Meet Genesis star Steve Hackett with Rotherham Hospice

MUSIC fans have the chance to meet Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett while supporting Rotherham Hospice.

The rock star — cited as an influence on Eddie Van Halen and Brian May — will visit the charity on November 5.

Six meet and greet places are available in exchange for a £30 donation to the hospice.

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Steve played lead guitar with Genesis between 1970 and 1977 before leaving to pursue a successful solo career. 

He will visit Rotherham Hospice to present a £2,100 cheque on behalf of Brecks author Martin Hudson, who put the town on the rock map in 1991 when he launched the Classic Rock Society.

The society grew to national prominence and enabled Martin to launch Rotherham as a live rock venue. 

He organised 350 concerts featuring some of the biggest names in the music genre — Steve Hackett included.

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Martin’s book, Rotherham Rocked, is the story of those times and the profits are being donated to the hospice.

Martin said: “It is a bit of a scoop getting Steve to present the cheque. He still tours the world playing big venues, is busily writing a new album and preparing for a tour, which takes in Sheffield City Hall next May.

“His Rotherham concerts were always a sell-out and he has a soft spot for the town. He agreed to present the proceeds of the book to the hospice and spend some time with fans.”

Winners can chat with Steve and have albums signed between noon and 2.30pm. Email your name, address and contact number to [email protected] by October 28. 

Six names will be chosen at random.