NEWS IN THE WORLD OF GENESIS - February 2006

February 26, 2006
Hackett Delays U.S. Release of Defector and Spectral Mornings Remasters

According to the official Steve Hackett site, the U.S. re-issues of the digitally remastered versions of Defector and Spectral Mornings have been delayed until April 4, 2006 "due to a scheduling error." No further information is available at this time.

February 26, 2006
Chester Thompson Appears on Ellis Hooks' Latest Album

Ellis Hooks' latest album, Godson of Soul (Evidence Music, catalog #: ECD-26132-2), features an appearance by Chester Thompson on drums. The album is in stores now and can be purchased by clicking here.   

February 26, 2006
Daryl Stuermer To Open For Rick Wakeman In June (Not March!)

Daryl Stuermer was to open for Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman on March 11th at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. According to the official Rick Wakeman site, this gig has been postponed until June 24, 2006. This has also been confirmed by the official site for the Pabst Theater.

February 26, 2006
Steve Hackett Makes An Appearance On New INKY Recording

Producer/Writer INKY has released a new acoustic track called "Balfour Street" featuring Annabel Lamb and Steve Hackett. All proceeds of the download will go to the HOPE for the Children Charity. Click here to purchase the download or click here for more information.

February 26, 2006
Limited Knebworth 1978 Box Set Featuring Genesis/Gabriel Released By Original Promoter

The promoters of the 1978 Knebworth Genesis and Peter Gabriel festivals have released a special 1978 Knebworth set in a limited edition of 200. The cost is £49.99, plus postage, and includes: programs, flyers and the tickets from 1978 the Genesis and Peter Gabriel Knebworth festivals, an original 1978 Gabriel Knebworth pass, a letter of authenticity, 12 photos from both festivals, a copy of There Must Be Some Other Way a 330-page book on the behind the scenes hassles of promoting the Knebworth festivals, a DVD of various Knebworth performances between 1974 and 1979 (including Genesis, Led Zeppelin, etc.). As an added bonus, the box will include free copies of Genesis live at Knebworth 1978 (2 CD-Rs) and Peter Gabriel live at Knebworth (1 CD-R). The entire contents mentioned is enclosed in a high quality turquoise and silver presentation box. For more information, you can contact the Wendy Bannister at info@rockmusicmemorabilia.com

February 16, 2006
Phil Collins Is Writing A Stage Show Based Upon Music From His Past

According to a recent article in Drowned In Sound, the inspiration of working on the Broadway version of Walt Disney's Tarzan has inspired Collins to write a stage show based upon the music from his own career. Collins is quoted as saying, "I really like the idea of my music playing in the West End nightly." More news on this when we get it!

February 16, 2006
Peter Gabriel To Receive The Frankfurt Music Prize

According to the official Peter Gabriel site, Peter Gabriel will be the recipient of the Frankfurt Music Prize on March 28, 2006. The Frankfurt Music Prize was founded in 1980, and it is awarded annually by the Trustees of the Frankfurt Music Prize Foundation on the occasion of the international Musikmesse in Frankfurt to personalities from the world of music for special achievements in the fields of interpretation, composition, musicology and teaching.

February 16, 2006
Gabriel's cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" Coming To CD? 

According to the official Peter Gabriel site, advance news of Peter's performance of "Imagine" could not be official leaked in advance for contractual reasons. The site further reports that the song was actually recorded in one day and the whole project was put together in just one week. As for whether this version of "Imagine" will ever surface on CD, the official site says "maybe one day." Unfortunately, knowing how long it takes to actually get a Peter Gabriel record, "one day" may be a very long time from now!

February 16, 2006
Update Announced On Anthony Phillips CD Reissues

According to the official Anthony Phillips site, work continues on the remasters of The Geese and The Ghost, 1984 and Wise After The Event. The first reissue will apparently be The Geese and The Ghost, which is currently being worked on. The official site posted previously that these reissues are expected to include a bonus disc with period demos, b-sides, and/or other rare material. The site now reports that most of these added tracks will be sourced from the original 4-track master tapes. More information on these remasters will be posted when more news is released. 

February 16, 2006
Hackett Master Tapes Surface On eBay - Auction Pulled Before Sale Is Allegedly Completed

Recently, two of Steve Hackett's original 2 inch multi-track AMPEX master tape reels surfaced on eBay, the on-line auction site. The reels featured songs from several of Hackett's early solo albums from his Virgin Records days, including "The Tower Struck Down", "Spectral Mornings", Air Conditioned Nightmare", "Clocks" and more. 

Ebay reported that "[the auction] was removed because the intellectual property rights owner notified eBay that the listing potentially infringes its copyright, trade mark or other rights." In other words, the auction must have been found by either the Legal Department at Virgin/EMI Records, Steve Hackett himself, or his management company. No further information is available, but one would assume that the sale has been thwarted, much in the way the on-line auction was halted for the Genesis Plays Jackson reel several years ago. Steve Hackett's management had no comment at the time of posting.


Two Pictures from The Auction

February 11, 2006
Peter Gabriel Performs "Imagine" At Opening Ceremony of 20th Olympic Games 

In Italy last night, as part of the massive opening ceremony for the 20th Olympic Games, Peter Gabriel performed John Lennon's "Imagine." The song was preceded by a reading and a call for peace by the late former Beatles' wife, Yoko Ono. An estimated two billion viewers saw the event. To read more about Friday's opening ceremony, check out articles by Stuff and The Miami Herald as well as the Torino 2006 website.

February 11, 2006
Hackett Announces Plans To Release Live Archive 83

Back on February 1st, the official Steve Hackett site announced plans to release Live Archive 83, which was Hackett's first acoustic tour. Scheduled for release on February 20th, this latest volume of his archive series largely consists of an incomplete bootleg recording of the show from November 4, 1983 at Edinburgh’s Queens Hall in the U.K. The ‘missing’ pieces are reinstated in the form of recordings from the show later that month at Swansea University. Among the rarer gems on this 18-track collection are "Concert For Munich", "A Cradle Of Swans" and the non-album track, "The Water Wheel." The album album is available for pre-order now! 

February 11, 2006
New Interview With Steve Hackett Now On-Line

Steve recently did a brief interview with Frets Magazine. Click here to read it!

February 11, 2006
Carrack Reschedules Milton Keynes Gig For March

According to the official Paul Carrack site, Paul's gig that was cancelled due at The Stables in Milton Keynes due to illness has been rescheduled for March 3, 2006.

February 11, 2006
New On Daryl Stuermer Progressive Album Revealed

Daryl Stuermer's management revealed that Daryl's new instrumental progressive rock album will be released by this summer. Stuermer has secured interest from a European record company in the project, so the album will most likely have distribution throughout Europe. In North America, the project will probably be available through his own label, Urban Island.

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