Steve Hackett New Digital Single
And Second Leg Of UK Tour In February
It’s a great start to 2012 for music fans in the UK, as Steve Hackett gets ready for the second part of his Breaking Waves Tour in February. The occasion will be marked with the release of a digital only single from his current album Beyond the Shrouded Horizon, ‘Til These Eyes’.
Dates from the first leg of the UK tour were reviewed enthusiastically; ‘mesmerizing’, ‘spine-tingling power and majesty’, ‘a bravura performance extending well over two hours’ are just a few of the words used to describe the dazzling shows. Timeless classics from both Genesis and Hackett’s solo catalogue were part of the remarkable set list, flawlessly executed by Steve and his talented band, featuring Lee Pomeroy on bass (Take That) as well as regular band members Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums & vocals), Rob Townsend (Various saxes, flute, whistle and vocals) and Amanda Lehmann (guitar and vocals). Lehmann and O’Toole occasionally took on vocal duties, with tracks like ‘Shadow of the Heirophant’, made even more precious by Lehmann’s feminine touch.
Critically acclaimed Beyond the Shrouded Horizon is Hackett’s 24th studio album, following hot on the heels of Out of the Tunnel’s Mouth. It’s a progressive journey, deeply personal yet joyous, taking the listener with the ex-Genesis musician, on his quest to make sense of life through music. Exquisite acoustic vignettes and towering rock and orchestral arrangements traverse continents of subject and style and yet the album remains cohesive to the end. ‘An extraordinarily diverse and far-reaching album which leaps between genres with vision and vitality. Defiantly impressive’, says Classic Rock, while PowerPlay calls it ‘a great album from start to finish’ and iGuitar recommends to its readers ‘a remarkable album from a truly remarkable guitarist’.
Renowned as one of the world’s most talented and innovative rock musicians, Hackett made an indelible mark on classic rock as Genesis’ lead guitarist in the Seventies; in 1977 he started a prolific solo career, drawing on influences from blues, jazz, classical and ethnic music while being himself recognized as a major influence by countless and diverse guitarists. Hackett pioneered of the “tapping” technique that influenced the likes of Eddie Van Halen and other virtuosos. In March 2010, Steve was inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York, a public recognition of his stature as both performer and composer.
Breaking Waves 2012 dates are:
FEBRUARY Fri 10thFarnhamMaltings£27.50/£25.001252 745 444www.farnhammaltings.com Sun 12thBrightonKomedia£20.000845 2938480www.komedia.co.uk/brighton Wed 15thGatesheadSage£22:500191 443 4661www.thesagegateshead.org Thur 16thAberdeen Lemon Tree20.0001224 641 122www.boxofficeaberdeen.com Fri 17thEdinburghQueens Hall£22.00 0131 668 2019www.thequeenshall.net Sat 18thHolmfirthPicturedrome£20.00 0871 230 1101www.picturedrome.net Sun 19thBuxtonOpera House £22.50 0845 127 2190www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk Mon 20thNew BrightonFloral Pavillion£18.50/£20.000151 666 0000www.floralpavilion.com Wed 22ndSouthamptonBrook£16.00/£18.0002380 555 366www.the-brook.com Thur 23rdBathKomedia £20.000845 293 8480www.komedia.co.uk Fri 24thLeamington SpaAssembly17.500844 8541358www.leamingtonassembly.com Sat 25thBilstonRobin£18.50/£20.0001902 401 211www.therobin.co.uk Sun 26thWavendonThe Stables£28.50 01908 280 800www.stables.org Mon 27thNorwichUEA£18.0001603 508 050www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk
All tickets are subject to bookings fee.
Doors open 7.00pm– Tavistock, Manchester, Islington, Brighton. Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Buxton & Norwich Doors open 7.30pm– Gloucester, Farnham, Holmfirth, Bath. Leamington Spa Show at 7.30pm– Manchester, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Buxton Show at 8.00pm– Tavistock, Gloucester, Islington, Brighton, Gateshead, Holmfirth, New Brighton, Bath, Wavendon Show at 8.30pm– Farnham