horizonIt’s a great start to 2012 for music fans in the UK, as Steve Hackett gets ready for the second part of his Breaking Waves Tour in February. The occasion will be marked with the release of a digital only single from his current album Beyond the Shrouded Horizon, ‘Til These Eyes’.

Dates from the first leg of the UK tour were reviewed enthusiastically; ‘mesmerizing’, ‘spine-tingling power and majesty’, ‘a bravura performance extending well over two hours’ are just a few of the words used to describe the dazzling shows. Timeless classics from both Genesis and Hackett’s solo catalogue were part of the remarkable set list, flawlessly executed by Steve and his talented band, featuring Lee Pomeroy on bass (Take That) as well as regular band members Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums & vocals), Rob Townsend (Various saxes, flute, whistle and vocals) and Amanda Lehmann (guitar and vocals). Lehmann and O’Toole occasionally took on vocal duties, with tracks like ‘Shadow of the Heirophant’, made even more precious by Lehmann’s feminine touch.

Critically acclaimed Beyond the Shrouded Horizon is Hackett’s 24th studio album, following hot on the heels of Out of the Tunnel’s Mouth. It’s a progressive journey, deeply personal yet joyous, taking the listener with the ex-Genesis musician, 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. Defiantly impressive’, says Classic Rock, while PowerPlay calls it ‘a great album from start to finish’ and iGuitar recommends to its readers ‘a remarkable album from a truly remarkable guitarist’.

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.


Breaking Waves 2012 dates are:


Date City Venue Prices Box Office Online
Fri 10th Farnham Maltings £27.50/£25.00 1252 745 444
Sun 12th Brighton Komedia £20.00 0845 2938480
Wed 15th Gateshead Sage £22:50 0191 443 4661
Thur 16th Aberdeen  Lemon Tree 20.00 01224 641 122
Fri 17th Edinburgh Queens Hall £22.00                        0131 668 2019
Sat 18th Holmfirth Picturedrome £20.00                        0871 230 1101
Sun 19th Buxton Opera House  £22.50                        0845 127 2190
Mon 20th New Brighton Floral Pavillion £18.50/£20.00 0151 666 0000
Wed 22nd Southampton Brook £16.00/£18.00 02380 555 366 
Thur 23rd Bath Komedia        £20.00 0845 293 8480
Fri 24th Leamington Spa Assembly 17.50 0844 8541358
Sat 25th Bilston Robin £18.50/£20.00 01902 401 211
Sun 26th Wavendon The Stables £28.50                        01908 280 800
Mon 27th Norwich UEA £18.00 01603 508 050


All tickets are subject to bookingss fee.


Doors open 7.00pm – Tavistock, Manchester, Islington, Brighton. Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Buxton & Norwich
Doors open 7.30pm – Gloucester, Farnham, Holmfirth, Bath. Leamington Spa
Show at 7.30pm – Manchester, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Buxton
Show at 8.00pm – Tavistock, Gloucester, Islington, Brighton, Gateshead, Holmfirth, New Brighton, Bath, Wavendon
Show at 8.30pm – Farnham