STEVE HACKETT – ‘WOLFLIGHT’ INTERVIEW VIDEO LAUNCHED

STEVE HACKETT – ‘WOLFLIGHT’ INTERVIEW VIDEO LAUNCHED

World-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett returns with his new solo album Wolflight on the 30th March 2015 in Europe. With just over a week to go till the album release, an interview with Steve on the album’s title track, taken from the special edition version of the album, has been released. Listen & find out more about the song and the ideas behind it here: 

 

 

A lyric video for the track ‘The Wheel’s Turning’ was also recently released and you can find that here: 

Steve had this to say about the song: ‘In contrast to the primal and gothic nature of much of the album, ‘The Wheel’s Turning’ has a fun and nostalgic vibe. It recaptures my childhood memories of London’s Battersea Funfair which gave me hours of joy and challenge in an otherwise grey world. Take that trip back in time with me, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride…’

It was also recently revealed that Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, The Flower Kings) would be joining him on bass and 12-string guitar for the UK tour dates later this year.

A teaser trailer for the album, featuring snippets of new music plus some insight from Steve himself, can be viewed here: 

http://youtu.be/DxyAU_MfgvA

 

The album will be released on the following formats:

Special edition CD+Blu-ray Mediabook incl. 5.1 mix, interviews & two bonus tracks

Standard CD jewelcase

2LP Gatefold vinyl

Digital download

 

You can pre-order the album now from the following places:

http://smarturl.it/wolfligthIOM

http://smarturl.it/SHwolflightAMAZON

http://smarturl.it/SHwolflightAMAZONMP3

http://smarturl.it/SHwolflightITUNES

 

Steve will embark upon his Acolyte To Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour in October 2015, with 19 UK shows. Hackett states: “I’m excited to embrace Genesis Revisited once more on my tour whilst also celebrating 40 years of Voyage of the Acolyte, playing several Hackett favourites and introducing my new Wolflight album.”

 

Dates are as follows:

 

6 October – GLive, Guildford, UK

7 October – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK

9 October – Derngate, Northampton, UK

10 October – St David’s Hall, Cardiff, UK

11 October – O2 Guildhall, Southampton, UK

13 October – The Anvil, Basingstoke, UK

14 October – Barbican, York, UK

16 October – Music Hall, Aberdeen, UK

17 October – The Sage, Gateshead, UK

18 October – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK

20 October – Town Hall, Leeds, UK

21 October – Venue Cymru, Llandudno, UK

23 October – Philharmonic, Liverpool, UK

24 October – de Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK

25 October – The Lowry, Salford, UK

27 October – Regent Theatre, Ipswich, UK

28 October – Colston Hall, Bristol, UK

30 October – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK

31 October – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, UK

 

Ticket details can be found at www.hackettsongs.com

 

 

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STEVE HACKETT REVEALS NEW BASS/12 STRING PLAYER

STEVE HACKETT REVEALS NEW BASS/12 STRING PLAYER

Steve Hackett and Roine Stolt KennyMathiesonProg visionary Steve Hackett has announced the addition of multi-talented guitarist Roine Stolt to his tour line-up. Stolt, known as leading light of the Flower Kings and for his association with Transatlantic, will play bass and twelve string, occasionally also joining Steve on guitar.

The legendary ex-Genesis guitarist commented: “I’m really pleased that Roine Stolt will be joining the band for the autumn shows on bass, twelve string and for some songs doubling on electric guitar with me. Roine is a truly impressive and versatile player and I particularly like his work with other bands and artists. I have enjoyed playing with him live on more than one occasion and I’m thrilled he’s going to join the team. It’s marvellous to have both Swedish talents Roine Stolt and Nad Sylvan as part of the band for these Hackett solo/Genesis Revisited shows.”

Hackett, who releases new album Wolflight on 30th March, will bring his Acolyte To Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour to the UK in October 2015 with 19 shows. Each performance will feature two sets, one of solo material and one of Genesis Revisited. The first will cover a vast part of Steve’s discography, with a selection of solo material from early albums including Voyage of the Acolyte & Please Don’t Touch right up to Wolflight; the second set will see Nad Sylvan take care of the vocals on the Genesis material.

The complete line-up for the tour will include Roger King on keyboards, Gary O’Toole on drums, Rob Townsend on sax, Roine Stolt on bass & 12 string guitar, Nad Sylvan on vocals and Steve Hackett on guitar and vocals. Vocalist/guitarist Amanda Lehmann will join some of the shows as special guest.

 

Full Dates Are:

 

October 2015

Tue 6th   GUILDFORD         GLive                                     0844 249 4300
Wed 7th   LONDON              O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 477 2000
Fri 9th      NORTHAMPTON Derngate                                01604 624 811
Sat 10th   CARDIFF             St David’s Hall                        02920 878 444
Sun 11th  SOUTHAMPTON 02 Guildhall                            02380 632 601
Tue 13th  BASINGSTOKE   The Anvil                                 01256 844 244
Wed 14th YORK                  Barbican                                  0844 854 2757
Fri 16th    ABERDEEN         Music Hall                               01224 641 122
Sat 17th  GATESHEAD       The Sage                                 0191 443 4661
Sun 18th  GLASGOW          Royal Concert Hall                  0141 353 8000
Tue 20th  LEEDS                 Town Hall                                0113 224 3801
Wed 21st LLANDUDNO      Venue Cymru                           01492 872 000
Fri 23rd    LIVERPOOL        Philharmonic                            0151 709 3789

 

 

Tickets for all shows (apart from London) £29.50, £27.50; London: £37.50 level one, £33.50; (All tickets subject to booking fee).  24-hour ticket hotline 0844 338 0000 and Online: BookingsDirect.com.   Showtime will be 7.30pm (plus support).

Wolflight is Steve’s first original album since ‘Beyond The Shrouded Horizon’ in 2011 and takes the listener through an imaginary journey through time and space on the eternal quest for freedom. The legendary guitarist is looking forward to bringing this latest chapter of his career on stage while re-living his musical evolution with his loyal fan base.

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STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO STUDIO ALBUM ‘WOLFLIGHT’  OUT ON 30TH MARCH

STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO STUDIO ALBUM ‘WOLFLIGHT’ OUT ON 30TH MARCH

SteveHackett press credit Rick Pauline pressMusic pioneer Steve Hackett has announced the release of his new solo album Wolflight. According to the man himself, this “wild pack of tracks – starting with a wolf cry – will be unleashed on the unsuspecting on 30th March 2015.”    

From a plaintive wolf cry to Steve embracing real wolves (see sleeve above), exploring dark caverns, ancient ruins and tropical lagoons, primal energy is at the root of this album as a springboard to an exotic and exciting adventure.

Wolflight is Steve’s first original solo studio album since Beyond The Shrouded Horizon in 2011.  Primal and orchestral, it retains the Hackett trademark as electric guitar runs right the way through with a regular sprinkling of acoustic.  The concept behind it is a new unexplored chapter in the guitarist’s career.

The ten tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom. Wandering between parallel universes, Hackett explores contemporary and ancient cultures, from Greece (Corycian Fire) to the Far East (Wolflight), the USA and Martin Luther King (Black Thunder), but also his very own childhood memories (The Wheel’s Turning) and the unresolved drama of domestic violence (Love Song to a Vampire).

An excited Steve Hackett tells us more about the record: “My new rock album Wolflight is at the ready and lying in wait. It reflects everybody’s struggle for freedom on a journey travelling through both inner and outer space. It explores sounds from as far afield as Greece, Azerbaijan, the deep American South, Sahara desert and beyond, from all our yesterdays, evoking the ancient past”.  

Steve Hackett’s electric guitar plays a powerful role, whilst we also hear him on acoustic guitar, Arabian lute and twelve string, along with his strong lead vocals.  Guest Musicians include long time collaborators Roger King (Keyboards & programming), Gary O’Toole (drums), Rob Townsend (sax, duduk), Nick Beggs (bass & stick) and Amanda Lehmann (harmony vocals).  Malik Mansurov on tar and Sara Kovaks on didgeridoo add an extra exotic element, plus YES bassist Chris Squire plays on Love Song to a Vampire and Hugo Dagenhardt plays drums on Dust and Dreams.   The innovative song writing team includes Steve Hackett, his wife Jo Hackett and also Roger King.

 

Track list as follows:

 

  1. Out of the Body
  2. Wolflight
  3. Love Song To a Vampire
  4. The Wheel’s Turning
  5. Corycian Fire
  6. Earthshine
  7. Loving Sea
  8. Black Thunder
  9. Dust and Dreams
  10. Heart Song

 

Let Steve Hackett’s magic guitar lead you like Pan’s flute through a primordial dream of love, struggle and liberation.  Take the journey to freedom with Wolflight; taking off 30th March.

Steve will embark upon his Acolyte To Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour in October 2015, with 19 UK shows. Hackett states: “I’m excited to embrace Genesis Revisited once more on my tour whilst also celebrating 40 years of Voyage of the Acolyte, playing several Hackett favourites and introducing my new Wolflight album.”

 

Full Dates Are:

 

October 2015 

Tue 6th

Wed 7th

Fri 9th

Sat 10th

Sun 11th

Tue 13th

Wed 14th

Fri 16th

Sat 17th

Sun 18th

Tue 20th

Wed 21st

Fri 23rd

Sat 24th

Sun 25th

Tue 27th

Wed 28th

Fri 30th

Sat 31st

GUILDFORD

LONDON

NORTHAMPTON

CARDIFF

SOUTHAMPTON

BASINGSTOKE

YORK

ABERDEEN

GATESHEAD

GLASGOW

LEEDS

LLANDUDNO

LIVERPOOL

LEICESTER

SALFORD

IPSWICH

BRISTOL

BIRMINGHAM

SOUTHEND

GLive

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Derngate

St David’s Hall

02 Guildhall

The Anvil

Barbican

Music Hall

The Sage

Royal Concert Hall

Town Hall

Venue Cymru

Philharmonic

de Montfort Hall

The Lowry

Regent Theatre

Colston Hall

Symphony Hall

Cliffs Pavilion

0844 249 4300

0844 477 2000

01604 624 811

02920 878 444

02380 632 601

01256 844 244

0844 854 2757

01224 641 122

0191 443 4661

0141 353 8000

0113 224 3801

01492 872 000

0151 709 3789        

0116 233 3111

0843 208 6000

01473 433 100

0844 770 1797

0121 345 0602

01702 351 135

 

Tickets for all shows (apart from London) £29.50, £27.50; London: £37.50 level one, £33.50; (All tickets subject to booking fee). 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 338 0000 and Online: BookingsDirect.com.   Showtime will be 7.30pm (plus support).

 

The album will be released in the following formats:

 

Special edition CD & Blu-Ray mediabook 0507070

2LP & CD Gatefold vinyl 0507071

CD Standard Jewelcase 0507072

Digital Download 0507076

 

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ANNOUNCES DVD GENESIS REVISITED: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL  Genesis Extended World Tour commences spring 2014

ANNOUNCES DVD GENESIS REVISITED: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL Genesis Extended World Tour commences spring 2014

??????????????????????????????????????????Prog pioneer Steve Hackett proudly announces the DVD release of his critically acclaimed live spectacular Genesis Revisited, filmed at the sold out show at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall in October 2013. The DVD of this landmark performance will hit the stores on 30th June 2014. 

Genesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert Hall – the next best thing after being there – was recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound and will be available in the following formats:

– Standard 2CD/DVD digipak
– Limited 2CD/2DVD/Blu-Ray art-book with liner notes, photos and bonus interview features

An ecstatic Steve Hackett comments: “I’m excited the Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited show at the extraordinary Royal Albert Hall is being released on both DVD and Blu-Ray in 5.1. It was a thrilling musical experience for all concerned with a fantastic light / visual show! Paul Green and team filmed it brilliantly too. It’s a feast for eyes, ears and all the senses…” 

In order to re-live such a seminal chapter of prog rock history live on stage for Genesis Revisited, Hackett surrounded himself with a team of exceptional musicians including keyboardist Roger King (Gary Moore, Snoop Dog, Jamelia), Gary O’Toole (Chrissie Hynde, Kylie Minogue) on drums, percussion and vocals, Rob Townsend (Eddie Henderson, Bill Bruford, Django Bates) on sax, flute and percussion, Lee Pomeroy (Rick Wakeman, Take That) on bass, and Nad Sylvan (Abbas’s Michael B Tretow) on vocals. 

Prog Magazine’s Grant Moon wrote: ‘The Genesis Revisited incarnation represents perhaps the last chance we’ll have to hear it as it should be. It’s hard to recall a performance that sounded so good at this venue’.

Full track listing:

1. Dance On A Volcano
2. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
3. Fly On A 
4. Broadway Melody of 1974
5. Carpet Crawlers (w/ Ray Wilson)
6. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (w/ Roine Stolt)
7. The Musical Box
8. Horizons
9. Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers
10. In That Quiet Earth
11. Afterglow 
12. I Know What I Like (w/ Ray Wilson)
13. Firth of Fifth (w/ John Wetton)
14. Ripples (w/ Amanda Lehmann)
15. The Fountain of Salmacis 
16. Supper’s Ready
17. Watcher of the Skies
18. Los Endos 

The guitar legend scooped Prog Magazine’s 2013 Progressive Music Award for Event Of The Year following another Genesis Revisited sell out performance at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

After an unforgettable 2013, Hackett will be rewarding fans in 2014 with his Genesis Extended world tour, which hits the UK in October and sees the return of Nick Beggs on bass. The show will once again feature seminal tracks from the ‘Genesis Golden Era’, some of which were not included on the Genesis Revisited tour. 

Date City Venue Box Office
OCTOBER      
Tue 21st IPSWICH Regent Theathre 01473 433 100
Wed 22nd BRIGHTON Centre 0844 847 1515
Fri 24th NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert Hall 0115 989 5555
Sat 25th GLASGOW Clyde Auditorium 0844 395 4000
Sun 26th YORK Barbican 0844 854 2757
Tue 28th SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion 0844 854 2757
Wed 29th SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall 023 8063 2601
Thu 30th CARDIFF St David’s Hall 02920 878 444
NOVEMBER      
Sat 1st LONDON* Eventim Apollo 0844 249 4300
Sun 2nd SALFORD The Lowry 0843 208 6000
Mon 3rd GUILDFORD Glive 0844 770 1797
Tue 4th BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall 0121 345 0602

 

Tickets go onsale on Friday 15th November at 9.00am. Ticket prices for all venues except London are £29.50 and £27.50 all seated (except Guildford seated/standing) and London* £35 and £30. 24hr Ticket Hotline: 0844 338 0000 Online: BookingsDirect.com (Agency & credit card bookings subject to booking fee) Showtime for all shows is 7.30pm (plus support). For full details on exclusive VIP packages to meet Steve before the shows, please see www.hackettsongs.com 

STEVE HACKETT – EXTENDS GENESIS’ LIVE BONANZA

STEVE HACKETT – EXTENDS GENESIS’ LIVE BONANZA

Hackett Steve in concert Friars 050913Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett has announced his Genesis Extended Tour, featuring a selection of classics to include some of the gems he had to sacrifice on the Award winning Genesis Revisited live shows. With a career and repertoire spanning decades between Genesis and his outstanding solo work, this will be the last opportunity for fans to see Hackett perform a whole set from the seminal prog band’s catalogue. 

An enthusiastic Steve Hackett explains: “Due to the success of the Genesis Revisited shows, in 2014 we’re extending both the dates and the concept. We’ll launch into a full Genesis set with favourites from this year such as The Musical Box, Dancing with the Moonlit Knight and Supper’s Ready along with the addition of other Genesis classics which are often requested and the audiences deserve to hear… I’m really excited about this!”

Steve Hackett was Genesis’ guitarist from 1971 to 1977 and is the first ex-member to re-record and tour that part of
 the band’s material in Genesis Revisited I (1996) and II (2012). Taking the stage again with Steve Hackett is an exceptional team of top class musicians, including Roger King (Gary Moore, Snoop Doggie Dog, Jamelia) on keyboards, Gary O’Toole (Kylie Minogue, Chrissie Hynde) on drums, percussions and vocals, Rob Townsend (Eddie Henderson, Bill Bruford, Django Bates) on sax, flute and percussions, Nick Beggs (bass/twelve string guitar) and Nad Sylvan (Unifaun, Agents Of Mercy) on vocals. 

The Genesis Extended Show will visit some of the locations that Genesis Revisited missed, and will also return to London where the two previous dates – Hammersmith Apollo and Royal Albert Hall – completely sold out. It will be a chance to celebrate the success of the Genesis Revisited – Live at Hammersmith CD/DVD box set and Hackett’s recent Prog Award for best Live Event, again for that famous Hammersmith night.

Talking about Hackett’s astounding live performance, Classic Rock Prog magazine wrote: ‘a faithful, inspired trip down memory lane which reaffirms the majesty of many of progs defining moments. Hearing a packed house inquire in unison, ‘A flower?’ is a spine-tingling experience’‘spine-tingling’ was also the word used by the Newcastle’ Chronicle to describe the brilliance of his guitar solo, while Fireworks called the show ‘magnificent in every respect’ and Classic Rock Society defined it as ‘two hours and a half of pure joy for any Genesis fan’

If you missed the show or the show missed your favourite track, here’s your chance to relive the timeless magic that is Genesis, thanks to guitar wizard Steve Hackett and his remarkable live band. Once again, back to make everyone happy.

The Genesis Extended tour will hit the UK in October 2014, dates as follows:

Date City Venue Box Office
OCTOBER      
Tue 21st IPSWICH Regent Theathre 01473 433 100
Wed 22nd BRIGHTON Centre 0844 847 1515
Fri 24th NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert Hall 0115 989 5555
Sat 25th GLASGOW Clyde Auditorium 0844 395 4000
Sun 26th YORK Barbican 0844 854 2757
Tue 28th SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion 0844 854 2757
Wed 29th SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall 023 8063 2601
Thu 30th CARDIFF St David’s Hall 02920 878 444
NOVEMBER      
Sat 1st LONDON* Eventim Apollo 0844 249 4300
Sun 2nd SALFORD The Lowry 0843 208 6000
Mon 3rd GUILDFORD Glive 0844 770 1797
Tue 4th BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall 0121 345 0602

Tickets go onsale on Friday 15th November at 9.00am. Ticket prices for all venues except London are £29.50 and £27.50 all seated (except Guildford seated/standing) and London* £35 and £30. 24hr Ticket Hotline: 0844 338 0000 Online: BookingsDirect.com (Agency & credit card bookings subject to booking fee) Showtime for all shows is 7.30pm (plus support). For full details on exclusive VIP packages to meet Steve before the shows, please see www.hackettsongs.com 

STEVE HACKETT – GENESIS REVISITED SOLD OUT HAMMERSMITH SHOW TO BE RELEASED ON CD & DVD TO COINCIDE WITH OCTOBER UK TOUR

STEVE HACKETT – GENESIS REVISITED SOLD OUT HAMMERSMITH SHOW TO BE RELEASED ON CD & DVD TO COINCIDE WITH OCTOBER UK TOUR


??????????????????????????????????????????It takes a legend to bring a myth back to life. A unique treat for music fans worldwide, Steve Hackett’s critically acclaimed live production ‘Genesis Revisited’ has so far triumphed in Europe, Japan and North America alike and is still going strong; on May 10th it celebrated its success at a sold out London’s Hammersmith Apollo with an ecstatic audience. Genesis Revisited – Live at Hammersmith – a unique performance with guests including Nik Kershaw, John Wetton, Jakko Jakszyk, Amanda Lehmann and Steve Rothery – will be released on October 21st. The 3CD+2DVD (with 5.1) box set, coincides with the return of Hackett’s Genesis Revisited Tour to the UK for a second round due to popular demand.

The pioneering guitarist comments: “The 5.1 DVD with stereo CD out on 21st October including the whole show from Hammersmith Apollo is a feast for all the senses. I was blown away by the fantastic response to those May UK gigs. The autumn Genesis Revisited shows will include different Genesis material to before as well as all the big faves that bring the house down…See you all soon!”

Details of the DVD/CD set as follows:

Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith
Release date: 21st October 2013
Catalogue Number: 050664

Format: 3CD+2DVD Box set in slipcase

CD 1  
1. Watcher of the Skies 6. The Lamia
2. The Chamber of 32 Doors 7. The Musical Box
3. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight 8. Shadow of the Hierophant
4. Fly on a Windshield 9. Blood on the Rooftops
5. Broadway Melody of 1974  

 

CD 2  
1. Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers 5. Dance on a Volcano
2. In That Quiet Earth 6. Entangled
3. Afterglow 7. Eleventh Earl of Mar
4. I Know What I Like 8. Supper’s Ready

CD 3 
1. Firth Of Fifth
2. Los Endos

DVD 1 – Full Live Show 
DVD 2 – Behind The Scene Featurette 

 

The upcoming UK Tour includes a nearly sold out performance at the legendary Royal Albert Hall on October 24th. Taking the stage with Steve Hackett is an exceptional team of top class musicians, including Roger King (Gary Moore, Snoop Doggie Dog, Jamelia) on keyboards, Gary O’Toole (Kylie Minogue, Chrissie Hynde) on drums, percussions and vocals, Rob Townsend (Eddie Henderson, Bill Bruford, Django Bates) on sax, flute and percussions, Lee Pomeroy (Take That, Rick Wakeman) on bass and Nad Sylvan (Abbas’s Michael B Tretow) on vocals. 

Full dates below:

Date City Venue Box Office Online Booking
OCTOBER        
Tue 22nd BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall 0121 345 0603 www.thsh.co.uk  
Wed 23rd BRISTOL Colston Hall 0117 922 3686 www.colstonhall.org/
Thu 24th LONDON** Royal Albert Hall 020 7589 8212 www.royalalberthall.com
Sat 26th MANCHESTER 02 Apollo 08444 777 677 o2apollomanchester.co.uk
Sun 27th NEWCASTLE City Hall 0191 277 8030 newcastlecityhall.org
Tue 29th LIVERPOOL Philharmonic 0151 709 3789 www.liverpoolphil.com
Wed 30th SHEFFIELD City Hall 0114 2789 789 sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
NOVEMBER        
Fri 1st CAMBRIDGE*** Corn Exchange 01223 357 851 www.cornex.co.uk

 

Tickets are £26.50, £24.50 for all venues – except Aylesbury £30 £37.50 & £40; Cambridge £26.50; London Hammersmith £27.50 and Royal Albert Hall £32.50 to £45. Tickets available through 24hr Ticket Hotline: 0844 338 0000 Online: BookingsDirect.com Agency & credit card bookings are subject to booking fee. All venues are seated. Showtime will be 7.30pm. 

VIP Ad-on upgrade packages are available for all UK and some USA shows. For full information go to: www.crowdsurge.com/stevehackett 

Hackett made its mark on prog rock in the Seventies with his astounding, innovative work as Genesis’ lead guitarist, before embarking in a fulfilling solo career in 1977. In 1996 he released ‘Genesis Revisited’ – followed by ‘Genesis Revisited II in 2012 – where he reinterpreted Genesis classics from Golden Era (1971-77), keeping the original spirit of the songs intact while giving them a new edge, with the help of an impressive plethora of special guests. Steve Hackett is the first ex member to revive that particular segment of the band’s seminal career; the ‘Genesis Revisited’ Tour, Steve’s most ambitious production so far, sold out its first batch of dates in the UK last May.