British virtuoso guitarist, singer and songwriter Steve Hackett is a musician’s musician. While Hackett’s musical realm is limitless, he is widely renowned for his intricate progressive and classical rock guitar stylings and composition with Genesis. But over the years, Steve Hackett has affectionately embraced numerous musical genres while brilliantly composing, arranging, and recording track after track of pristine musical enchantment.
In 1971, Steve Hackett made his studio debut with Genesis on the album Nursery Cryme. The classic lineup became Peter Gabriel (Lead singer), Steve Hackett (Guitarist), Tony Banks (Keyboardist), Mike Rutherford (Bass guitar), and Phil Collins (Drums). Genesis became touted for their intricate musical arrangements and instrumentation along with frontman Peter Gabriel’s raconteur theatrical stage antics. During this time Hackett became an early pioneer for an electric guitar technique called “tapping” which is more commonly used on instruments like the Chapman Stick.
The Peter Gabriel Genesis era released albums…From Genesis to Revelation (1969), Trespass (1970), Nursery Cryme (1971), Foxtrot (1972), Selling England by the Pound (1973), The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974).
In 1975, Peter Gabriel left Genesis to pursue a solo career. After auditioning hundreds of singers to replace Gabriel, it was decided to promote Phil Collins to the new lead singer role. Genesis had been perceived as Peter Gabriel’s band by many of their fans until the release of the critically-acclaimed … A Trick of the Tail album in 1976. The release featured an incredible musical accord between bandmates and became a masterpiece. Later that year … A Trick of the Tail was succeeded by the Wind & Wuthering album, another exceptional effort by Genesis.
After the Wind & Wuthering album Steve Hackett departed Genesis. Some of Steve Hackett’s magical and memorable moments with Genesis include legendary performances on the tracks… “Horizons,” “Blood on the Rooftops,” “Firth of Fifth” and “Fountain of Salmacis.”
The Phil Collins Genesis era with Steve Hackett released albums…A Trick of the Tail (1976), Wind & Wuthering (1976), Genesis -Spot the Pigeon (EP) (1977).
In 1985, Steve Hackett and Steve Howe (Yes, Asia) united to form GTR. The band released their self-titled debut album in 1986 produced by Geoff Downes. The release spawned the hit “When the Heart Rules the Mind” reaching #14 on Billboards’ Hot 100 Singles Chart. GTR disbanded in 1987.
Since 1975, Steve Hackett has expeditiously released more than (25) inspired solo studio albums.
On March 15th of 2010, Steve Hackett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis. He joined Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford onstage but did not perform.
In 2012, Steve Hackett joined forces with YES legend Chris Squire and formed Squackett. Their debut release entitled … A Life Within a Day received rave reviews.
Earlier this year Hackett released his latest solo album entitled Wolflight. The album debuted at number 31 on the UK album charts.
Most recently Esoteric Recordings announced the official release of a 2 disc deluxe edition of GTR, the self-titled 1986 album by Steve Hackett and Steve Howe’s band GTR. This edition has been newly re-mastered and is presented here with the addition of a bonus 14-track CD of GTR live in Los Angeles in July 1986. There are also three bonus tracks taken from promotional 12-inch singles of ‘When the Heart Rules the Mind’ & ‘The Hunter,’ two of which appear on CD for the first time.
GENESIS REVISITED US/CANADA 2015 TOUR
11 November - The Space at Westbury, Westbury, NY
12 November - Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY
13 November - Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC
14 November - FM Kirby Center, Wilkes Barre, PA,
15 November - The Newton Theatre, NJ
18 November - Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE
19 November - Lynn Auditorium, Lynn, MA
20 November - Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
21 November - Scottish Rite Auditorium, Collingswood, NJ
22 November - The Warehouse, Fairfield, CT
23 November - Count Basie Theatre, NJ
26 November - Academy Theatre, Lindsay, ON
27 November - Academy Theatre, Lindsay, ON
28 November - RBC Theatre Budweiser Gardens, London, ON
30 November - Oakville Centre, Oakville, ON
1 December 2015 - Oakville, ON, Canada
3 December 2015 - North Tonowanda, NY, USA - Steve Hackett Acolyte to Wolflight
Thursday 3 December - Riviera Theatre, North Tonowanda, NY, USA
4 December 2015 - Northfield, OH, USA
5 December 2015 - Munhall, PA, USA
Saturday 5 December - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead, Munhall, PA, USA
9 December 2015 - Milwaukee, WI, USA - Steve Hackett Acolyte to Wolflight
Wednesday 9 December - South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI, USA
10 December 2015 - St. Charles, IL, USA - Steve Hackett Acolyte to Wolflight
Thursday 10 December - Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL, USA
11 December 2015 - Chicago, IL, USA - Steve Hackett Acolyte to Wolflight
Friday December - The Portage Theater, Chicago, IL, USA