Steve Hackett to appear with fellow Genesis alum Ray Wilson on select European dates

Steve Hackett confirmed in an online Q&A this week that fellow Genesis alum Ray Wilson will join him on select European dates as the guitarist tours behind his new release Genesis Revisited II.

Through both are members of the Genesis fraternity, their stints did not overlap.

Hackett was the group’s guitarist from 1971-77, a period that includes the end of the Peter Gabriel years and the beginnings of Phil Collins’ time as singer. Wilson, meanwhile, fronted a Collins-less edition of Genesis from 1996-99. Together, the produced 1997′s Calling All Stations, which appears to be the final studio effort for Genesis.

The band later toured as a trio with Tony Banks, Collins and Mike Rutherford, but has made no mention of recording together again. Collins has since retired from music.

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Wilson had first mentioned the possibility of joining Hackett’s tour during a November stop at Worpswede, Germany. A list of concert dates at GenesisNews.com indicates that Wilson would so far be part of shows on May 2, 2013 in Munich and on May 14 at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

Hackett hasn’t performed on stage with Genesis since 1982; his last studio work with them was in 1999. But he’s twice now issued album-length examinations of their music, both featuring special guests like John Wetton, Paul Carrack, Steve Wilson and Neal Morse.

Wilson is also touring with his own tandem Genesis-related show in 2013. He has previously released Genesis Classic, a double CD/DVD package recorded in Poland on December 18, 2010; and Genesis Klassik, a 12-song set for Radio Berlin that included “Not About Us” from Calling All Stations, as well as familiar Genesis cuts like “Carpet Crawlers,” “That’s All,” and “No Son of Mine,” among others.

Hackett has addressed the idea of collaborating with Wilson before, telling GenesisNews.com in 2011: “It is long overdue that I spent some time with him. … I think he’s very good and has got a very good voice.”

Genesis began with Gabriel, original guitarist Anthony Phillips, Banks and Rutherford, a lineup that lasted from 1967-70. Hackett and Collins then joined in 1971, as Phillips left. Gabriel departed in 1975, and Hackett followed in ’77. Collins originally quit in 1996. Wilson replaced him, and sang with Genesis through 1999.

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  • George McAlney

    Wilson? Wow Steve Hackett must have lost his marbles! Wilson was but a carbuncle on the face of Genesis: a man without style, taste, or talent.