February 2009

February 25, 2009
New Exclusive Interview With Steve Hackett Now On-Line!

World of'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... click here!

February 23, 2009

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.

February 13, 2009
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."

February 12, 2009

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.

February 12, 2009
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 winners click here. Will WALL-E win an Oscar, too? Stay tuned...

February 12, 2009
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.

February 12, 2009
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!

February 8, 2009
New Interviews Coming Soon To World of

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 soon!

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.

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