July 2020 sees the publication of A Genesis In My Bed – the long overdue autobiography from guitar great and former member of Genesis, Steve Hackett. As with his music, Steve has written a highly detailed, entertaining and embracing tome that charts his life in full, but with a firm emphasis on his years with Genesis that saw the band’s meteoric rise to become one of the most successful British bands of all time.
Steve talks candidly about his early life, his time with Genesis, and in particular his personal relationships with the other four band members, with great insight into the daily goings on of this major rock band.
Naturally, A Genesis In My Bed also regales stories of Steve’s career since leaving Genesis and the many different journeys that it has taken him on. With his flair for the creative, and a great deal of levity, A Genesis In My Bed is also a riveting read. Indispensable for Genesis fans but also essential for general music lovers and avid readers of autobiographies full of heartfelt and emotive tales.
1,000 copies individually numbered and signed by Steve are available to pre-order directly from the publisher & the artist:
Off the back of his most successful solo tour yet, selling over 30 thousand tickets for his 2019 UK dates, Steve Hackett has announced that his 2020/21 World Tour will feature the whole of the 1977 Genesis live album Seconds Out in full, plus More!
Seconds Out was the hugely successful double album recorded on Genesis’ 1977 concert tour together with The Cinema Show, from their 1976 tour, and featured Steve Hackett on guitar alongside Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Phil Collins who had taken on the role of vocalist following the departure of Peter Gabriel. The tour included music from each of the six studio albums from Steve’s time in Genesis and marked his final recordings with the band as he left to pursue his solo career upon its completion.
The Seconds Out + More! Tour will visit some of the venues Genesis played on that 1977 tour. There will also be additional material, including Steve’s solo concert favourite The Steppes to celebrate the 40th birthday of his fourth solo album Defector.
Steve Hackett says: “I’m thrilled to bring Seconds Out back to life, featuring Genesis material at its most exciting and virtuosic, this time with all numbers played in full plus additional surprises!”
Full UK tour dates are as follows:
please note – highlighted shows are same venues as 1977 tour
Sunday 1 November Brighton Dome
Monday 2 November Cardiff St David’s Hall Tuesday 3 November Stoke Victoria Hall Thursday 5 November London The Palladium Friday 6 November London The Palladium Sunday 8 November Edinburgh Playhouse Monday 9 November Dundee Caird Hall Tuesday 10 November Carlisle The Sands Centre Thursday12 November Newcastle O2 City Hall Friday 14 November Scunthorpe The Baths Hall Saturday 15 November Bradford St George’s Concert Hall Monday 16 November Southampton Mayflower Theatre Tuesday 17 November Cambridge Corn Exchange Wednesday 18 November Oxford New Theatre Friday 20 November Guildford G Live Saturday 21 November Bexhill-on-Sea De La Warr Pavilion Monday 23 November Birmingham Symphony Hall Wednesday 25 November Manchester O2 Apollo Friday 27 November Leicester De Montfort Hall Saturday 28 November Basingstoke Anvil Monday 30 November Liverpool Philharmonic Tuesday 1 December Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Tickets for the Seconds Out + More Tour go on sale at 10am on Friday 29th November from https://myticket.co.uk/ and venue box offices.
About Steve Hackett
Steve Hackett joined Genesis at the beginning of 1971 and gained an international reputation as the guitarist in the band’s classic line-up alongside Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins. Steve’s intricate guitar work was a key element of Genesis’ albums from Nursery Cryme (1971) to Wind And Wuthering(1977) including the classic Selling England By The Pound.
After leaving Genesis at the end of 1977, Steve’s solo career, which now spans more than 30 albums, has demonstrated his extraordinary versatility with both electric and acoustic guitar. Steve is renowned as both an immensely talented and innovative rock musician and a virtuoso classical guitarist and composer and this was recognised in 2010 when he was inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame. He has also worked alongside Steve Howe of YES in the supergroup GTR.
Steve’s compositions take influences from many genres, including jazz, classical and blues. For his later studio works The Night Siren (2017) and At The Edge Of Light (2019) Steve has explored the influences of world music. Recent tours have seen Steve celebrate his time with Genesis including a spectacular 2018 tour in which Steve realised a long-held ambition to perform the works of Genesis live with his band and an orchestra.
Reviews from Steve Hackett’s most recent Genesis Revisited Tour
‘the night’s prog feast.. was Selling England’ ‘ which allowed the guitarist’s band to fully showcase their talents…’ ‘for one evening at least it was fantastic to dance with the Moonlit Knight once more.’ Simon Carter – The News Portsmouth
‘Hackett’s guitar effortlessly carves a path through the songs mixing melodic lines with experimentation and flat out rock…’ ‘The individual personalities of the band also shine throughout…’ Stuart Avis -The Brighton Magazine
‘a great riff, great lyrics and another guitar solo to die for…’ ‘the magic seems never-ending…’ Alan Jones – Getreadytorock
‘complex time changes and elaborate melodies were recreated by Hackett’s superb band with verve and skill.’ ‘Hackett may well be the best guitarist around. Oh, and a great light show too. Obviously.’ S Copeland – Brighton Argus
“This is a consummately highly talented group of musicians, possibly the best working band currently playing anywhere in the world. Seriously.” Paul H Birch – Ramzine
Following a sensational 2018 UK tour, legendary guitarist Steve Hackett has announced the release of a 2CD + DVD and 2CD Blu-Ray digipak entitled ‘Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall’ on 25th October 2019 via InsideOutMusic.
The album was recorded on 5th October 2018 at The Royal Festival Hall, London, during the 2018Genesis Revisited Tour which fulfilled a long held ambition of Steve’s: to perform the music of Genesis with a live orchestra. The concert featured Steve’s regular touring band of Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes) with Nad Sylvan on vocals and Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings) on bass, together with special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann, and augmented by the 41-piece Heart Of England Orchestra conducted by Bradley Thachuk.
Here’s a link to YouTube of Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
Steve commented – “It was a fantastic experience for both the band and myself to play alongside an orchestra and to feel the power of the sound this extraordinary combo created. It sounds equally compelling on both film and audio. I’m proud to release this exciting product.”
The 2CD set includes tracks from Steve’s time with Genesis and also from his extensive solo career. The full track-listing is
Dance On A Volcano
Out Of The Body
Firth of Fifth
Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
Blood On The Rooftops
Shadow of the Hierophant
In That Quiet Earth
The Musical Box
The Blu-Ray digipak also includes a behind the scenes documentary plus promotional videos forUnder The Eye Of The Sun, Beasts In Our Time and Peace. See trailer here:https://youtu.be/hsPYRMwOW-s The DVD features the concert stereo + 5.1 audio.
Steve Hackett gained an international reputation as the guitarist in the classic 1970s Genesis line-up alongside Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins. Steve’s work was a key element of most acclaimed Genesis albums including Selling England by the Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.
With his solo career spanning more than 30 albums, Steve is renowned as both an immensely talented and innovative rock musician and a virtuoso classical guitarist and composer. This was recognised in 2010 when he was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame. He has also worked alongside Steve Howe of YES in the supergroup GTR.
Steve has an extraordinary versatility with both electric and acoustic guitar and his compositions take influences from many genres, including jazz, classical and blues. His most recent studio works The Night Siren (2017) and At The Edge Of Light (2019) have also seen Steve exploring the influences of world music.
2019 is a busy year for Steve. Following the success of the orchestral tour Steve released his 25thstudio album At The Edge Of Light in January. He and the band then embarked on the Selling England/Spectral Mornings Tour across Europe and the USA before they return for 20 dates in the UK in November. This tour marks the first time Steve has performed the whole of his favourite Genesis album Selling England By The Pound together with Steve’s favourite songs from his soloSpectral Mornings album, celebrating its 40th anniversary, and tracks from his current album.
Following the tremendous success of 2017’s The Night Siren (charted at #22 in Germany, #28 in the UK), legendary former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett releases his new studio album At The Edge Of Light on the 25th January 2019. The album which features ten songs, sees Steve unite a vast amount of styles ranging from guitar driven rock to epic orchestration, from world music to the reflective and atmospheric all brought together in Steve Hackett’s unique style.
Today sees the release of the second single from the album, titled Underground Railroad,featuring Durga and Lorelei McBroom (Pink Floyd). You can listen to that now here: https://youtu.be/DEqCKaFFCXM
Steve comments: “I was inspired to write “Underground Railroad” in Wilmington, Delaware, discovering about that amazing network that helped slaves escape in pre-Civil War America, spearheaded by brave people like Harriet Tubman. Durga and Lorelei McBroom (both sang with Pink Floyd) sound amazing, expressing that heartfelt pain. As well as electric guitar, I play Dobro acoustic and also harmonica, transporting us back to those times…”
Of the new album Steve adds: “In these dangerous times, deep shadows feel even sharper than usual and we find ourselves standing at the edge of light… The contrast between dark and light weaves its way throughout the album in many ways, from the sense of good fighting evil through to the interplay of dark and light opposites magically combining in cultures, including the heartbeat of India and primal tribal rhythms. Ultimately, this album embraces the need for all musical forms and cultures to connect and celebrate the wonder of unity in this divided world.”
At The Edge Of Lightis released in a number of formats including a Mediabook CD plus extra DVD with 5.1 surround sound mix & behind the scenes documentary, double vinyl LP + CD, Jewelcase CD and digital album. Pre-order now here: https://stevehackett.lnk.to/AtTheEdgeOfLight
Steve Hackett has established himself as one of Rock music’s finest and recognisable guitarists through his time with the legendary Genesis who he joined in 1971 and a solo career following his departure from Genesis in 1977 and is a hugely influential guitarist particularly in the Progressive Rock genre. ‘At The Edge Of Light’ will be Hackett’s 26th studio album in a solo career that began in 1975 with the release of his debut solo album Voyage Of The Acolyte.
‘At The Edge Of Light’ was mainly recorded in Steve’s own studio but also around the world. The album features international artists, including Durga and Loreley of Pink Floyd vocal fame with drummers Nick D’Virgilio and Simon Phillips from USA, Sheema on sitar from India, Icelandic drummer/percussionist Gulli Briem, tar player Malik Mansurov and Swedish bass player Jonas Reingold… This album also features Paul Stillwell on didgeridoo, Rob Townsend on sax, bass clarinet and duduk, Amanda Lehmann on vocals, John Hackett on flute, drummer Gary O’Toole, Roger King and Ben Fenner on keyboards, Dick Driver on double bass, violinist and viola player Christine Townsend… All magically honed and engineered by Roger King.
Fallen Walls and Pedestals
Beasts In Our Time
Under The Eye of the Sun
Those Golden Wings
Shadow and Flame
The album is released shortly before Steve performs as special guest on the Cruise To The Edge in February 2019 and the On The Blue cruise featuring Justin Hayward, also in February.
Hackett recently played a series of Genesis Revisited shows with Orchestra and will tour Europe in April/May 2019 before returning to the UK in November 2019 with a much anticipated ‘Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings & Album Highlights’ set.
Selling England by the Pound with Spectral Mornings & New tracks
Joining Steve on the tour are his regular musicians Roger King (keyboards), Jonas Reingold (bass), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes) with Nad Sylvan on vocals. Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson, King Crimson, Iron Maiden) will be on drums & percussion – he was voted by Modern Drummer and Rhythm Magazine readers as one of the top progressive and forward thinking drummers in the world…