Friday, February 3, 2017

Former Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Releases First Track From New Album

Guitarist Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis), is set to release The Night Siren on March 24th, 2017 through InsideOut Music (Sony).  As implied in the title, The Night Siren is a wake-up call… the warning of a siren sounding in this era of strife and division.

A video behind "In The Skeleton Gallery" from The Night Siren is now available to view and hear on YouTube (see below).

“I'm excited by the imminent release of my new album, The Night Siren, which includes this track, 'In The Skeleton Gallery'," Hackett said. "You know that ancient childhood night terror which creeps up on you in a dark moment when you're least expecting it... This track moves from a dream-like groove with a Middle Eastern tinged accompaniment through to a sinister march and on to an out-there nightmare ride, before the child's box of tricks reclaims it and the lid is finally closed…"

The Night Siren features Hackett playing with musicians from several different countries, in celebrating multicultural diversity and unity. This includes singers from Israel and Palestine, who both actively campaign to bring Jewish and Arabic people together. The album's instrumentals comprise a multiplicity of sounds, including the exotic strains of Indian sitar and Middle Eastern tar and oud, the ethnic beauty of the Peruvian charango and the haunting Celtic Uilleann pipes.

Hackett's wish to involve a range of musical sounds, instruments, musicians and singers from different parts of the world is both a development of his eclectic approach to music and shows how people can be brought together, even from war-torn regions.

Expanding on the theme of The Night Siren, Hackett says, “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. From territorial frontiers to walled-up gateways, boundaries often hold back the tide. But while the night siren wails, music breaches all defences. To quote Plato, ‘When the music changes, the walls of the city shake’.”

The Night Siren will be available as a special edition CD/Blu-Ray Mediabook featuring 5.1 surround sound and "making of" documentary, standard jewelcase CD, gatefold two-LP vinyl + CD & digital download.

Pre-order the album at

Confirmed track listing:

Behind The Smoke
Martian Sea
Fifty Miles from the North Pole
El Niño
Other Side of the Wall
Anything But Love
Inca Terra
In Another Life
In The Skeleton Gallery
West to East
The Gift

In addition to singers Kobi and Mira (Israeli and Palestinian), the album also features Nick D'Virgilio (drums) from the USA, Malik Mansurov (Tar) from Azerbaijan & Gulli Breim (drums and percussion) from Iceland, along with regular Hackett collaborators: Roger King, Nad Sylvan, Gary O'Toole, Rob Townsend and Amanda Lehmann.  Additional musicians include Christine Townsend (violin and viola), Dick Driver (double bass) and Troy Donockley (Celtic Uilleann).

Hackett is returning with an exciting new show Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett for both UK/European & US tour dates. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Genesis album Wind and Wuthering, Hackett and his band will be performing several tracks from the album as well as fan favorites such as "The Musical Box" and other Genesis numbers Hackett and his band have never performed before, including "Inside & Out" and "Anyway," as well as material from The Night Siren.

Before embarking on his North American tour, Hackett and his band will perform on Cruise To The Edge, which sails from Tampa, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico, February 7 through 11.

Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett 2017 Canada and U.S tour dates:

February 14th - City Winery - Nashville, TN
February 15th - City Winery - Nashville, TN
February 17th - Victoria Theater - Newark, NJ
February 18th - State Theatre - Ithaca, NY
February 22nd - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
February 23rd - NYCB - Westbury, NY
February 24th - Santander PAC - Reading, PA,
February 25th - Playstation Theater - New York, NY
February 26th - Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA
February 28th - 20 Monroe Live - Grand Rapids, MI
March 1st - Royal Oak Music - Theatre Royal Oak, MI
March 2nd - The Oakville Centre - Oakville, Ontario, Canada
March 3rd - Kleinhans Music Hall - Buffalo, NY

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