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3rd February 2017

steve hackett

Steve Hackett has released the first song from his forthcoming new album, 'The Night Siren'. It's called 'The Skeleton Gallery' and here it is.

'The Night Siren' is released on 24th March 2017 through InsideOut Music (Sony) and 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.

The album 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 and 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 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 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).

Full Track Listing:

1. Behind The Smoke
2. Martian Sea
3. Fifty Miles From The North Pole
4. El Niño
5. Other Side Of The Wall
6. Anything But Love
7. Inca Terra
8. In Another Life
9. In The Skeleton Gallery
10. West To East

Steve Hackett is returning with an exciting new show Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett for a 15-date UK tour in April 2017. 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', 'One For The Vine' and 'Anyway' as well as material from 'The Night Siren'.

Tickets available right here. Steve onstage at 7.30pm.

Wednesday 26th April: Dublin, Vicar Street
Friday 28th April: Cardiff, St. David's Hall
Sunday 30th April: Reading, Hexagon
Monday 1st May: Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Wednesday 3rd May: Sheffield, City Hall
Thursday 4th May: Bristol, Colston Hall
Friday 5th May: Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Sunday 7th May: Liverpool, Philharmonic
Monday 8th May: Portsmouth, Guildhall
Wednesday 10th May: Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
Thursday 11th May: Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
Saturday 13th May: Oxford, New Theatre
Sunday 14th May: Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Tuesday 16th May: Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Wednesday 17th May: Sage, Gateshead
Friday 19th May: London, Palladium


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