Steve Hackett Honoured By Prog Rocks!
Steve Hackett picked up yet more honours for last year’s Genesis Revisited II album when it was voted THE album of last year’s Prog Rocks! campaign, the successful retail venture betweem EMI, InsideOut Records and Prog magazine.
At a dignified ceremony at EMI Records in Kensington, London, Hackett was awarded the presentation disc by EMI’s David Rowe in front of a small crowd including Steve’s wife Jo and members of Prog magazine, EMI and InsideOut Records, having had Genesis Revisited II voted the most popular album in the 2012 Prog Rocks! campaign, online at progrocks.co.uk.
“It’s very flattering to know that when you become involved in a project like this, your belief in the music is vindicated,” Hackett told Prog. “It’s great that there is a new audience out there who are equally ready to accept and enjoy this kind of thing.”
Hackett is currently in the process of finalising details of the forthcoming Genesis Revisited World Tour. “I’ve just got to the point where I think I’m ready with about three and a quarter hours of music,” he says. “It was a bit panic stations for a while, wondering whether I’d be able to remember all the material, but we’re pretty much there.”
Agents Of Mercy singer Nads Sylvan will join regular Hackett touring partners Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums), Rob Townsend (sax) and Lee Pomeroy (bass) on the tour, which sees Hackett already having sold out London’s Hammersmith Odeon on 10 May and also appearing at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 24 October.
“We’ve got some special guests lined up for the early part of the tour,” reveals Hackett, who worked with the likes of Steven Wilson, Mikael Akerfeldt, Conrad Keely, Jakko Jakszyk, John Wetton, Nik Kershaw, Steve Rothery and more on Genesis Revisited II. “And we’re now starting to think about what we do later. It’s going to be a much bigger presentation than I’ve had before, with LED screens and things.”
In the meantime, a raft of Hackett albums are about to be reissued on Inside Out. The original Genesis Revisited (1996) is to be reissued, as well as Till We Have Faces (1984), Guitar Noir (1993), Darktown (1999), Feedback 86 (2000), To Watch The Storms (2003) and Wild Orchids (2006) will all be released through the label on 25 February.