To celebrate his 40th Anniversary as a solo artist, Steve Hackett will embark on his 19 date ‘Acolyte To Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour’ in the UK in October and here is a sneak peak of how things are going:
The video is of Steve and Roger King rehearsing – can you guess which track is being included in the set-list? Steve will also release a 14 disc box set ‘Premonitions – The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983’ on 16th October.
The box set is a comprehensive reissue project that includes his first 6 albums on the Charisma label, together with a wealth of previously unavailable recordings as well as remixes by Steven Wilson.
‘Premonitions’ comes in a Super Deluxe box set featuring a total of 135 songs on 10 CDs and 4 DVDs (5.1 mixes), plus an extensive booklet; included in this version are 67 previously unreleased recordings between old and new tracks, live and remixes.
“I’m pleased that Steven Wilson has done several new mixes in both surround and stereo” – Hackett has declared – “The box set will also contain a number of live shows from the era.
“I’ve enjoyed being involved with this comprehensive trip down memory lane. There’s also a substantial booklet containing a lot of background info along with many wonderful Armando Gallo shots, and Roger Dean has painted a beautiful picture for the cover.
“For me it’s a proud souvenir that highlights those years. I’ll play plenty of this early work at shows in the autumn which will include some numbers not played live for many moons, like ‘Icarus Ascending’ and ‘Star of Sirius’ plus all time faves such as ‘Every Day’ and ‘Spectral Mornings’.”
Hackett’s two most successful albums from the Charisma era, ‘Please Don’t Touch’ and ‘Spectral Mornings’, will also be re-released separately in a deluxe expanded version with 5.1 mixes by Steven Wilson in 2016. Both records were previously reissued in 2005 as expanded single disc sets.
2015 marks 40 years from the release of Steve Hackett’s first solo record ‘Voyage of the Acolyte’.He was the first member of Genesis to release a solo album, before leaving the band in 1977.
Hackett’s musical career has been blooming over the past four decades, establishing him as a loved icon and pioneer of the genre. His current studio album ‘Wolflight’ was released in March to critical acclaim, charting at 31; it’s the first studio album of new material since ‘Beyond the Shrouded Horizon’ in 2011 and explores past and contemporary cultures in a revolutionary journey.
The 40th anniversary celebrations continue with 19 UK shows on the ‘Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour’, where fans will have the opportunity to relive the Charisma years while discovering the guitarist’s more recent work, together with a selection of Genesis tracks previously unheard live.
Full Dates Are:
Tue 6th GUILDFORD GLive
Wed 7th LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri 9th NORTHAMPTON Derngate
Sat 10th CARDIFF St David’s Hall
Sun 11th SOUTHAMPTON 02 Guildhall
Tue 13th BASINGSTOKE The Anvil
Wed 14th YORK Barbican
Fri 16th ABERDEEN Music Hall
Sat 17th GATESHEAD The Sage
Sun 18th GLASGOW Royal Concert Hall
Tue 20th LEEDS Town Hall
Wed 21st LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru
Fri 23rd LIVERPOOL Philharmonic
Sat 24th LEICESTER de Montfort Hall
Sun 25th SALFORD The Lowry
Tue 27th IPSWICH Regent Theatre
Wed 28th BRISTOL Colston Hall
Fri 30th BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
Sat 31st SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion