumpkin's Mardi Gras Party"
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic.
Tues. 9 p.m. Bill & Fred's Excellent Mardi Gras Adventure
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 586-1166
Thurs. 9 p.m. DJ Byrd
Kovacs Corner
46 Evergreen Road New Egypt
(609) 901-4146
Sat. 9 p.m. ArHouse
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Road New Egypt
(609) 752-0200
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Girls Night Out" Floral Bouquet Cupcake Class
Sat.12 p.m. The Bergers
Sun.1 p.m. The Bergers
Logan Inn
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2300
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Ryan Gaughn
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Russell Norkevich
Sun. 11 am "Jazz Brunch" feat. Zeke Stambovsky
Mamma Rosa's
572 Klockner Road Hamilton
(609) 588-5454
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Richard Schneider
McGuinn's Place
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence
(609) 392-0599
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Ages 21+
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(215) 949-9570
Thurs. 10:30 p.m."Beer Pong" w/ DJ RV & MC Slim
Fri. 9 p.m. "Frisky Fridays" w/ DJ O'Geez
Sat. 9 p.m. Witz End
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Kirchner Entertainment
Millhill Basement
300 S. Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-1600
Fri. 9 p.m. Ryan Doyle, Nikki Nailbomb, Jess Stanley, A Temp, Riley Myers. $5
Tues. 10 p.m. "Local Artist" Hip Hop, Experimental EDM and Bass Music Showcase
Mojito Cuba Caribe
90 South Main Street New Hope, PA
(267) 740-2900
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Chris
Wed. 6 p.m. Jerry Monk & Joe Kramer
New Hope Winery
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA
(215) 794-2331
Sat. 7 p.m. "Swing Swing Swing - A 1940's Dance Party." Feat. Shantel Hubert & the Straight Ahead Big Band. $80 
Nook's PourHouse
2043 Route 130 South Florence
(609) 447-0927
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia Tuesday w/ Quizoholics
Nottingham Tavern
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square
(609) 587-6623
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Super Dave
Fri. 9 p.m. Self Induced Confusion
Sat. 9 p.m. Police Unity Tour 6-1 w/ DJ Chris Barlow
Wed. 5 p.m. "Weekend Warm-up" w/ DJ Chris Barlow
Ages 21+
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 291-9232
Sat. 9 p.m. Audio Pilot
Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Road Hamilton
(609) 838-7979
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 6 p.m. Rich Schneider
Sat. 9 p.m. Spellbound
All shows 21 +
Patriots Crossing
1339 River Road Titusville
(609) 737-2780
Fri. 8 p.m. JB Rocks
Parx Casino (360 Bar)
2999 Street Road Bensalem, PA
(888) 588-7299
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Latin Night" w/ DJ George Dennis
Fri. (5 p.m.) Vince Sasso Band (9:30 p.m.) Split Decision (10 p.m.) DJ Eddie Tully
Sat. (5 p.m.)The Launch (9:30 p.m.) Bigg Romeo (10 p.m.) DJ 2CoolC
Wed. 8 p.m. Chris Roach. Doors at 5 p.m., $20

Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
(609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Rick & Kenny
Sat. 9:30 p.m. The Drunk Monkeys
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Randy Now's Man Cave
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 424-3766
Sat. 8 p.m. Richard Bush/the Peace Creeps. All ages, $10

Rossi's Bar & Grill
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 890-2004
Thurs. 7 p.m. (TBA)
Russo Music Center
1989 Arena Drive Hamilton
(609) 888-0620
Sat. 10 a.m. "Open House" FREE mini classes, coffee and refreshments. 
Salt Creek Grille
1 Rockingham Row Princeton
(609) 419-4200
Fri. 8 p.m.(TBA)
Sat. 8 p.m. (TBA)
Small World Coffee
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton
(609) 924-4377 x2
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Cinco de Blanco
Sun. 7 p.m. Princeton Bluegrass Jam
1867 Sanctuary
101 Scotch Road Ewing
(609) 392-6409
Fri. 8 p.m. Phil Orr & More / "Pardi Gras" w/ Adam Weitz. $20
Sat. 8 p.m. Blue Jersey Band. $20
Sun. (3 p.m.) "Contemporary Youth Showcase" w/ Victoria Sadowski (7:30 p.m.) "Classical Music of Nathaniel Dett" feat. Clipper Erickson, Deborah Ford, Gregory Hopkins. $20

Tara's Tavern
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown
(609) 286-2300
Fri. 10 p.m. Ted & The Pickles
Sat. 10 p.m. The Jon Savage Band

Tavern On The Lake
101 Main Street Hightstown
(609) 426-9345
Fri. 9 p.m. Smoke & Mirrors
Sat. 9 p.m. Black Rose
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night
Temperance House
5 South State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8050
Thurs. 7 p.m. Blues Open Mic Hosted by Steve Guyger
Fri. 7 p.m. Slamm Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. The Dadz
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Righteous Jolly
The Cellar Lounge/Hamilton Manor
30 Route 156 Hamilton
(609) 581-6782
Sat. 7 p.m. "The 7th Annual Robbinsville PBA Comedy Night" feat. John Pizzi. $50/$60
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9 p.m. Radio Fiction

The HOB Tavern
146 Second Street Bordentown
(609) 291-7020
Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Entertainment
Tues 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Wed. 8 p.m. (TBA)
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Rockin' Ron
Fri. 10 p.m. Paper Shakers
Sat. 10 p.m. Seth Tieger
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv
Wed. 10 p.m. "Wednesday Wheel Night Spin To Win Karaoke" w/ DJ Rockn Ron
The Pines Tavern
6217 North Radcliffe Street Bristol, PA
(215) 788-1659
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Martin Trio
Sun. 3 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Bill Monach Jr.
The Raven
385 West Bridge Street New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2081
Thurs. (5 p.m.) Russell Eiffert (10 p.m.) All Male Revue
Fri. (9 p.m.) Michael Ferreri (10 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (5 p.m.) Russell Eiffert  (10 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Mon. 9:30 p.m. "Ladies Night" All Male Revue
The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 324-0880
Please check web page for upcoming events.
The Roost
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-0050
Check web site for upcoming schedule
The Sticky Wicket
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton
(609) 439-0007
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Throwback Thursday" w/ DJ Chillio
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke
The Cure Insurance Center
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 656-3200
Check website for upcoming events
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326
Thurs. 8 p.m. Steve Tesluk
Fri. 8 p.m. Idlewoodsman
Sat. 8 p.m. Tube Top Mama Duo 
Tir Na Nog
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton
(609) 392-2554
Fri. 9 p.m. Billy Walsh
All shows  21+
Trenton Buzz
702 Pine Street Trenton
(609) 392-6000
Fri. 8 p.m. Live Band & Open Mic.
Sat. 10 p.m. "Buzzed Saturdays" w/ Bockman
Trenton Social
449 South Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-7777
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour" w/ Jay Kountree (Live DJ all night)
Fri. 9 p.m. Charles Laurita & The Mischief
Mon. 9 p.m. Monday Night Karaoke w/ Benny P
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Night w/ Benny P
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-8300
Fri. 10 p.m.Challenge Accepted. $5 (cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. Sir Xerri. $5 (cover charge)
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage Night. (Sign ups at 6:30 p.m.) 
All shows 21+
Triumph Brewing Company
138 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 924-7855
Fri. 10 p.m. (TBA)
All shows 21+
Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Road Pennington
(609) 773-2392
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock Night
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia
Yardley Country Club
1010 Reading Avenue Yardley, PA
(215) 493-4531
Fri. 6 p.m. Ernie White & Friends

Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7:000pm EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.



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