Steve Hackett Announces New Album Release Date, Tour Dates

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Steve Hackett will open the new year with a new album, and will support the album with a series of live dates.

The veteran guitarist announced this week he will release his new album The Night Siren on Friday, March 24, 2017 via InsideOut Music.  The record features the former Genesis guitarist’s talents as well as those of a number of other well-known musicians throughout its 11-song body.

The talents featured in the record include the likes of: Nick D’Vrgilio (former Spock’s Beard), Malik Mansurov, Gulli Breim and others.  Hackett explained the music displays music’s ability to bring together people of all backgrounds through both its arrangements and featured performers.

“This latest waxing represents a bird’s eye view of the world of a musical migrant ignoring borders and celebrating our common ancestry with a unity of spirit, featuring musicians, singers and instruments from all over the world,” Hackett said.  “From territorial frontiers to walled-up gateways, boundaries often hold back the tide.  But while the night siren wails, music breaches all defences.  To quite Plato, ‘When the music changes, the walls of the city shake.”

The record’s themes focus on a number of interrelated topics.  The theme presented in the album’s opener, ‘Behind The Smoke,’ focuses on the plight of refugees throughout the ages.  ‘West To East’ focuses similarly on the negative impacts of war on the world’s peoples.

The themes presented are similar throughout each of the album’s other tracks.  The record’s full track listing is noted below.  The album will be available on standard edition CD and special edition CD/BD digipack featuring 5.1 surround sound mix and “making of” featurette.

Full Track Listing:

  1. Behind the Smoke
  2. Martian Sea
  3. Fifty Miles from the North Pole
  4. El Niño
  5. Other Side of the Wall
  6. Anything but Love
  7. Inca Terra
  8. In Another Life
  9. In the Skeleton Gallery
  10. West to East
  11. The Gift

Along with the announcement of his new album, Hackett has announced a tour in support of the upcoming recording.  Hackett will hit the road in support of Night Siren beginning Feb. 14 in Nashville, TN.  His current tour schedule runs through March 3, 2017 in Buffalo, NY.  Performances will songs from Night Siren as well as a number of classic Genesis hits.  Hackett’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

Tuesday, February 14th City Winery Nashville, TN

Wednesday, February 15th    City Winery Nashville, TN

Friday, February 17th Victoria Theater Newark, NJ

Saturday, February 18th  State Theatre Ithaca, NY

Wednesday,February 22nd  Ridgefield Playhouse  Ridgefield, CT

Thursday, February, 23rd  NYCB Westbury, NY

Friday, February 24th  Santander PAC Reading, PA,

Saturday, February 25th  Playstation Theater New York, NY

Sunday, February 26th  Wilbur Theatre Boston, MA

Tuesday, February 28th  20 Monroe Live Grand Rapids, MI

Wednesday, March 1st  Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI

Thursday, March 2nd  The Oakville Centre Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Friday, March 3rd  Kleinhans Music Hall Buffalo, NY

 

More information on Hackett’s new album and tour is available online now along with Hackett’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.hackettsongs.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stevehackettofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/hackettofficial

 

 

 

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Hackett’s Latest Live Recording An Easy Candidate For One Of 2014’s Best New Live Recordings

Courtesy: Inside Out U.S.

Courtesy: Inside Out U.S.

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett’s follow-up to his live 2013 box set Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith is a solid companion piece to that release. While Hackett’s former band mates were not a part of this latest live recording (or his previously released live show at the Hammersmith), the musicians with whom he surrounded himself are just as talented as them. That is the first piece of this recording’s success. Another aspect worth noting in the concert’s recording is the show’s set list. And the multiple formats in which the performance is available solidifies the whole thing as one of the best new live recordings of the year.

Steve Hackett and his former Genesis band mates may no longer be performing or even recording together. It would be a dream come true for Hackett to reunite with at least one incarnation of Genesis if only for a one-off show. In their stead though, Hackett has surrounded himself with quite the stable of musicians and artists. Roine Stolt (the Flower Kings), Gary O’Toole (Chrissie Hynde, Kylie Minogue), Rob Townsend (Eddie Henderson, Bill Bruford, Django Bates), Lee Pomeroy (Rick Wakeman, Take That), Nad Sylvan (Unifaun, Agents of Mercy), and one time Genesis vocalist Ray Wilson joined Hackett for this performance. Also on board for the show were John Wetton, Amanda Lehmann, and Roger King (Snoop Dogg, Gary Moore, Jamelia). This collection of performers is just as talented as any incarnation of Genesis over the decades. Gary O’Toole covers the drums and percussion with the same ease as Phil Collins in his heyday. And Hackett soars throughout every song. Each of the group’s members gets their own moment in the spotlight, too. That is made evident through the show’s extensive set list, which is just as important to this recording’s success as the group assembled for the show.

The musicians brought on board for Steve Hackett’s Royal Albert Hall performance each bring their own expertise to the concert. They may not be the original Genesis lineup. But they are just as impressive as those musicians if not more so. Their talent is not all that is worth noting in this latest upcoming live Genesis Revisited recording. The show’s set list is just as worth nothing. It totals eighteen songs and approximately two hours and fourteen minutes. Not a single second of the nearly two and a half hours is wasted, either. The inclusion of fan favorites such as ‘Dance on a Volcano,’ ‘The Musical Box,’ and ‘Los Endos’ among so many others makes the recording even more enjoyable. Add in a number of rather extended songs and solid stage performance from every member of the band, and audiences get even more reason to check out this recording.

The collective stage presence on the part of Hackett and his fellow musicians, and the show’s extensive set list together are more than enough reason for any Genesis fan to check out this latest live release from Steve Hackett. There is still at least one more reason for Genesis fans to pick up this latest release from Hackett. That reason is the recording’s multiple presentation formats. The presentation reviewed here is that of the audio only CD recording. It is also available as a triple-disc 2CD/DVD digipack, and limited edition 2cd/2DVD/Blu-ray art book that includes liner notes, photos, and bonus interview segments. It was all recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound. So in total, Steve Hackett: Genesis RevisitedLive at the Royal Albert Hall will actually be available in not one, not two, but three separate formats upon its release next Tuesday, July 8th. The concert’s multiple presentation formats work in tandem with the concert’s extensive set list and the talent of the performers (as well as their o0n-stage presence) to make this latest live Genesis Revisited concert one of the best of 2014.

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Hackett Announces New Live Box Set, Tour Details

Courtesy:  InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Veteran musician Steve Hackett will release a new live box set this Fall.  The new live set, Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith will be released on Monday, October 21st worldwide, and Tuesday, October 29th in the United States via InsideOut Music.  It will be comprised of three compact discs and two DVDs.  The full set was recorded at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on May 10th, 2013.  The recording of the sold out performance features guest performances from Nik Kershaw, John Wetton, Jakko Jakszyk, and Steve Rothery.  It is being released in connection with the return of Hackett’s Genesis Revisited Tour to Europe and the UK for a second run.  The second run is thanks to critical acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

Hackett shared his thoughts on the upcoming live box set in an interview about the release.  He talked about the 5.1 surround sound audio mix on the performance’s DVD portion and the equally impressive audio mix on the companion CD’s in his interview.  “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,” he said.  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!”

The full track listing for Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith is available below.

CD1
1. Watcher of the Skies
2. The Chamber of 32 Doors
3. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
4. Fly on a Windshield
5. Broadway Melody of 1974
6. The Lamia
7. The Musical Box
8. Shadow of the Hierophant
9. Blood on the Rooftops

CD2
1. Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers
2. In That Quiet Earth
3. Afterglow
4. I Know What I Like
5. Dance on a Volcano
6. Entangled
7. Eleventh Earl of Mar
8. Supper’s Ready

CD3
1. Firth of Fifth
2. Los Endos

DVD1 
Full live show

DVD2 
Behind the scenes featurette

A full listing of Hackett’s most current tour dates is available online at his official Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Hackett/123101228589 and at his official website at http://www.hackettsongs.com.  Fans can also stay up to date with all of the latest Steve Hackett news via Twitter at http://twitter.com/HackettOfficial.

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