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He can Hackett. Can you?

Steve Hackett has one of the most distinctive tones in the history of the electric guitar. His work with Genesis during the band’s peak period – particularly throughout the stunning masterpiece that is the “Foxtrot” album and its genre-defining epic, “Supper’s Ready” – has influenced several generations of musicians by this point.

Hackett is that rarest of rare musicians – the sort that can be identified through hearing only a few notes or a simple phrase. But he’s also an interesting and erudite songwriter, and his work since leaving Genesis – think the classic albums “Voyage of the Acolyte,” “Spectral Mornings” and “Please Don’t Touch,” his work with the late Chris Squire as “Squackett,” his recent “Genesis Revisited” releases, and the most recent effort, “Wolflight,” all of which suggest that Hackett was merely scratching the surface of his capabilities while a member of the fabled prog band.

Hackett performs 8 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). Tickets are $49-$59. Visit

– Jeff Miers