STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF “SELECTION” TO COINCIDE WITH UK TOUR

STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF “SELECTION” TO COINCIDE WITH UK TOUR

Hackett Selection SAs the Genesis Revisited live experience is about to be unleashed in the UK, Steve Hackett announces the release of Selection on 13th May; the single CD album will feature a collection of songs taken from Genesis Revisited II and include a newly recorded version of Carpet Crawlers, a pre-tour treat from the legendary guitarist with Ray Wilson on vocal duties. Carpet Crawlers will also be available as a single track for digital download.

This single CD album features some of my favourite shorter songs and highlights from Genesis Revisited II’ – says Hackett enthusiastically – along with additional track ‘Carpet Crawlers’ sung by Ray Wilson, who joined Genesis as singer on Calling All Stations. He does a great job here filling Gabriel’s shoes, but with his own special style. It’s great to be flying the flag once more for the early Genesis sound on the eve of the World Tour…

Full track listing is:

1. Carpet Crawlers 6. Shadow of the Hierophant
2. 11th Earl of Mar 7. Can-Utility and the Coastliners
3. The Lamia 8. Afterglow
4. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight 9. Blood on the Rooftops
5. Entangled  

Since its release in October 2012, when it entered the UK album chart at number 24, Genesis Revisited II has collected rave reviews: works wonderfully (Classic Rock), It’s faithful, full-blooded (Mail on Sunday), a wonderful listen (Music News) are only a few of the expressions used by critics to describe this outstanding tribute to the unforgettable prog pioneers. The album celebrates the Genesis period between 1971 and 1977 – known as the band’s Golden Era – and follows the first instalment released by Hackett in 1996. 

The Genesis Revisited Tour will be Hackett’s biggest production to date, incorporating classics from both Genesis Revisited albums in a unique show not to be missed. Steve Hackett is the first member of Genesis to revisit this phase of the band’s history and fans have welcomed the opportunity to take a trip down memory lane, with many dates already sold out. Selection offers fans a handpicked anthology in preparation for the shows and, later, to relish the memory of one of their finest live music experiences.

GENESIS REVISITED WORLD TOUR: MORE UK DATES ADDED – LONDON HAMMERSMITH AND BIRMINGHAM SOLD OUT

GENESIS REVISITED WORLD TOUR: MORE UK DATES ADDED – LONDON HAMMERSMITH AND BIRMINGHAM SOLD OUT

Nad Sylvan and Steve Hackett live at RAH credit icon photograhy lo res1As UK fans rush to get their hands on the May Genesis Revisited Tour tickets, Steve Hackett is happy to announce that further dates have been added to make sure no one is left out; the legendary guitarist will be back in October/November, with a second leg of the tour including a performance at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London.

Following the success of the Genesis Revisited II album, which is still enjoying great sales after entering the UK charts at 24 on its release a month ago, tickets to the May shows have been going fast; Birmingham is already sold out and there are only a few tickets still available for the London Hammersmith Apollo date on 10th May.

“Sales have gone ballistic with demand from promoters and fans for extra dates” says Hackett enthusiastically, “I’m knocked out with the overwhelmingly positive response and I’m thrilled we’re going to do more shows… There’ll be some set changes between the two tours but both’ll have tons of classic faves including Supper’s Ready, Dancing with the Moonlit Knight and Musical Box…”

The Genesis Revisited Tour will be Hackett’s biggest production in recent years, giving his audience a chance to re-live the legendary band’s Golden Era through classic tracks from both his Genesis Revisited albums. Steve is the first ex-Genesis member to revisit their 1971-77 repertoire on stage and fans are looking forward to relishing the opportunity to see the live shows.

New dates as follows:

 

Date City Venue
OCTOBER 2013    
Tue 22 BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
Wed 23 BRISTOL Colston Hall
Thu 24 LONDON Royal Albert Hall
Fri 26 MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Sat 27 NEWCASTLE City Hall
Mon 29 LIVERPOOL Philharmonic
Tue 30 SHEFFIELD City Hall
NOVEMBER 2013    
Fri 1 CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange

Tickets are £26.50, £24.50 for all venues – except Cambridge £26.50 and London 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. 

Don’t forget there are still tickets left for some of the spring dates:

 

MAY 2013      
Date City Venue  
Fri 10 May LONDON* Hammersmith Apollo SOLD OUT
Sat 11 May CARDIFF St David’s Hall  
Sun 12 May LIVERPOOL Philharmonic  
Tue 14 May GLASGOW Royal Concert Hall  
Wed 15 May GATESHEAD The Sage  
Thu 16 May BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall SOLD OUT
GENESIS REVISITED II TRACKLIST COMMENTARY

GENESIS REVISITED II TRACKLIST COMMENTARY

Hackett Selection SAn Overview

I sympathise with Hitchcock’s need to re-make an earlier film. The vision is clearer, techniques improve inwardly and outwardly. For all us musicians songs of innocence are now inevitably songs of experience. I love the original Genesis music so much that I want to highlight it even more. The temptation to infuse those tracks with more detail and enriched clarity was irresistible. Musos set the ball rolling by passing it to one another as a means to carry forward combined ideas. The songwriters then necessarily move on to the next project, but the avid listener knows it’s really a chariot of fire, a bow of burning gold or a dark satanic mill… It’s emblazoned into the mind with a life of its own that moves way beyond the dreams of the original perpetrators. But sometimes dreams need to be re-lived! On these versions I’ve altered the detail within the songs whilst aiming to preserve the authentic spirit of the originals. Real string instruments are often used either with or instead of Mellotron, there are several new introductions, plus many additional effects recorded on Apple Mac Logic with amp plug-ins instead of going the traditional route. You’ll also find changed guitar and other instrumental solos, as well as additional vocal parts. Every time I change a solo I feel I’m in danger of messing with people’s childhoods, but sometimes the muse just has to have her way with me…

The Chamber of 32 Doors
I’ve always liked this song harmonically. It’s an Anglo-American hybrid with unexpected gusts of passion. I wanted to re-play the original guitar parts with more control and sustain. Having tracked up string and flute players, this new version started to take on symphonic proportions. In contrast, the new subtle distant wailing guitars add to the song’s unnerving quality. Nad Sylvan’s expressive soulful range also reinvigorates the song for me, while sympathetically echoing Gabriel’s vocal performance.

Horizons
A small starter on the menu before Supper’s Ready, recorded with a six string steel acoustic sent out through a Leslie to give it that authentic early Genesis sound. Influenced more by Bach and Byrd than Blues, this kicked off many acoustic ideas that were to follow.

Supper’s Ready
This one is often referred to by fans as their favourite progressive track of all time… This version includes several vocalists to add to the varying texture of all the elements. It begins with a soulfulness in Mikael Akerfeldt’s presentation, followed by a sweetness in Simon Collin’s voice and the exuberance of Conrad Keeley. I aimed to pull off the English pastiche aspect of Willow Farm with its array of characters in a kind of Teddy bears Picnic meets I am the Walrus. The whole thing finally opens up into its epic ending with the warm and expansive vocal of Francis Dunnery. I played extra guitar parts which aren’t on the original in both the organ section and on the end to give it more colour.

Lamia
To my mind this is the most poetic song on The Lamb… It expresses Pre Raphaelite magic amidst the urban sprawl of Rael’s tale. It’s a song that speaks to women as much as men. Nik Kershaw sings this one with great passion. His take is hymn-like, emotional and erotic at the same time. Steve Rothery of Marillion and I swap guitar phrases that wrap around each other in a snake-like way, reflecting the lyric. 

Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
This is possibly my favourite Genesis song, with influences ranging from Scottish plainsong to fusion… Elgar meets Brave new World. It epitomises the character and magic of early Genesis. It features tapping, nylon and twelve strings. Jeremy Stacey’s drums give this version even more precision. The “Disney” section at the end has an English pastoral hypnotic feel – a thread to the world of Spencer’s Fairy Queen – a small corner of England remaining while the rest is sold off as a job lot plunging headlong into an alienated future. In this version I started this piece with the beginning of Greensleeves to give a sense of the old English thread and the poignancy of the song, which Francis Dunnery’s sensitive vocal also expresses.

Fly on a Windshield
Influences in this powerful piece range from Ravel to Hendrix, with the ramming speed of Ben Hur along with echoes of the Egyptian pyramids, all brought to life under the watchful towers of New York. A wall of sound meets the wall of death. In this new version the guitar sometimes screams like slaves under the whip. 

Broadway Melody of 1974
Gary O’Toole sings this with more blues inflection than the original. His vocal turns police radio commentary surveying an imaginary parade as the whole of the American dream turns nightmare. Consumerism runs riot whilst cheerleaders and the Clan join the procession.

Musical Box
To introduce this new version I used a musical box sound that distorts into another kind of nightmarish feel. On this track was the earliest recording of the tapping solo. The three part harmony guitar on the end now is everything I always dreamed of doing on the original. Also check out Nad Sylvan’s cameo choirs and the Fiddlers three who have become soprano sax and violin along with slightly distorted flute… 

Can-Utility and the Coastliners
The lyrics and music were essentially mine on this song about King Canute. This was Steven Wilson’s favourite track on Foxtrot and he’s sung it beautifully, with real feeling. Real orchestral instruments on this track enrich the sound.

Please Don’t Touch
Another Genesis branch rehearsed by the band, originally linked to Wot Gorilla on Wind and Wuthering. It’s a variation on my Unquiet Slumbers melody and I feel more strongly thematic than Wot Gorilla. An orchestra again plays on this version, in places making it huge and uncompromising… something I couldn’t get in the same way without the orchestral instruments on the original. This time I also enjoyed really letting the guitar sustain and let rip…

Blood on the Rooftops
At the beginning is a totally new part for the nylon intro which then links to the original intro. Again, there’s also now the addition of orchestral instruments which create an enriched sound. A great vocal from Gary O’Toole who really lives the song I wrote with Phil long long ago…

Return of the Giant Hogweed
Roine Stolt leads the main guitar solo and we go off the map significantly together in the new version, with power chords and police siren noises coming in from me as the track reaches its crazy finale with disembodied Mellotron hurtling towards the end … With John Hackett on scat flute and Rob Townsend doubling the bass from Lee Pomeroy in places the whole effect makes the track now sound even more preposterously huge than ever!

Entangled
A song I wrote with Tony, inspired by the dream state. On this version Jakko Jakszyk’s beautiful vocal is joined by Amanda Lehmann’s harmonies in the chorus…

Eleventh Earl of Mar
Again Nad Sylvan adds extra vocal parts here and I get to do the voice loops, an idea I had for Phil when the tapes were in danger of being chewed up. Doing many tape loops of vocals going ‘aaah’, my chest felt punctured from inside during the process! Guitar parts are clearer than before, plus a six stringed Rickenbacker, beloved of the Beatles, chimes in on the “features are burning” section. 

Ripples
This time I’ve chosen a female singer. Amanda Lehmann sings the song with beautiful vibrato like the young Marianne Faithful along with the poignant tone of the older Marianne. The electric guitar melody, which I created, I enjoyed really feeling my way back into and the guitar sound at the end was the product of three fuzz boxes hooked in series to create a distant string orchestra effect.

Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers
This started out life on the nylon guitar but Roger King added Mellotron mandolins plus repeat to swirl the whole effect around. The synth sounds more voice like on our version as it’s ghosted by vocal sample.

In That Quiet Earth I used one guitar on this instead of three. It’s much clearer than the original. It’s unnerving on the backwards section with a real siren quality. The Fernandes sustainer guitar comes into its own on this version. Gary O’Toole’s drums sound deliberately aggressive and compressed on the slow powerful moments. Soprano sax replaces the synth for what I think of as the snake charmer phrases. 

Afterglow
John Wetton seizes hold of this song and really lives the powerful romance of it, especially when he sings “And I would search everywhere…” On this version there are two Les Pauls and a Rickenbacker – a nod to George Harrison and the sound he developed with the Beatles.

A Tower Stuck Down
With original input from Mike Rutherford, this is one of my Genesis Branches. Now played with more brutality than the original, this has a killer riff. Written by John Hackett and myself, we’ve returned to it with added fervour! Genesis was never quite this heavy…

Camino Royale
Another Genesis branch, this time inspired by a dream I had of Genesis performing in a surrealistic version of New Orleans. Hungarian fusion band Djabe take the middle solos… creating a whole new authentic jazz feel to the song. Great mute trumpet from Ferenc and piano from Zoltan.

Shadow of the Hierophant
This was a co-write with Mike Rutherford, part of which was rehearsed by Genesis for the Foxtrot sessions. This version is a little faster than the original and partly in a lower key and this time we’ve used two twelve strings plus a keyboard twelve string, giving it the English Rose feel behind Amanda Lehmann’s glorious vocal. The spirit of Genesis from a mere forty years ago is back, sounding fresher than ever, mellotrons scream, bass pedals thunder, and Gary O’Toole’s drums sounding like his life depended on it. There’s a dead stop to give the piece an explosive finale.

GENESIS REVISITED II: MORE ALBUM DETAILS AND FIRST WORLD TOUR DATES REVEALED

GENESIS REVISITED II: MORE ALBUM DETAILS AND FIRST WORLD TOUR DATES REVEALED

HackettGenIIFollowing the release on 22nd October of legendary guitarist Steve Hackett’s newest album, Genesis Revisited II which comes in a limited edition 2CD Media-book, as well as a 4LP & 2CD version, Steve is proud to announce details of his forthcoming 2013 world tour. The tour will be a special production and something of a departure from his recent live shows.

This will mark the first time any original former member of Genesis has toured the band’s repertoire solely from the 1971 – 1977 period and will comprise songs co-written by Steve from that period, including such classics as Supper’s Ready, Dancing with the Moonlit Knight and The Musical Box. The line-up will feature the addition of Nad Sylvan as principal vocalist on several songs. The tour will commence in the US in early March and reach the UK in May 2013. For anyone who was a fan of Genesis, this will be a ‘must see’ event. Further dates to be announced.

The eagerly awaited album includes some of the most respected vocalists of our days in Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth), Simon Collins (Phil Collins’ son), Amanda Lehmann, Conrad Keely, Francis Dunnery, Neal Morse, John Wetton, Nad Sylvan and Nik Kershaw; Steve Rothery of Marillion and Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings and Transatlantic also join in to share guitar duties, while Jeremy Stacey and Gary O’Toole are amongst the chosen drummers. The album will be available in different formats, including a limited edition 2CD Media-book, and a unique 4LP & 2CD version. It’s a project of Wagnerian proportions! Steve says. I’ve remained true to the spirit of the original songs, whilst changing and highlighting details. The vocalists all contribute their own character to the whole. For track list details please see below.

This time around, I’ve tried to satisfy what everyone wants, including myself – comments Hackett on his choice for the track list. Initially, I was thinking of just going for the best songs not featured on the first album. But then people thought I should do those tracks where the guitar was emphasized. So, I’ve done both. I’ve also included four songs with Genesis threads, most of which were written during the period and had a Genesis feel, such as the co-written ‘Shadow of the Hierophant’. 

Go back to the seminal Golden Era with Steve Hackett and his guests as they honour a truly unforgettable music legend.

 

STEVE HACKETT – Genesis Revisited II  
Tracklisting Disc 1 Tracklisting Disc 2
1. Chamber of 32 Doors 1. Blood On The Rooftops
2. Horizons 2. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed
3. Supper’s Ready 3. Entangled
4. The Lamia 4. Eleventh Earl Of Mar
5. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight 5. Ripples
6. Fly On A Windshield 6. Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers.
7. Broadway Melody of 1974 7. In That Quiet Earth
8. The Musical Box 8. Afterglow
9. Can-Utility And The Coastliners 9. A Tower Struck Down
10. Please Don’t Touch 10. Camino Royale
  11. Shadow Of The Hierophant

Pre-order Genesis Revisited II now from:

www.hackettsongs.com
Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0094F2IHK
Play.com: http://www.play.com/Music/CD/4-/35797942/0/Genesis-Revisited-II/ListingDetails.html



Dates for the UK tour as follows:

 

MAY 2013    
Date City Venue
Fri 10 May LONDON* Hammersmith Apollo
Sat 11 May CARDIFF St David’s Hall
Sun 12 May LIVERPOOL Philharmonic
Tue 14 May GLASGOW Royal Concert Hall
Wed 15 May GATESHEAD The Sage
Thu 16 May BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall

Tickets are £26.50, £24.50 for all venues – except London* £27.50 (agency and credit card tickets subject to booking fee). 24hr Ticket Hotline: 0844 338 0000 – Online: BookingsDirect.com All venues are seated. Showtime will be 7.30pm.

GENERAL ON SALE: Saturday 22 September, 9am

Further dates for the Genesis Revisited World Tour will be announced soon.

STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF GENESIS REVISITED II ON VIDEO

STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF GENESIS REVISITED II ON VIDEO

Legendary Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has announced the details of his forthcoming studio albumGenesis Revisited II in a special YOUTube video message for Genesis fans worldwide.

Steve Hackett has brought together a host of stunning guest performers including Steven Wilson and Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) to craft an album that revisits many of the best loved songs from his Genesis years. 

What better person to introduce you to this epic undertaking than the man himself.

Watch the video below: 

Steve Hackett’s Genesis Revisited II will be released on 22nd October 2012 and comes in a limited edition 2CD Media-book, as well as a beautiful 4LP & 2CD version that showcases the brilliant artwork above. 

Last year saw the release of Steve Hackett’s critically acclaimed and best selling solo album Beyond The Shrouded Horizon, which he toured extensively. 

A lengthy world tour in support of the new album to be announced soon. Stay tuned for more details.

STEVE HACKETT RELEASE SINGLE TIL THESE EYES/ENTER THE NIGHT

STEVE HACKETT RELEASE SINGLE TIL THESE EYES/ENTER THE NIGHT

The year has just begun and Steve Hackett has already rewarded his loyal fan base with a run of acclaimed UK shows; always eager to help the more vulnerable, the ex-Genesis guitarist has now announced the release of double A sided single Til These Eyes and Enter The Night (Radio Mix) on 21st May (20th May on iTunes) via Inside Out Music, with part of the sales revenue going to charity Childline Rocks

A unique one-off show – Past and Present – at the Islington Assembly Hall, London on Sunday 20th May featuring Steve Hackett and his Electric Band, also in aid of ChildLine Rocks, is alreadysold out, as Hackett himself proudly declares.

“My AA single is coming out 0n 21 May! Influenced by the Peter Pan story, Enter the Night celebrates youth and vitality, while Til These Eyes expresses the passing of years and relationships… But the pivotal importance of love shines through and links both songs. The wide span of time and musical style is also celebrated in the Hackett band show Past and Present which features both songs. This show at the Islington Assembly Hall on 20 May is already sold out and I’m honoured to be part of the Childline cause.”

Til This Eyes is featured on the widely praised Beyond the Shrouded Horizon, Hackett’s 24th studio album – Enter the Night is only featured on the deluxe edition. The record is a progressive journey, deeply personal yet joyous, taking the listener with Hackett on his quest to make sense of life through music. Exquisite acoustic vignettes and towering rock and orchestral arrangements traverse continents of subject and style and yet the album remains cohesive to the end. ‘An extraordinarily diverse and far-reaching album which leaps between genres with vision and vitality,’ according to Classic Rock.

Renowned as one of the world’s most talented and innovative rock musicians, Hackett made an indelible mark on classic rock as Genesis’ lead guitarist in the Seventies; in 1977 he started a prolific solo career, drawing on influences from blues, jazz, classical and ethnic music while being himself recognized as a major influence by countless and diverse guitarists. Hackett pioneered of the “tapping” technique that influenced the likes of Eddie Van Halen and other virtuosos. In March 2010, Steve was inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York, a public recognition of his stature as both performer and composer.

Steve Hackett will perform on the Main Stage at the prestigious Isle of Wight Festival on June 24thBruce Springsteen will be headlining the show.

ChildLine Rocks is an independent committee originally set up to raise money for ChildLine -a service within the NSPCC – through live music. The first ChildLine Rocks event was held at London’s indigO2 in March 2008; the line-up included Roger Daltrey, Lulu, Marillion, Thunder, Ian Paice (Deep Purple) and The Zombies. The event, which was compered by legendary DJ, “Whispering” Bob Harris, raised over 100,000, which paid for 40 new volunteer ChildLine counsellors. The CLR committee is chaired by Malcolm Bluemel, the owner of Planet Rock Radio and includes Classic Rock and Yamaha amongst others.

ChildLine is the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people. Trained volunteer counsellors comfort, advise and protect children and young people who may feel they have nowhere else to turn. Almost 1300 volunteers provide a counselling service, supervised by a team of professional supervisors and managers. Every day ChildLine counsellors answer around 2,500 calls from children and young people looking for comfort, advice and protection.