Steve Hackett, as the powerhouse guitarist for inarguably one of the most important progressive rock bands ever, has been a guiding influence for musicians and guitarists for over 40 years.
Genesis, only ever made it to Australia once, in 1986 – years after Steve and singer Peter Gabriel left the band, so Steve is making it up to fans by bringing some Genesis magic to our shores. Genesis classics ‘’Dance On A Volcano’’ and ‘’Eleventh Earl Of Mar’’ have never been performed here, and Steve’ s incendiary guitar work on a magnum opus such as ‘’Dancing With The Moonlit Knight’’ will have jaws dropping.
In this special Australian only show, Steve will also perform a couple of songs from his forthcoming album, The Night Siren before whetting the appetite for a grand finale that will leave fans ecstatic. I’m thrilled to bring my Genesis Revisited tour to Australia & NZ.
“I’ll be playing there for the first time and I’m hugely looking forward to it! It’ll be great to meet fans and friends, and I know it’s an incredibly beautiful country. I’m bringing a special set, including big favourites like ‘’Supper’s Ready’’, ‘’The Musical Box’’ and ‘’Firth of Fifth’’ amongst many other stellar Genesis numbers and some solo. I can’t wait!’’
— Steve Hackett
Steve is renowned for his dazzling guitar playing but his world class band is equal to the task, presenting extraordinarily proficient performances, sensitive to the original recordings yet adding very clear nuances and personality to the music. It’s in no way an understatement to say that fans of exceptional music are in for the concert of a lifetime.
Media Quotes: ‘’I’d never seen Hackett live before, and was absolutely floored by his guitar pyrotechnics. Hackett’s two-and-a-half-hour performance had the very enthusiastic crowd roaring and giving numerous standing ovations.”
— Goldmine Magazine
“It has been a long time since I felt as exhilarated after a concert. I urge everyone with a slightly daring taste in music to experience this music live. It’s unlikely to leave you indifferent.”
— The Rocktologist
“By the time Steve Hackett and the band had reached minute 120 of the lengthy set and after the essential version of Los Endos, I heard a fan nearby say, “Well how do you follow that?” Fair comment mate”
— Classic Rock Magazine
“This was truly an incredible show filled with great musicians and timeless songs. For 2 and a half hours the audience was transported to another place and time and I was lucky enough to be one of those people. Don’t waste an opportunity to see this man and his band perform if they come to your city.”
— The Prog Report
“The music was mesmerising, the musicianship world class and I didn’t want it to end.”
Steve Hackett: Tour Dates:
Friday 28th July – AUCKLAND, Town Hall (Genesis Revisited extended show)
Wednesday 2nd August – BRISBANE, Tivoli (Genesis Revisited extended show)
Friday 4th August – SYDNEY, Enmore (Genesis Revisited extended show)
Saturday 5th August – MELBOURNE, Palais (Genesis Revisited extended show)
Pre-sale: Wednesday 28th March, 10am – 6pm Local Time
General Public On sale: Thursday 29th March 10am Local Time
Steve Hackett Biography
Steve Hackett has had a remarkable musical career and is renowned as one of the most innovative rock musicians of our time. Steve has released more than 30 solo albums as well as the seven albums he recorded with Genesis. In 2010, Steve was inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame. As lead guitarist with Genesis he was part of the classic Peter Gabriel era line up which produced acclaimed albums such as The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Foxtrot and Selling England by the Pound (a favourite of John Lennon). Steve’s compositional prowess and extraordinary versatility in both his electric & acoustic guitar playing, is influenced by Rock, Jazz, World Music and Blues. With Genesis, Steve’s guitar playing produced some of their most memorable moments, from the sensitivity of his acoustic sound on Horizons and Blood on the Rooftops to the dramatic rock guitar solos of Firth of Fifth and Fountain of Salmacis.
Pushing musical boundaries into exciting new areas, Steve created sounds and techniques such as ‘tapping’, later developed by the likes of Eddie Van Halen, and leading directly to instruments such as the Chapman Stick. As well as a flourishing solo career throughout the 80’s and 90’s, Steve also joined Yes guitarist Steve Howe in the highly successful GTR. Steve also worked with renowned musicians such as Paul Carrick, Bonny Tyler, John Wetton and Brian May, who has credited Steve as an early influence.
Throughout the 2000’s Steve has created a succession of sophisticated albums, from the opaque atmospherics of Darktown to the colourful voyage through time and space of To Watch the Storms. 2009’s Out Of The Tunnel’s Mouth was proclaimed by fans and reviewers alike as his best ever, and follow up album Beyond the Shrouded Horizon received an equally enthusiastic response. In 2012 Steve collaborated with Chris Squire of Yes on the “Squackett” album A Life Within a Day. Hackett’s latest albums Wolflight and the exciting new album The Night Siren both featured in the UK Top 40 and continue Steve’s trailblazing excursions through a myriad of musical styles and his optimistic world view. Genesis’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2010 stands as a testament to the enduring qualities of their music. Steve has always held a torch for the classic Genesis music and his Genesis Revisited 2013 Hammersmith Odeon show took out Event of the Year at the prestigious Progressive Music Awards. Steve is also the most recent recipient of the FIM Legend of Rock Award. Steve’s live electric gigs take his fans on an extraordinary journey drawn from a rich musical heritage. Perennial Genesis favourites such as the mighty Firth Of Fifth sit alongside solo classics, while more recent material demonstrates that Steve is an artist still very much at the top of his game. Supported by some of the best musicians on the planet, Steve’s unique guitar work remains the fulcrum on which this challenging and exhilarating show is balanced.