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Ex-Genesis guitarist's new show tours the UK
Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett is returning to the stage with a new show, Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett. The 15-date UK tour includes a gig at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on May 1, 2017.

Steve Hackett, Genesis, The Night Siren, Birmingham Symphony Hall
Stage return: Steve Hackett (pic: Martin Christgau/ Bettina Dorr)

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Genesis LP, Wind and Wuthering, Steve and his band will perform several tracks from the album as well as fan favourites such as The Musical Box and other Genesis numbers never performed before by Steve's band including Inside & Out, One For The Vine and Anyway.

Also featured will be material from The Night Siren, Steve's new album which is released on March 24.

The Night Siren showcases Steve's guitar playing alongside regular Hackett collaborators plus musicians from several different countries who were invited to join Steve in celebrating multicultural diversity and unity. They include Israeli and Palestinian singers who campaign to bring Jewish and Arabic people together. There are also instrumentals from the USA and Iraq and 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.

Steve Hackett, Genesis, The Night Siren, Birmingham Symphony Hall

Steve, who has always embraced multicultural diversity, was inspired to use the album to express his belief that the world needs more empathy and unity. His 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.

He 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'."

Steve Hackett, Genesis, The Night Siren, Birmingham Symphony Hall

Alongside Steve on the album are Roger King and Benedict Fenner (keyboards & programming), Nad Sylvan (vocals on Inca Terra), Rob Townsend (wind instruments), Amanda Lehmann (vocals) and Gary O'Toole (drums). Also featured are singers Kobi and Mira (Israeli and Palestinian), Nick D'Virgilio (drums) from the USA, Malik Mansurov (Tar) from Azerbaijan & Gulli Breim (drums & percussion) from Iceland. Additional musicians adding to the rich flavour of the album are Christine Townsend (violin & viola), Dick Driver (double bass), Troy Donockley (Celtic uilleann) and Leslie Bennett (keyboards on The Gift).

Steve Hackett, Genesis, The Night Siren, Birmingham Symphony Hall
Rich flavour: Steve Hackett and Nad Sylvan(pic: Martin Christgau/ Bettina Dorr)

Steve was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford line-up, producing several of the band's most acclaimed albums including Selling England by the Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.

Steve Hackett's 2017 UK tour dates:

April 26: Vicar Street, Dublin;
April 28: St. David's Hall, Cardiff;
April 30: Hexagon, Reading;
May 1: Symphony Hall, Birmingham;
May 3: City Hall, Sheffield;
May 4: Colston Hall, Bristol;
May 5: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester;
May 7: Philharmonic, Liverpool;
May 8: Guildhall, Portsmouth;
May 10: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend;
May 11: Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham;
May 13: New Theatre, Oxford;
May 14: Corn Exchange, Cambridge;
May 16: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow;
May 17: Sage, Gateshead;
May 19: Palladium, London.

Steve Hackett, Genesis, The Night Siren, Birmingham Symphony Hall
On the road again: Steve Hackett (pic: Tina Korhornen)
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Why? Guitarist celebrates music of Genesis
When: Touring from April 26 till May 19, 2017
Phone: 0121 780 3333
Where: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and touring
Cost: ​32.50/ 30.50
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