November 25, 2010
Andrew Roachford Interview Coming Soon to World of!

Andrew Roachford, one of the two new lead singers of Mike & The Mechanics, recently agreed to a new interview with World of to talk about their new album, The Road, and the Hit the Road U.K. Tour. Details are coming soon! If you want to check out Andrew's solo material visit the World of on-line shop.

November 23, 2010

Details on The New Mike & The Mechanics Album and Tour Revealed!; New Andrew Roachford Interview Now On-line!

Mike & The Mechanics truly 'rewired' (left to right):
Andrew Roachford, Mike Rutherford and Tim Howar

Mike and the Mechanics' new album, The Road, as been tentatively confirmed for an April 2011 release date on SONY Music subsidiary Arista Records in Europe. The new album of course features founding member Mike Rutherford with new vocalists, Andrew Roachford (previously reported here) and Tim Howar.

The album will be supported with a 22-date 'Hit The Road' U.K. tour in April and May, kicking off April 27th in Hull, England. Tickets will go on sale Friday, November 26th, at 9:00 a.m. (U.K. time). Ticket prices range from £35 to £65 each depending on the venue and the location of your seat. For a complete list of 'Hit the Road' 2011 tour dates click here. There will also be a limited number of "Hot Ticket Packages" which include a seat in the first 15 rows, an exclusive gift (a 'deluxe' writing pen), an official tour program, and a souvenir tour laminate. "Hot Ticket Packages" start at £125.
So, you want more on the new Mechanics? Be sure to check out The House of Many Rooms, a Mike and the Mechanics unofficial fan site, that features a new interview with Mechanics front-man Andrew Roachford! There is also another Andrew Roachford interview available on the German Genesis fan site, Genesis-News (in English), by Christian Gerhardts.  

November 23, 2010
Prince's Trust Concert with Phil Collins and Mike & The Mechanics To Be Broadcast In December In 3D!

The Prince's Trust concert that took place on Wednesday, November 17th, featuring a host of famous musicians including Phil Collins, Mike & The Mechanics, Eric Clapton, Jools Holland, and members of Queen to name but a few, was filmed in 3D and will be broadcasted on Sunday December 19, 2010 on Sky 3D (Sky Channel 217).

November 17, 2010

Steve Hackett Talks About His Thoughts on the Possibility of A Genesis Reunion In A New Interview

In a new interview with The Northern Echo, Steve Hackett talks about his current tour and his thoughts on the possibility of a Genesis reunion. When discussing the possibility of a reunion of the classic 5-man Genesis line-up Hackett explains, "
I was approached a while back (2005), but it was bit like showing up for a board meeting and a resolution is passed. It doesnít work out because we were talking about doing a live version of The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway and a stage musical. Basically a certain faction, and Iím not going to name names in the band, figured it was going to be too difficult to do the musical. My take on it was it then killed stone dead the idea of the five-man piece coming together. Thatís all Iím prepared to say but Iíd be happy if it was turned into a musical. Iíve not stood in the way of band reformation. I try and be as positive as possible. I donít think there will ever be a reformation of Genesis. It seems Iím being asked to account for the sins of others although I do tend to rubberstamp every mix (of Genesis songs) that comes through. Iím not going to hold my breath waiting, Iíd rather be out there performing.Ē

November 15, 2010
Winners Announced For Phil Collins Going Back Live DVD and Blu-Ray Disc Contest

Please visit the Phil Collins Going Back Live Contest Page to see who the ten lucky winners were for the new Phil Collins DVD and high definition Blu-Ray Disc, Going Back Live at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC available in stores now!

November 15, 2010

New Steve Hackett Interview Available As A Podcast

Recorded on the eve of Steve Hackett's latest UK tour, check out this new podcast from

November 12, 2010
Peter Gabriel to Co-Host WITNESS Charity Event in New York City

On Thursday, December 2, 2010 Peter Gabriel will co-host the 6th annual Focus for Change Benefit Dinner and Concert for WITNESS at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Additional guests include Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter) and live performances by Antibalas, Sheryl Crow, and recent Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Cliff. During the event, WITNESS will honor HBO Documentaries for "using film to educate, illuminate, and inspire." They will also honor WITNESS partner LICADHO for its work to end forced evictions in Cambodia. As it is a benefit event, individual ticket prices start at $750 with prices going up to $50,000 for a 10-person per table ($25,000 and $50,000 packages include a cocktail reception with Gabriel). To purchase tickets click here.

For those unfamiliar with WITNESS, the non-profit organization founded by Peter Gabriel, it partners with human rights organizations around the world to bring the power of video into their existing campaigns and advance human rights causes around the world. For more information, visit the official WITNESS site.

November 12, 2010
Radio Contest Announced For Free Mike & The Mechanics Concert

Smooth Radio, 102.2 FM in the U.K., is offering a new contest to give listeners an opportunity to win 200 free tickets to see Mike & The Mechanics on Thursday, November 25, 2010 in Manchester, England. Tickets are not available for public sale - this is strictly a radio promotional event.  This is only the second event for the Mechanics' new line up featuring lead singer Andrew Roachford. The contest ends on November 19th, so if you happen to be in the U.K., be sure to enter soon!

November 10, 2010
Ray Wilson Provides Update on Recent Activity

Ray Wilson confirms plans for an autumn tour for his Genesis Klassik album in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Poland, and the Czech Republic. As reported here previously, we can also look forward to a new Ray Wilson and Stiltskin CD next autumn (2011) plus that long-awaited DVD he's been promising featuring songs from the past 20 years of Ray's career. The DVD will be recorded in January with a planned release for the spring. More details will follow shortly. For more details on the tour, visit Ray Wilson's official site.

November 10, 2010

Hackett Announces Details On His Forthcoming Live Album, Steve Hackett Live Rails
Steve Hackett has confirmed that his forthcoming double live album, Live Rails, which was taken from various performances in places like Paris, London, and New York on the 2009/10 Out of the Tunnel's Mouth world tour, will be available for order on his official site as of November 15th. The first 500 copies will be signed by Steve himself. If you happen to be catching any of Steve's up-coming UK shows, the album will also be available at the merchandise stalls on the tour. Pre-orders on music retail sites are expected shortly.

The track listing is as follows:

Disc 1:

Disc 2:

November 10, 2010
New Unsanctioned Steve Hackett Discography Book Released

A new unauthorized Steve Hackett discography/author commentary book, Steve Hackett Discography, has been released in Europe. The 86-page booklet includes free digital updates. While I have not seen this book yet, I will order it and review it here on World of shortly.

November 10, 2010
Phil Collins Featured in the new issue of Rolling Stone Magazine

According to Rolling Stone, a new interview with Phil Collins can be found on newstands. Phil talks further about leaving his music career in the past and his passion for this history of the Alamo. In addition, a shocking revelation is revealed that the singer/drummer has contemplated suicide in recent years. In the article Collins explains: "I wouldn't blow my head off... I'd overdose or do something that didn't hurt. But I wouldn't do that to the children. A comedian who committed suicide in the Sixties left a note saying, 'Too many things went wrong too often.' I often think about that."

November 4, 2010
Genesis' Official Biography Available at a Blow-Out Price for a Limited Time!

For a limited time, you can get Genesis' official biography, Chapter and Verse, for an incredible
60% off blow-out price! Click here for details! Subject to change - So, act now!

November 4, 2010

World of Phil Collins Blu-Ray/DVD Contest Ending Soon! Enter Today!

Just a quick reminder that the World of contest in celebration around the new Eagle Rock Entertainment release of Phil Collins' DVD and Blu-Ray for Going Back: Live from Roseland Ballroom in NYC will end on November 10th. If you have not already done so, be sure to enter today (no purchase necessary) for your chance at one of ten DVDs and Blu-Rays we're giving away! Also, if you have not done so already, you can read the World of concert review of the Philadelphia and New York Phil Collins 2010 concerts here.

November 4, 2010
Never Before Released Tarka 2-DVD Set Coming Soon

Anthony Phillips fans will be pleased to know that the only live performance of Tarka (recorded February 27, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia) will soon find its way to DVD (PAL/Region 0). The double disc set will include the performance which features co-creator Harry Williamson with The Whitehorse Orchestra (Anthony Phillips does not appear on this performance of Tarka). The DVD also includes Waterscape which includes a 'making of' Tarka featurette with recent interviews with Anthony Phillips and others, rare studio footage of Williamson with Anthony Phillips live in the studio in 1987, plus additional rare archive and new footage. For more information click here.

November 3, 2010

Phil Collins to Perform Symphonic Concert at the Alamo with Ricky Skaggs

The 175th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo will be commemorated with a symphony concert starring Phil Collins and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs with the San Antonio Symphony on Saturday, March 5, 2011. The concert will take place right in front of the Alamo in Alamo Plaza and admission is free to the public!

November 3, 2010

Peter Gabriel Appears on New Track for Pakistan Flood Relief

You can now download a new song called "Open Your Eyes" featuring Peter Gabriel with Salman Ahmad of Pakistani rock band Junoon. Ahmed composed and recorded the song for Pakistan Flood relief and can be purchased here.

November 3, 2010
New Genesis Suite Tribute Now Available on CD!

Composer, conductor, producer and entrepreneur Tolga Kashif's latest opus, The Genesis Suite, can now be purchased in the World of On-Line Shop. More details on this project can be found in the August News on this site.

November 1, 2010
Mike & The Mechanics and Phil Collins To Perform at Prince's Trust Concert This Month

The Prince's Trust has confirmed that their sold out charity rock gala on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at Royal Albert Hall in England will feature Phil Collins, Mike and the Mechanics, Eric Clapton, Brian May and Roger Taylor (of Queen), Tom Jones, Jamie Cullum, Jools Holland, and many others. In addition to a now rare U.K. performance by Phil Collins, this charity gig appears that it will be the first ever live Mechanics show with new front man, Andrew Roachford (see the Shopping Section for more info on Andrew Roachford's solo work).

November 1, 2010
Paul D'Adamo's New Album Available on CD Today

For those of you who are like me and still prefer a physically pressed CD to a digital download, you can now get Paul's new album, Tell Me Something, on CD. The album, which was previously only available as a download, features several Genesis and Phil Collins cover tunes (as well as a few original songs) with musicians like Brad Cole, Daryl Stuermer, Chester Thompson, Leeland Sklar, Luis Conte, Amy Keys, and Arnold McCuller from Phil Collins' touring band. D'Adamo is reportedly already working on the early stages of a follow-up project which will feature additional Genesis related cover tunes.

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