Guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett will be releasing his latest album The Night Siren on Mar. 24, 2017. Steve Hackett is an immensely talented and innovative musician and was the lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic line up which featured Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford. This version of the band produced several of the Genesis’ most acclaimed albums including Selling England by the Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. The Night Siren was created to be a wake-up call, a warning siren in this time of upheaval and division in the world. Steve discusses the new album in a brand new interview video above. Hackett announced yesterday he will be touring with an exciting new show called Genesis Revisited in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Genesis album Wind and Wuthering. Fan favorites “The Musical Box” as well as other Genesis songs which have never been performed before by Steve's band will be included in the set list in addition to the new material from The Night Siren.
“I'm excited by the imminent release of my new album, The Night Siren, which includes this track, "In The Skeleton Gallery." You know that ancient childhood night terror which creeps up on you in a dark moment when you're least expecting it...this track moves from a dream-like groove with a Middle Eastern tinged accompaniment through to a sinister march and on to an out-there nightmare ride, before the child's box of tricks reclaims it and the lid is finally closed,” said Steve about the song.
The Night Siren album highlights Steve’s guitar mastery. Joining Hackett are musicians from several different countries who he invited to join him in a celebration of multicultural diversity and unity. Steve has always made friends wherever he goes and in these times of uncertainty Hackett was inspired to bring more empathy and unity to the planet. His desire was to involve a wide-range of musical sounds, instruments, musicians and singers from all over the world.
While discussing his latest work Steve said, “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 defenses. To quote Plato, ‘When the music changes, the walls of the city shake’.”
The Night Siren will be released as a special edition CD/Blu-Ray Digipak which features 5.1 surround sound and the making of the documentary, a standard CD, and on Gatefold 2LP vinyl and CD with a digital download included as well. Digital pre-orders of the album are available from iTunes or Amazon. Pre-orders will receive the song “In The Skeleton Gallery” immediately upon purchase.
Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett 2017:
Feb. 24 - Reading, PA - Santander PAC
Feb. 25 - New York, NY - Playstation Theater
Feb. 26 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
Feb. 28 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live
March 1 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
March 2 - Oakville, Ontario, Canada - The Oakville Centre
March 3 - Buffalo, NY - Kleinhans Music Hall