I imagine Steve Hackett is well and truly hoping that the plume of spent volcanic cinders drifting aimlessly over the UK buggers off soon - his 2010 schedule is due to continue in Hungary this week, before veering back towards us (France, Holland and Belgium) in May.
His first UK date is far enough away not to be affected by ash - it's at the Classic Rock High Voltage Festival on Sunday 25th July in London's Victoria Park. Featuring the Steve Hackett Band, it marks the start of further UK activity later in the year.
November sees the ex-Genesis guitarist appear in Manchester (19th), Pontardawe (South Wales - 20th), Leamington (21st), Brighton (23rd), Bath (25th), Birkenhead (27th), Gateshead (28th), Wolverhampton (29th) and London's Shepherd's Bush (30th). Tickets cost around £20 (yes, even London for a change) and are up for grabs now.
Hackett's solo work has included eight Top 75 albums, a further fourteen since 1984 (including last year's 'Out of the Tunnel's Mouth) plus numerous 'live' sets and compilations. 'Out of the Tunnel's Mouth' was a move back towards progressive-rock with contributions from another ex-Genesis man Anthony Phillips, Yes-man Chris Squire, son John Hackett and expert-bassist Nick Beggs (Ellis, Beggs and Howard / Kajagoogoo and part of Hackett's touring band). Enjoy.