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STEVE HACKETT – launches video for "Behind The Smoke"

Guitar virtuoso and rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis), is set to release his latest album ‘The Night Siren’ on 24th March 2017 through InsideOut Music (Sony).  As implied in the title, ‘The Night Siren’ is a wake-up call… the warning of a siren sounding in this era of strife and division.

Today sees the release of a brand new video for the album’s opening track ‘Behind The Smoke’, which you can see now here:

Steve comments: “I'm thrilled with this video for the track 'Behind the Smoke' from my new album The Night Siren. Director Ivan and the I-Code team have created an extraordinary film here resembling an epic movie! It perfectly matches the song, which laments the predicament of refugees throughout the ages. More compassion is needed in this world for those escaping persecution and death.”

Steve Hackett discusses the new album in detail in an interview video which you can find here:

Listen to the previous track ‘In The Skeleton Gallery’ here:

Steve had this to say about the song: “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...”

Hackett returns to the UK with an exciting new show for a 15-date tour in April and May: Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett.  Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Genesis album Wind and Wuthering, Steve and his band will be performing several tracks from the album as well as fan favourites such as ‘The Musical Box’ plus other Genesis numbers never performed before by Steve's band including ‘Inside & Out,’  ‘One For The Vine’ and ‘Anyway’ as well as material from The Night Siren.

The Night Siren showcases Steve’s incredible guitar playing as strongly as ever, along with regular Hackett collaborators and also musicians from several different countries who Steve invited to join him in celebrating multicultural diversity and unity. This includes singers from Israel and Palestine, who both actively 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 is widely travelled, making friends everywhere he goes and has always embraced multicultural diversity.  In these times of unrest, he has been inspired 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.

Talking about his latest work, Steve 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’.”

The musical journey takes us from ‘Behind the Smoke’, focusing on the plight of refugees throughout the ages, to the penultimate track ‘West to East’ which reflects on the damage of war and the hope for a better world. From personal to universal, the themes celebrate the life force, breaking free from chains of repression.

‘The Night Siren’ will be available as a special edition CD/Blu-Ray Mediabook featuring 5.1 surround sound & making of documentary, Standard jewelcase CD, Gatefold 2LP vinyl + CD & digital download. Pre-order the album digitally from iTunes or Amazon and receive the track ‘In The Skeleton Gallery’ immediately:

01. Behind The Smoke

02. Martian Sea

03. Fifty Miles from the North Pole

04. El Niño

05. Other Side of the Wall

06. Anything But Love

07. Inca Terra

08. In Another Life

09. In The Skeleton Gallery

10. West to East

11. The Gift

The album features: Steve Hackett (guitar & vocals), Roger King (keyboards & programming), Nad Sylvan (vocals on Inca Terra), Rob Townsend (all things wind), Amanda Lehmann (vocals), Gary O'Toole (drums), and Benedict Fenner (additional keyboards & programming). Also featured are singers Kobi Farhi 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 who add 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 is returning with an exciting new show Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett for both UK/European & US tour dates. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Genesis album ‘Wind and Wuthering’, Steve and his band will be performing 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’ and ‘Anyway’ as well as material from ‘The Night Siren’.

Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett 2017

23rd March – Gran Teatre De Liceu, Barcelona, Spain

24th March – Kursaal, Sala de Camara, San Sebastian, Spain

26th March – Trianon, Paris, France

27th March – Kulturfabrik Kofmehl, Solothurm, Switzerland

29th March – Teatro Colosseo, Torino, Italy

30th March – Teatro Galleria, Legnano, Italy

31st March – Teatro Astro, Schia, Italy

1st April – Teatro della Conciliazione, Rome, Italy

3rd April – Posthalle, Wurzburg, Germany

4th April – Capitol, Offenbach, Germany

5th April – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark

7th April – Union Scene, Drammen, Norway

8th April – Nalen, Stockholm, Sweden

10th April – Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany

11th April – Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany

12th April – Ruhr Congress, Bochum, Germany

13th April – Haus Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

15th April – Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

16th April - Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

26th April – Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland

28th April – St David’s Hall, Cardiff, UK

30th April – Hexagon, Reading, UK

1st May – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK

3rd May – City Hall, Sheffield, UK

4th May – Colston Hall, Bristol, UK

5th May – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK

7th May – Philharmonic, Liverpool, UK

8th May – Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK

10th May – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, UK

11th May – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK

13th May – New Theatre, Oxford, UK

14th May – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK

16th May – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK

17th May – Sage, Gateshead, UK

19th May – Palladium, London, UK


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