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3rd July 2016

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Ground-breaking prog guitarist Steve Hackett recently announced the release of his acclaimed 'Acolyte To Wolflight With Genesis Revisited Tour' as 2CD/2DVD deluxe package and standalone Blu-Ray. 'The Total Experience Live In Liverpool' is out now and you can win one of two copies of this wonderful release in our exclusive competition simply by answering tbe question below.

Steve enthusiastically told us: "When Inside Out told me that I could film a gig on the British leg of the 2015 tour for release, I thought that we should do it away from London and I felt doing it in Liverpool had a certain ring to it. This is an extraordinary city and the Philharmonic Hall is an extraordinary venue.

"Besides, it's not as if Liverpool is known for having any good music – there's never been a good band from there. Ha! We played there a few times in the 70s, and the fans have always been very good to me there. And as a huge Beatles fan, I also know the landmarks there, such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. I have been on the Magical Mystery Tour. So, the city means a lot to me from that point of view as well. The Beatles set the benchmark for all of us who have followed; we take our imagination from them."

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of his first solo album 'Voyage Of The Acolyte' and following his latest 'Wolflight', the 'Acolyte To Wolflight with Genesis Revisited' tour was Steve's effort to represent the many chapters of his career. Featuring two sets - one highlighting his solo work, the second paying tribute to Genesis - the two hour performance was greeted with enthusiasm by both fans and critics.

steve hackett

"It wasn't an easy job to decide what to include, but I think there was a good balance between old and new," said Steve. "What I have always born in mind when choosing the songs is what they mean to the fans. Time has a way of turning them into an emotional calendar for people.

"These songs take on an importance and become part of their lives. So, when I do them live, authenticity is important. I am aware that what I have to do is find a connection between nostalgia and what things can sound like in a contemporary setting."

A multi-camera shoot, the recording was done with no prior rehearsals, but Hackett had every confidence in the people he was working with and what you hear in the mix is exactly what the band sounded like on the night with no extensive 'fixing' in the studio, as live should be.

'The Total Experience Live In Liverpool' will be available as double CD plus double DVD digipak, separate Blu-Ray edition as well as digital album including the two audio CDs.

steve hackett

We have two copies of 'The Total Experience Live In Liverpool' double CD/DVD set and to win yourself one, simply answer the question below.

Which instrumental track did Steve Hackett record for the 1983 album 'Highly Strung'?

A) Binge & Hackett
B) Hackett Potato
C) Hackett To Pieces
D) Crisp Hackett

Two winners will be picked by our computerised random generator. Competition closes at midnight 31st July 2016.



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