Steve Hackett, guitarist in the classic Genesis line-up of the 1970s, is back on the road in November and many of the shows in his 20-date UK tour have already sold out.
For the first time, Steve and his band will perform the seminal 1973 Genesis album Selling England By The Pound in its entirety. This album has been described as the definitive Genesis album and includes firm favourites Dancing With The Moonlit Knight, Firth of Fifth, Cinema Show and, of course, I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe).
“I’m thrilled to be performing the whole of my favourite Genesis album, Selling England By The Pound,” says Steve. “I felt that I was playing guitar in the world’s best band, and everything was opening up for us.”
Indeed it was and the album peaked at number 3 in the charts while I Know What I Like gave the band their first hit single introducing them to a wider audience. Selling England was Steve’s third album with Genesis, alongside Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins, and was, by then, a very strong working unit.
“I was very lucky to have joined a terrific band,” Steve reflected, “and, as everyone worked together, it became stronger. We were allowed to influence each other and something filtered. We were bound to be affected by each other and it was wonderful to watch everyone’s individual development. To be in a band where you happen to be a fan of all the ideas that the other guys are bringing in to it, that was thrilling. To contribute to it, as well, that was something else, so I’ve got many happy memories.”
Steve’s intricate guitar work, which would become such an integral part of the Genesis sound over those years, featured heavily from the outset, very much to the fore on The Musical Box, opening track on Steve’s debut Genesis album Nursery Cryme (1971). His solo track Horizons (Foxtrot, 1972) became a signature piece whilst his guitar solo on Firth of Fifth was one of the highlights of Selling England.
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of one of Steve’s most popular solo albums Spectral Mornings and Steve will celebrate this by performing some of the album’s highlights. There will also be other classic tracks from both Steve’s time with Genesis and his extensive solo catalogue.
At The Edge Of Light, released in January, was Steve’s 25th studio album, and made the top 30 in the album chart, while he is also set to release a 2CD + Blu-Ray digipak titled Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall on 25th October 2019 via InsideOutMusic.
For more informationon Steve Hackett’s 2019 UK tour please visit http://www.hackettsongs.com/tour.html