‘I am really looking forward to it': Steve Hackett prepares for gala Genesis Revisited II tour

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Steve Hackett is following up his well-received Genesis Revisited II project with a tour focusing on his former band’s 1971-77 repertoire, including classics like “Supper’s Ready,” “The Musical Box” and “Firth of Fifth.”

The tour, which will include Nad Sylvan and late-period Genesis frontman Ray Wilson among its vocalists, will begin in the U.S. in early March and then continue into the UK in May 2013. Go to Hackett’s official web site for updates: http://hackettsongs.com/tour.html.

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Hackett says fans can expect a production that’s far more elaborate than his more recent solo jaunts.

“In recent years, I’ve been pretty purist about it,” Hackett says in a new interview with Storm FM Bangor. “I’ve gone out with a band who are usually very well drilled, and I’ve either done electric shows or acoustic shows. I haven’t placed overly an emphasis on presentation, in terms of all the bells and whistles — but I’m doing it with this. So there are screens, there are lights.”

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In many ways, the guitar-playing legends adds, that reflects the way Genesis once did it.

“I really pushed Genesis to do that in the very early days,” Hackett says. “I was mad keen on using light shows and Mellotrons, and of course those are archaic concepts now. You’re talking about antique synthesizers, there. This time around, we’ll have the screens — but they’ll be LEDs, so there won’t be a problem about being able to see them. We can show bits of film, and images and what have you. So I am really looking forward to it.”

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