Following the success of last year’s Genesis Revisited tour, Steve Hackett has announced a six-date UK tour in October 2018. This time the former Genesis guitarist will be accompanied by a 41-piece orchestra, and the set list will feature both Genesis and Hackett numbers.
The idea for this special tour was conceived after the extremely well-received one-off US performance of the 1996 album ‘Genesis Revisited’ with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Bradley Thachuk. The orchestra added even more texture and colour to the classic tracks, prompting Hackett to plan to perform more concerts in this arrangement. Thachuk will also conduct the UK shows.
“I always hoped that the Genesis music would one day involve an orchestra,” Hackett said. “I’m proud to say I’ll now be able to make that dream a reality on my next British tour, involving my own extraordinary rock band alongside a full-sized orchestra.”
A few of the popular Genesis songs performed in the show will be ‘Supper’s Ready’, ‘Dancing with the Moonlit Knight’ and ‘Firth of Fifth’. Tracks from Hackett’s solo repertoire will include ‘Shadow of the Hierophant’, ‘El Niño’ and ‘The Steppes’.
His regular collaborators will be accompanying Hackett on the tour: Roger King on keyboards, Gary O’Toole on drums and percussion, Rob Townsend on sax and flute, and Nad Sylvan on vocals. They will be joined by Jonas Reingold of the Flower Kings on bass.
Hackett played lead guitar on seven Genesis LP’s in the 70s and has released over 30 solo albums. He has also worked alongside Steve Howe of Yes with the supergroup GTR. He was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2010. His two latest records, ‘Wolflight’ (2015) and ‘The Night Siren’ (2017) both made it into the Top 40 on the UK album charts.
The tour dates are as follows:
Monday, October 1st – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Wednesday, October 3rd – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Thursday, October 4th – London Royal Festival Hall
Friday, October 5th – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Sunday, October 7th – Gateshead The Sage 1
Monday, October 8th – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall