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Steve Hackett to Release Solo Album ‘At The Edge Of Light’ in 2019

Acclaimed guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett has announced the release of his new studio album ‘At The Edge Of Light’ on January 25, 2019. Steve Hackett was Genesis’ guitar player during the band’s highly influential progressive rock era.

‘At The Edge Of Light’ contains ten songs, featuring various musical genres, ranging from guitar-driven rock to epic symphonic orchestration, world music and atmospheric pieces.

Steve reveals: “In these dangerous times, deep shadows feel even sharper than usual and we find ourselves standing at the edge of light… The contrast between dark and light weaves its way throughout the album in many ways, from the sense of good fighting evil through to the interplay of dark and light opposites magically combining in cultures, including the heartbeat of India and primal tribal rhythms. Ultimately, this album embraces the need for all musical forms and cultures to connect and celebrate the wonder of unity in this divided world.”

At The Edge Of Light will be available in various formats, including a Mediabook CD plus extra DVD with 5.1 surround sound mix & behind the scenes documentary, double vinyl LP + CD, Jewelcase CD and digital album.

Steve Hackett – ‘At The Edge Of Light’

‘At The Edge Of Light’ was primarily recorded in Steve’s own studio but also around the world. The album includes international artists, such as Durga and Loreley of Pink Floyd vocal fame, drummers Nick D’Virgilio and Simon Phillips from USA, Sheema on sitar from India, Icelandic drummer/percussionist Gulli Briem, tar player Malik Mansurov and Swedish progressive rock bass player Jonas Reingold. This album also features Paul Stillwell on didgeridoo, Rob Townsend on sax, bass clarinet and duduk, Amanda Lehmann on vocals, John Hackett on flute, drummer Gary O’Toole, Roger King and Ben Fenner on keyboards, Dick Driver on double bass, violinist and viola player Christine Townsend.

Hackett recently played a series of Genesis Revisited shows with Orchestra and will perform two UK dates with acoustic sets in early December before touring Europe in April/May 2019. He also announced a UK tour in November 2019 with a much anticipated ‘Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings & Album Highlights’ set. Upcoming tour dates are available at: hackettsongs.com/tour

More Extraordinary Live Recreations and New Works by Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett – Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham (InsideOut Music, 2018)

Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham is a 3-disc boxed set featuring two audio CDs and a Blu-ray disc. The live albums were recorded in Birmingham and feature the many sides of Steve Hackett. Disc 1 focuses on Hackett’s solo material, featuring material from his solo albums Spectral Mornings, Defector, Voyage of the Acolyte, To Watch the Storms, and Darktown as well as his most recent work The Night Siren. It also gives you an appetizer of disc 2, which focuses on his work with the latter part of progressive rock-era Genesis.

On disc 1, Steve Hackett demonstrates his admirable skill and as performer and songwriter. He’s comfortable playing state of the art progressive rock and other types of rock, folk and blues. His signature solos with slight variations from the originals are a real treat.

 

 

Disc 2 is primarily focused on many of the songs from the Wind and Wuthering album, which many of us consider the last progressive rock album by Genesis. Steve Hackett also revisits two earlier Genesis pieces that are prog rock classics and fan favorites: Firth of Fifth and The Musical Box.

The Blu-ray disc contains the live concert on video plus bonus documentary and music videos.

Steve Hackett has assembled a fabulous band that rises to the top. The album features Steve Hackett on guitars and vocals; the remarkable Roger King on a wide-range of keyboards, Nad Sylvan on vocals and tambourine; Gary O’Toole on drums, percussion and vocals; Rob Townsend on saxophone, woodwinds, percussion, vocals, keyboards and bass pedals; and Nick Beggs on bass, guitars and vocals.

Two special guests also appeared on stage and the album: flute player John Hackett and vocalist Amanda Lehman.

 

 

Steve Hackett is living a new golden age. He’s risen to the top of the progressive rock world, recruiting a new generation of musicians, composing new material and recreating outstanding recreations of classic Genesis material and his own solo works.

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Celebrated Guitarist Steve Hackett Releases Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham

Steve Hackett – Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham

Progressive rock guitar maestro Steve Hackett has released a new album titled Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham. Wuthering Nights was filmed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall during Hackett’s Genesis Revisited & Classic Hackett tour.

The tour marked the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, Hackett’s last album with Genesis and the band’s last progressive rock release. To celebrate, Steve and his band played 5 of the best-loved tracks from this iconic album: Eleventh Earl Of Mar, One For The Vine, Blood On The Rooftops, …In That Quiet Earth and Afterglow.

Other fan favorites from Hackett’s Genesis days were ‘revisited’: Dance On A Volcano, Inside & Out, Firth Of Fifth, The Musical Box and the classic Los Endos. The album also features many of Hackett’s solo fan-favorites as well as material from his latest studio album The Night Siren.

Steve recalls the Birmingham performance… “I’m excited about imminent release of ‘Wuthering Nights’. It felt special to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, the Genesis album I had the most songwriting involvement with and a favorite among many fans. Songs like One for the Vine, Eleventh Earl of Mar and Blood on the Rooftops come across powerfully on this release, which also features other Genesis and solo Hackett favorites along with songs from my latest album The Night Siren… Sit back and enjoy!

The band that appears in this recording includes Roger King on keyboards; Gary O’Toole on drums and percussion; Rob Townsend on saxophones and flutes/ Nick Beggs on bass, stick & twelve string guitar; and Nad Sylvan on vocals plus special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann.

The album is available as Special Edition 2CD + 2DVD Digipak, Blu-Ray, 2CD + Blu-Ray (North America only), and digital. All video formats include 5.1 Surround Sound and various extras.

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Steve Hackett to Perform Genesis Revisited, Solo Gems & GTR in Tarrytown in 2018

Steve Hackett

Acclaimed progressive rock guitarist Steve Hackett is set to perform February 18, 2018 at Tarrytown Music Hall in New York. The concert is part of the Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited, Solo Gems & GTR 2018 Tour De Force.

Steve Hackett was lead guitarist with progressive rock-era Genesis as part of their classic line up with Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. With Genesis, Hackett recorded progressive rock classics: Nursery Cryme (1971), Foxtrot (1972), Genesis Live (1973), Selling England by the Pound (1973), The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974), A Trick of the Tail (1976), and Wind & Wuthering (1976).

Hackett’s solo recordings include prog rock, jazz, world music and blues influences. Essential solo albums include Voyage of the Acolyte (1975), Please Don’t Touch (1978), Spectral Mornings (1979), Beyond the Shrouded Horizon (2011), Genesis Revisited II (2012), and The Night Siren (2017).

Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited

Sunday, February 18, 2018
7:00 PM
Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY

The Mesmerizing Prog Rock Vampiric Tale Continues

Nad Sylvan – The Bride Said No (Inside Out Music, 2017)

Swedish singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Nad Sylvan has risen to the top of the progressive rock scene because of his solo work and collaborations with Steve Hackett and Roine Stolt. The Bride Said No is his new solo album and continues the story he initiated with the acclaimed Vampiric album Courting The Widow.

The Bride Said No still has plenty of first class symphonic progressive rock inspired by 1970s bands like Genesis and UK. However, The Bride Said No adds a music theater element and masterful vocal interplay between Nad and his guest lead vocalists Tania Doko and Jade Ell.

Nad Sylvan is a generous vocalist. His albums always provide plenty of space to the virtuoso instrumentalists that participate in his recordings. The most noticeable difference I find in The Bride Said No is that there is less mellotron than in the previous album. However, keyboard lovers don’t despair, Nad and his colleagues provide plenty of succulent synth solos and majestic keyboards throughout the album.

 

 

 

For prog rock guitar fans, track 5 ‘What Have You Done” is true delight. Nearly half the piece features two outstanding, hats off epic electric solos. The first is by the grand master of progressive rock guitar, Steve Hackett. The second solo is by the equally talented Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, Asia, Erotic Cakes). But there is more. If you manage to filter out the guitars (which is hard to do because they’re so good), you’ll notice remarkable bass work underneath by yet another master, Tony Levin.

 

 

Although Nad Sylvan’s vocals are superb throughout the album, on track 6, ‘Crime Of Passion,’ Nad stands out even more, delivering all vocal parts, lead and backing vocals. Guitars also play a leading role with Steve Hackett again, along with another regular collaborator, one of the busiest and finest guitarists in the prog world, Sweden’s Roine Stolt.

Another favorite is ‘A French kisses in an Italian Café,’ a beautiful laid back song with a trip hop beat that captivates you right away. It’s enriched with beautiful orchestrations by Nad Sylvan, Steve Hackett’s fabulous guitar, Tony Levin’s masterful Chapman stick and bass, and the delightful backing vocals.

 

 

The final song on the album is the most theatrical, with attention-grabbing interplay between Nad Sylvan and his female guest vocalists. It’s prog rock meets neosoul. This track has a hidden song. There are over 2 minutes of silence and then a pop song appears.

The lineup includes Nad Sylvan on vocals, keyboards, guitars, orchestrations; Jade Ell on vocals; Sheona Urquhart on vocals and saxophone; Anders Wollbeck on keyboards, programming, orchestration and additional sound design; Tania Doko on vocals; Jonas Reingold on bass; Nick D’Virgilio on drums and percussion; Tony Levin on Chapman Stick and bass; Doane Perry on drums; Alfons Karabuda on waterphone; Steve Hackett on guitar; Guthrie Govan on guitar; and Roine Stolt on guitar.

The Bride Said No is another captivating forward-thinking progressive rock album by the multi-faceted and talented Nad Sylvan.

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Progressive World Music for Troubled Times

Steve Hackett – The Night Siren (InsideOut Music, 2017)

Thanks to his Genesis Revisited progressive rock recordings and tours, guitar virtuoso (and former Genesis guitarist) Steve Hackett is enjoying some of his most productive years. He has recorded albums where he explores various genres with total ease and skill. On The Night Siren he fuses his signature guitar style with a mix of classic rock, progressive rock, folk-rock, world music and various other influences, bringing attention to international turmoil.

Speaking about this recording, Steve Hackett has indicated that he’s always had an interest in multicultural diversity within music. Hackett’s curiosity about other cultures was evident in his early recordings, where he incorporated East Asian, Celtic, and other influences.

On The Night Siren Steve Hackett will take you on a constant unexpected musical ride. Songs that begin pastoral will conclude with knockout guitar solos. Heavy drums similar to Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir and Middle Eastern melodies transform into magnificent prog rock sections. There is also flamenco, Andean charango, fiery blues harmonica, Australian aboriginal didg, and more.

 

 

The album lineup includes Steve Hackett on electric and acoustic guitars, oud, charango, sitar guitar, harmonica, vocals; Mira Awad on vocals; Leslie-Miriam Bennett on keyboards; Gulli Briem on drums, cajon, percussion; Troy Donockley on Uilleann pipes; Kobi Farhi on vocals; Dick Driver on double bass; Benedict Fenner on keyboards and programming; Jo Hackett on vocals; John Hackett on flute; Roger King on keyboards and programming; Ferenc Kovács on trumpet; Sara Kovács on didgeridoo; Amanda Lehmann on vocals; Malik Mansurov on tar; Nad Sylvan on vocals; Gary O’Toole on drums; Christine Townsend on violin, viola; Rob Townsend on baritone and soprano sax, flute, flageolet, quena, duduk, bass clarinet; and Nick D’Virgilio on drums.

 

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Guitar Maestro Steve Hackett Releases Video for ‘Behind The Smoke’

Renowned guitarist and composer Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis) is set to release his latest album ‘The Night Siren’ on March 24th , 2017 through InsideOut Music (Sony). In the meantime, Hackett has released a brand new video for the album’s opening track ‘Behind The Smoke.’

I’m thrilled with this video for the track ‘Behind the Smoke’ from my new album The Night Siren,” says Steve Hackett. “Director Ivan and the I-Code team have created an extraordinary film here resembling an epic movie! It perfectly matches the song, which laments the predicament of refugees throughout the ages. More compassion is needed in this world for those escaping persecution and death.”

‘The Night Siren’ is a wake-up call… the warning of a siren sounding in this era of conflicts and disagreement.

The album lineup includes Steve Hackett on guitar & vocals; Roger King on keyboards & programming; Nad Sylvan on vocals on Inca Terra; Rob Townsend on all things wind; Amanda Lehmann on vocals; Gary O’Toole on drums; and Benedict Fenner on additional keyboards & programming).

Also featured are vocalists Kobi Farhi and Mira on Israeli and Palestinian; Nick D’Virgilio on drums, from the USA; Malik Mansurov on tar, from Azerbaijan; and Gulli Breim on drums and percussion, from Iceland.

Additional musicians who add to the rich flavor of the album are Christine Townsend on violin and viola; Dick Driver on double bass; Troy Donockley on uilleann pipes; and Leslie Bennett on keyboards on The Gift.

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Steve Hackett Releases Live Album with Hungarian band Djabe

Acclaimed progressive rock guitarist and composer Steve Hackett has a new album titled ‘Summer Storms & Rocking Rivers’ (Esoteric Antenna EANTCD21065) recorded with Hungarian band Djabe. It’s set for release in March 2017.

The two disc set includes a DVD featuring a concert in Bratislava in July 2011. It also contains a bonus documentary, the piece Jacuzzi / Overnight Sleeper (recorded in November 2013) with the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and the promotional video of the song Tears for Peace.

“Summer Storms and Rocking Rivers” includes Steve Hackett solo material such as The Steppes and Ace of Wands, together with progressive rock-era Genesis material such as Firth of Fifth, Blood on the Rooftops, In That Quiet Earth and Los Endos.

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Steve Hackett Reveals Upcoming North American Tour

Steve Hackett – Photo by Tina Korhone

Renowned progressive rock guitarist Steve Hackett will return to North America in 2017 to present his new show, Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett. The 13 date tour will take place in February and March 2017.

Throughout the tour, Steve and his band will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic Genesis album, Wind and Wuthering, the last progressive rock album recorded by Genesis. Steve Hackett and the band will be performing several tracks from Wind and Wuthering along with fan favorites such as ‘The Musical Box’ and other Genesis pieces never performed before by Steve’s band including ‘Inside & Out’, ‘One For The Vine’ and ‘Anyway’ as well as material from the upcoming new album The Night Siren.

Genesis – Wind and Wuthering

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

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

Steve Hackett Announces New Album ‘The Night Siren’

Acclaimed guitarist and progressive rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis) is set to release a new album titled The Night Siren on Friday, March 24th 2017, through InsideOut Music (Sony).

As indicated in the title, The Night Siren is a wake-up call…the forewarning of a siren sounding in this era of conflict and discord.

The Night Siren presents Steve’s renowned guitar work as strongly as ever, together with with musicians from several different countries, who Steve invited to join him in celebrating multicultural diversity and unity.

The lineup includes singers from Israel and Palestine, who both actively campaign to bring Jewish and Arabic people together. There are also instrumentals from the USA and Iraq, and a wide range of sounds, including Indian sitar and Middle Eastern tar and oud, Peruvian charango, and the moving Irish uilleann pipes.

“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,” says Steve Hasckett about his new album. “From territorial frontiers to walled-up gateways, boundaries often hold back the tide. But while the night siren wails, music breaches all defenses. To quote Plato, ‘When the music changes, the walls of the city shake’.”

In addition to singers Kobi and Mira (Israeli and Palestinian), also featured on the album are American drummer Nick D’Virgilio, Malik Mansurov (Azerbaijan) on tar, Gulli Breim (Iceland) on drums and percussion), as well as regular Hackett collaborators: Roger King, Nad Sylvan, Gary O’Toole, Rob Townsend and Amanda Lehmann. Additional musicians who add to the multifaceted flavor of the album are Christine Townsend on violin & viola, Dick Driver on double bass and Troy Donockley on uilleann pipes.