March 20, 2010
Daryl Stuermer Confirms Plans to Release Live Album; New Solo Album To Follow

At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in New York, Daryl Stuermer confirmed for me that he intends to release a live album later this year. At the present time, he was uncertain whether the focus of the live album would be his own solo work or would include Martin Levac as part of his Genesis Rewired project. More information is anticipated shortly. Daryl also confirmed that he intends to release a new solo album at some point in the future. The new studio album will have more of a progressive rock focus, much like his last studio album, 2007's Go.

You can check out Daryl's scheduled 2010 Genesis Rewired tour dates here.

March 20, 2010

Steve Hackett Signs with New Management Company For North American Tour; Out of The Tunnel's Mouth N.A. Release

As confirmed by Steve Hackett when I saw him last Monday in New York, he has signed with Entourage Talent Associates for his up-coming North American 2010 tour. Steve will be doing some solo tour U.S. dates along with some additional shows with the progressive rock band Renaissance. Only select dates have been confirmed, including: NEARFest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on June 18th; Westhampton Beach, New York on June 20th; The River to River Festival in New York City on June 23rd; and Montreal, Canada on July 9th. More dates and details are anticipated shortly for the June/July North American leg of the tour. Stay tuned for more information soon!

Also of note, Steve revealed that the North American distribution of his latest studio album, Out of the Tunnel's Mouth, appears to be on track for an early June release. Steve shared with me that Out of The Tunnel's Mouth will also get a "special edition" release with several live bonus tracks including some covers of Genesis material as well as live cuts with an appearance by Djabe.

March 20, 2010
New Interview With Tony Banks, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford On-Line

In a new interview with Spinner, Tony Banks, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford talk about Genesis' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Check it out!

March 20, 2010
The 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Revisited...
With the help of Genesis' management, World of was indeed able to get exclusive access to Genesis and its members at the March 15, 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Awards in New York City earlier this week. In the coming weeks, we will be posting exclusive interviews recorded at the event, Genesis' press conference just moments after receiving the award, and much more. Stay tuned for details soon!

I would like to extend special thanks to Annie Callingham, TSPM, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for assisting in this amazing access to this historical event in Genesis' history!


March 13, 2010
Bob Babbitt Reports On Forthcoming Phil Collins Motown Project

On the forum on the Bob Babbitt website, we learn some new things about the forthcoming Motown tribute project Phil Collins has been working on. First, on January 11th, the Funk Brothers (Bob Babbitt, Eddie Willis and Ray Monette) joined the project, and by Wednesday, January 20th, they finished the overdubs for 25 tracks for the album.

Bob Babbitt cited that Phil's drumming on the album is great despite his recent surgery (and press reports that he could no longer play). The week of February 9th they added strings and began the final mixes of the album. According to Babbitt, the album should be released "by the end of the summer" (although other reports say that it will be out in the early fall which is a peak season for releases given the big holiday season in December). A couple of showcases are anticipated to be filmed (in Europe and in the USA) in May/June.

For those unfamiliar with Bob, he's played bass on songs by Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Edwin Starr, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight and countless other R&B legends.

Collins (top row, third from left) in the studio
in Switzerland recording his new album

March 13, 2010
Goldmine Magazine Salutes Genesis on Hall of Fame Induction

Goldmine Magazine has written a feature article on Genesis' induction into the Hall of Fame. There are no real revelations in the article, but if you'd like to read it, click here.

March 13, 2010

WOG Lies Down On Broadway

Well, with the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday in New York, I will soon be taking to the road to see if I can provide you all with some inside access to the event (to be posted later in the week). With camera and digital voice recorder in hand, I will see if I can bring you a little closer to this historical event. Stay tuned for details next week!

March 8, 2010
Steve Hackett Confirms 2010 North American Tour and Much More!

Steve Hackett confirmed in a recent e-mail that he will be performing with Djabe in April and May; he is planning a North American tour in June and July; his independent release of his latest studio album, Out of the Tunnel's Mouth, will be released through Inside Out Records in North America and Europe in late spring; and he's finishing up the final tracks for his forthcoming studio album with Yes bassist Chris Squire. It sounds like a very busy time for Steve Hackett! Oh yes, and of course there's that Genesis Hall of Fame induction next week in New York!

March 8, 2010
Tony Banks Implies That Genesis May, Indeed, Be Done

In a recent interview, Tony Banks was asked whether the five remixed and remastered box sets and the band's 2007 Turn It On Again Tour signaled the end of the band's career. Tony Banks replied, "I sort of think it is in some ways, isn't it? But that would never stop you from doing it again if something comes up. And I think the box sets, to me, were the things I really enjoyed doing because. . . for the chance to go over the old material and make it sound, y'know, as good as we possibly could, I felt. As far as everything else, the playing is something that could always be done at any time. I can't see us ever doing any writing together again. But in terms of doing it again -- it's always a possibility. We're all getting on a bit now. I'm 60 in a few weeks time. I know Mick Jagger's out there -- but even so."

March 6, 2010
Anthony Phillips' 2010 Expanded 2-CD Remaster of Sides Available For Pre-Order!

You can now pre-order the expanded 2-CD remaster of Anthony Phillips classic Sides album.  The album has been remastered from the original master tapes by Simon Heyworth and includes the extra non-album track "Souvenir" on CD1. CD2 has variations and alternate mixes including unique new mixes made from the original multi-track masters especially for this release. The edited single version of "Um & Aargh" (previously unavailable on CD) is also added.

Originally released in April 1979 Sides was Anthony Phillips' response to late 70's New Wave written to keep him nearer to the commercial end of the market. Itís possibly his most rock-oriented album and includes appearances by Rupert Hine, Dale Newman, John Hackett, Mike Giles (co-founder of King Crimson) and more!

March 6, 2010
Steve and John Hackett To Appear On Forthcoming Concept Project

Steve and John Hackett will appear on the forthcoming Marco Lo Musico album, The Book of Bilbo and Gandolf: Visions From Tolkien's World. The album is expected to be released in the next couple of months. More details will be posted when known.  

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