Steve Hackett to celebrate early Genesis with special concert, also announces benefit single

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Steve Hackett, who’s in the midst of the second UK leg of his Breaking Waves Tour, has announced a one-night event where he will celebrate his stint as a member of Genesis.

Called “Past and Present,” the concert will be held on Sunday, May 20, at the Islington Assembly Hall in London. Hackett will also present songs from his initial solo album, as well as select cuts from his most recent projects — Out of the Tunnel’s Mouth and Beyond the Shrouded Horizon.

[SOMETHING ELSE! PREVIEW: Preview the upcoming Squackett album, as we dig into the ‘Sea of Smiles/Perfect Love Song” advance single released for Record Store Day 2012!]

To coincide with this special London show, Hackett will release a double-sided benefit single, “Til These Eyes/Enter The Night,” on May 21. A portion of the sales revenues will go to Childline Rocks, an outreach program of England’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Hackett was a member of Genesis from 1971’s Nursery Cryme through 1977’s Wind and Wuthering, a period that covers the Peter Gabriel-led era through the beginning of Phil Collins’ tenure as frontman. He’s since crafted an interesting solo career, moving fluidly from progressive rock to classical then back again, and was also part of the mid-1980s supergroup GTR (known for the No. 14-hit “When the Heart Rules the Mind”) with Yes guitarist Steve Howe. Up next for Hackett: a collaboration with another Yes member, co-founder Chris Squire — to be called Squackett.

Here’s a look back at our recent thoughts on Steve Hackett and Genesis. Click through the titles for complete reviews …

SOMETHING ELSE! INTERVIEW: GUITARIST STEVE HACKETT, FORMERLY OF GENESIS: Hackett, who still nurtures a lasting affinity for classical music, has leapt headlong back into prog rock — putting the finishing touches on a collaboration with Yes co-founder Chris Squire, even as he begins work on an album that will reexamine his celebrated tenure as guitarist with Genesis. Hackett went in depth on the new project with Squire, the guitarist’s celebrated tenure with Genesis, and the sweeping impact of J.S. Bach on his playing style.

GENESIS – SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND (1973): There’s music I like, music I love, and then there’s music that literally gives me goosebumps. The list of music that falls into the goosebump category is a rather short one: No matter how many times I hear Steve Hackett’s guitar solo on “Firth of Fifth,” the hairs on my arm stand on end and I find myself moved nearly to tears by the emotive beauty of his guitar-tistry.

ONE TRACK MIND: STEVE HACKETT ON “FIRTH OF FIFTH,” “WHEN THE HEART RULES THE MIND,” OTHERS: Hackett, who’s readying a new collaboration with Yes co-founder Chris Squire, talks about how joining Genesis spurred him to a series of memorable inventions on his instrument. And how one of these pioneering moments would one day help create a signature part of Eddie Van Halen’s high-flying solo sound. We also go inside the brief and stormy collaboration with Steve Howe in the mid-1980s called GTR, and Hackett’s genre-busting return to prog rock in 2009.

GENESIS – A TRICK OF THE TAIL (1976): The era immediately following Peter Gabriel’s departure contains some of Genesis’ best music. While Gabriel was a creative force for the band, I’ve always preferred Phil Collins vocals even while I missed the progressive leanings of the band after their turn to a pop-oriented sound following Steve Hackett’s departure. “Ripples” from this album would be one of the last, best examples: Collins’ vocal delivery is haunting and powerful. Hackett’s guitar playing is brilliantly emotive as always. And Banks piano work on this song, I’d argue, is some of the best he ever did for Genesis.

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