New Exclusive Interview
With Steve Hackett Now On-Line!
World of Genesis.com's Dave Negrin recently had an opportunity to chat with
Steve Hackett about
his new official website, his forthcoming album with Yes bass player
Chris Squire, his plans for a 2009 tour, his thoughts on the new Genesis
1970-1975 box set, and much more! Be sure to check it out...
WALL-E Wins Best
Animated Picture, but Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman Go Home Oscar-less
Walt Disney/Pixar's WALL-E won an Oscar at the 81st annual Academy
Awards last night for Best Animated Picture, but Peter Gabriel and Thomas
Newman unfortunately did not win in their respective categories for the
soundtrack. WALL-E is available now on
single disc DVD,
three disc DVD special edition (with digital copy),
three disc special edition Blu-Ray (with digital copy), and, of course,
the acclaimed Peter Gabriel/Thomas Newman
CD soundtrack is available, too.
Peter Gabriel Declines
Opportunity To Perform At Academy Awards Over New Format
Reportedly, Peter Gabriel has written a letter to the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences notifying them that he will not be performing his
nominated song "Down To Earth" as part of the Academy Awards show this year.
Gabriel has allegedly stated that the new format, which performs all of the
nominated songs in a single medley, doesn't allow enough time to pay proper
respect to the song writers and performers, with Gabriel's excerpt of that
medley allegedly being approximately 65 seconds.
Peter Gabriel's full letter to the Academy reads as follows:
"I was delighted when "Down to Earth" was
nominated for an Oscar. I was also pleased to have been asked to perform the
song in the Oscar ceremony. However, in recent discussions with the
Producers, it became clear that despite there being only three nominees,
only 60-65 seconds was being offered, and that was also in a medley of the
three songs. I don't feel that is sufficient time to do the song justice,
and have decided to withdraw from performing.
I fully respect and look forward to the
Producers' right to revamp the show. Even though song writers are small
players in the film making process, they are just as committed and work just
as hard as the rest of the team and I regret that this new version of the
ceremony is being created, in part, at their expense."
I still very much look forward to
attending the ceremony."
EMI In Europe To Release
CD Only Versions of 1970-1975 studio albums
On Monday, March 23, 2009 in Europe, EMI/Virgin Records will release
Trespass, Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England by
the Pound, and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway as CD-only remixed
stereo remasters. Like the previous to batches of CD only reissues in
Europe, these titles will not include 5.1 surround sound and will not have a
bonus DVD included. Also like previous reissues, the bonus disc of rare
tracks available in the complete Genesis
1970-1975 box set will not be included in the individual
re-releases. Pre-orders should be available shortly.
Peter Gabriel Wins Two
Grammy Awards For Work on WALL-E
While Peter Gabriel, who turns 59 years old this week, did not get to
perform at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, he did walk away with two awards
for his work on the Walt Disney/Pixar soundtrack collaboration with Thomas
Newman for the film
WALL-E. The film took home honors for "Define Dancing" (Best
Instrumental Arrangement) and "Down To Earth" (Best Song Written For Motion
Picture, Television, or Other Media). Congratulations to Peter Gabriel and
Thomas Newman on this achievement! For a complete list of 2009 Grammy Award
click here. Will WALL-E win an Oscar, too? Stay tuned...
Paul Carrack Cancels and
Reschedules Gigs on European Tour
There have been several shows that were cancelled or postponed on Paul
Carrack's 2009 European tour due to a number of issues, including Paul's
recent bout with illness. If you have tickets to an upcoming show, you might
want to check out the official Paul
Carrack site to get the latest information on the tour.
Steve Hackett Starting To
Book Shows For 2009 Tour
On the newly revamped official Steve
Hackett site, you can see tickets are now available for a few select
shows in Europe this year. I suspect we will start to see many more dates in
the coming months - stay tuned!
New Interviews Coming Soon
To World of Genesis.com
At the end of February, World of Genesis will be doing a couple of new
interviews which should surface sometime in March (along with maybe an older
one I've been meaning to transcribe!). I've learned that making detailed
announcements too early is a complete jinx, so I will keep you guess for a
bit longer until details are confirmed. Stay tuned for more information
February 8, 2009
Update on Forthcoming
Genesis Live Box Set
As mentioned last month, Nick Davis, Genesis' long-time producer, confirmed
that he is working on the remixes for a Genesis Live box set (or box sets)
with newly remixed stereo and 5.1 surround sound with bonus tracks.
Recently, Nick updated fans on the
official Genesis site's forum by sharing that the remixing of Seconds
Out should be done sometime next week. We also know from last year that
the remixes in 5.1 were completed for Live Over Europe when the album
was initially mixed for stereo only release. An unfortunate update that was
shared was that the multi-track master tapes for Genesis Live appear
to be missing. Hopefully, they will be located soon.