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Steve Hackett announces six-date Genesis Revisited UK tour with 41-piece orchestra

Story by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING last year‘’s sell-out Genesis Revisited tour, prog icon and former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has announced a six-date UK tour in October 2018.

Treating fans to many favourite Genesis and Hackett numbers, this time Steve and his band will be accompanied by a 41-piece orchestra.

The decision to undertake this tour was cemented following the critical success of last year’‘s one-off US performance of the Genesis Revisited music with his band and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the charismatic Bradley Thachuk.

It went down a storm with the audience and sounded amazing, with the orchestra adding even more texture and colour to these classic tracks, prompting Steve to want to perform more shows in this way.

Such was the gusto and verve brought to the performance by conductor, Bradley Thachuk that he will fly over to the UK to conduct the October shows.

Steve commented: “I always hoped that the Genesis music would one day involve an orchestra and I’m proud to say I’ll now be able to make that dream a reality on my next British tour, involving my own extraordinary rock band alongside a full-sized orchestra.”

The show will feature some of Genesis’ best-loved songs, including Supper’s Ready, Dancing With The Moonlit Knight, Firth of Fifth and more. Steve will not be neglecting his remarkable solo repertoire and there will be tracks included such as Shadow of the Hierophant, El Niño and The Steppes.

The UK dates are as follows (all October 2018)

1 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
3 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
4 – London Royal Festival Hall
5 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
7 – Gateshead The Sage 1
8 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Tickets, which go on sale on Friday, January 26, are available from venue box offices.

Joining Steve on the tour are his regular musicians Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes) with Nad Sylvan on vocals. They will be joined on this tour by Jonas Reingold from The Flower Kings on bass.