Second Hackett DVD Delayed
According to Steve Hackett's manager, the planned DVD edition of one of
Steve's recent shows in Buenos Aires has struck a temporary reef as the
local TV company have reneged on the promise to make all of the raw
footage from the show available to Camino for a super-duper multi camera
angle extravaganza. So far, they've delivered only the final cut of the
show - with the station's logo prominently displayed. Negotiations
August 31, 2001
World of Genesis Gets Featured on the Official Steve Hackett Site
This is from Steve Hackett's recent newsletter as written by Steve's
"Since the end of the South American tour Steve has been concocting
new ideas for his next studio album, to be entitled .... well, actually
he hasn't told us yet! Meanwhile check out his recent interview with
Dave Negrin (World of Genesis website) from the 'Hackett Interview' link
at www.stevehackett.com. Dave
seems to have an 'access all areas' approach and draws Steve out on
recent tour events, Carpet Crawlers recording, why corporate reunions
don't work and GTR days."
Special thanks to Steve Hackett and Kudos Management for the privilege
of being featured on the official website and for the complement!
Steve Hackett Tokyo Tapes DVD (Region 1) now available in the USA and
That's right! Believe it or not, the new DVD pressing of the Tokyo
Tapes with 18 minutes of bonus added footage and band biographies
made it to the U.S.A. before Europe! There's a welcomed switch! The
North American pressing is distributed by Music Video Distributors and
actually hit the streets under the radar on Tuesday, August 28th! To
purchase the new U.S. DVD click
(Note: the link featured lists two different prices for the DVD--The
cheaper one is apparently correct.).
The Region 2 version of the Tokyo Tapes DVD is expected to be
released on October 1st and will be available through Steve Hackett's official
website directly and in retail stores throughout Europe. The Region
2 DVD was delayed until October due to manufacturing problems (UPS lost
the master tape!).
August 30, 2001
Release Date Announced For Live Steve Hackett Box Set
According to Steve Hackett's management, the official release date for
the much anticipated 4 CD live box set spanning Steve's solo tours in
the 70s, 80s, and 90s will be on November 1, 2001. The box set will be
available through Steve's official website on Camino Records. The set
includes complete shows rather than bits and pieces of various
performances! For more on the box set and other news in the Hackett camp
read World of Genesis' new
with Steve Hackett! (UPDATE: According to a recent interview with
Hackett's management on The Waiting Room fan-site, the Japanese pressing
of the live box set will feature an alternate 70s concert
August 30, 2001
Paul Carrack's New CD, Groovin', Is Now Available For Pre-Order
Carrack and Mechanics fans will be happy to hear that you can now
pre-order Paul's new album, Groovin' (the working title was Cover
Story, but has since been changed) on the official Paul Carrack
The anticipated street date for the album's actual release is September
24th in Europe and includes 13 classic songs covered by Paul. Among the
tracks are remakes of tunes by Burt Bacarach,
Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Carole King and more. No U.S. release date
has been confirmed yet. Besides, if you order if from Paul, he will
autograph it for you if you want him to!
August 30, 2001
The Official Genesis Site Offers Behind The Scenes Pictures of The
Recent Genesis Meeting!
Before you get too excited, the band didn't meet up to talk about a new
album or reunion tour. Phil Collins, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford met
up with their long-time Producer, Nick Davis, to watch a screening of
the new transfer of the Genesis DVD: Live 1992/The Greatest Hits.
The pictures on the official website are taken by Davis himself and show
the guys lounging about in the studio watching the digitally restored
footage. Most importantly, the shots show the band recording commentary
which, according to the official webmaster for Genesis, is being
considered for possible inclusion in the final DVD package! To check out
the new pictures go to the official
Genesis Songbook DVD Now Available For Pre-Order In The USA!
I am happy to report that the 1st Genesis DVD (Region 1), Songbook, has been
reconfirmed for release in the USA on September 25th. The DVD is now
available to pre-order by clicking
here. The suggested list
price is $24.98. The pre-order price offers a discount for a limited
August 23, 2001
New Paul Carrack CD Available For Pre-Order Next Week!
According to Paul Copley, Webmaster for Paul Carrack's official website,
the new CD (called Cover Story) will be available for pre-orders
at www.carrack-uk.com. As
previously reported, the album is a collection of classic soul tunes
re-worked by Carrack.
August 23, 2001
2nd Hackett DVD In The Works; More Details On The Live Box Set Shared...
According to Steve Hackett's manager's posting to the official Genesis
site, fans can look forward to a second Hackett live DVD some time in
the future. Steve Hackett recorded his 2001 concert in Buenos Aires for
television, and a DVD release of the show is in the works.
Hackett's manager also shared that the up-coming Hackett live box set
will be four CDs (rather than the 3 - as posted back on August 14th) and
features shows recorded in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. More details will
The Official Genesis Gets Its First Update ~ News Galore!!!
Rather than just regurgitate the facts posted on the official website,
here's basically what the new update consisted of (ok, ok, maybe a
Today the (latest) official Genesis website
got it's first update. Basically, the update explained that after poor
weather conditions at Cape Canaveral and four days of waiting, Mike
Rutherford and Tony Banks were not on-hand to witness NASA's Genesis
probe launch on August 8th (which explains why they weren't mentioned as
being in attendance in any new broadcasts).
Next, site mentions that the Phil Collins Love Songs CD is now
officially coming in 2002 and that it will include a live track by Phil
and his big band (I'm guessing "Always" -- but that's just my
guess). Regarding Phil's latest Disney project, Genesis-Music.com
says that Walt Disney has installed a state-of-the-art communications
system in Phil's home in Switzerland to make communication easier
between Collins and Disney HQ in Los Angeles,
California. They also mention the broadcast of Phil's Big Band Bash
(which was reported here on August 17th), and that Ray Wilson has sold
out his string of Edinburgh shows (mentioned here on WOG yesterday).
As for Genesis news, they mention that more details on the 2nd Genesis
DVD should be available in a couple of days. For more on these stories
please visit the official
website. It's a nice healthy update to chew on, plus new links
have been added in both the Tribute Bands Section and in the Genesis
Links Section (for fan sites). What are you waiting for??? Go
to the official site!
I don't know about you, but I'm extremely pleased with the way this site
is evolving. Let's hope we see another update soon!
Ray Wilson Sells Out
According to the official Ray Wilson website, all of the dates of
Ray's Storyteller Tour in Edinburgh are now sold out. Congratulations to
August 20, 2001
Daryl Stuermer Adds Another Tour Date In Milwaukee, Wisconsin
As if those "Cheese Heads" in Green Bay weren't lucky enough
already, Daryl has added yet another concert date in Wisconsin. Daryl
Stuermer will be playing Shank Hall on November 10, 2001. For more
information on this event call: (414) 276-7288 or check out the Tour
Dates Section of World of Genesis. (Webmaster's note: For
those who live outside the U.S. "Cheese Heads" is an
affectionate term for people from Wisconsin--It is not a negative or
Phil's Big Band Bash Returns to BBC 2
Phil Collins second episode of the radio series "Phil's Big Band
Bash" starts this coming Monday, August 20th, in the UK on BBC 2
from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. If you live outside the UK, you can catch
the show on-line by clicking here.
This program will continue every Monday evening for the next eight
August 17, 2001
The Second Single From Urban Renewal Is Released...
The second single from the Phil Collins tribute album,
Renewal, is now available in Europe. The single, which is "In
The Air Tonite" featuring rapper Lil' Kim along side the vocals of
Phil Collins, was released on August 14, 2001. To purchase a copy of
this CD single click
Live 3-CD Steve Hackett Collection Due By Late 2001; More Studio
Projects Coming Soon!
According to Mr. Hackett himself, a three disc live collection spanning
multiple tours will be released by Camino Records shortly. The people
over at Camino are currently in the process of approving the art work
and expect it's release before Christmas. Stay tuned to World of Genesis
for more details on this live set as well as a full interview (conducted
today, actually) coming very soon exclusively to this website!
Steve Hackett also mentioned that he is in the process of completing a
rock album with the musicians he worked with on the recent 2001 South
American tour, a classical project (featuring some of the music he wrote
that was featured in the film, Outwitting Hitler), and a new
ballads type collection album featuring Jim Diamond among other artists.
While no release date was shared for the rock album or the classical
effort, the ballads project should be released within approximately 6
months and will include covers of songs ranging from Vivaldi (Antonio
did ballads??? Who knew?!) to Buffy Sainte-Marie and Edith Piaf! More
information on these projects will follow soon.
August 14, 2001
Chester Thompson Appears On Two New CDs
Chester plays on the song "Love's Mission" featured on the
latest album by trumpeter Jimmy Wilson, Future History (Replicant
Records, #JW0829). The album, which was actually released in July, also
features Dennis Chambers, another well-respected drummer. For more
information on this album, check out the official Replicant
Records website. Also worthy of note: Chester played drums on Jimmy
Wilson's 1996 album, Identity, which can still be purchased in
Thompson Shopping Section here on World of Genesis.com.
You can also catch Chester on the latest album by jazz guitarist Martin
Taylor, NiteLife (SONY Jazz). Released in late July, NiteLife
was recorded and mixed in Nashville and produced by multi-Grammy
winner Steve Buckingham. Four tracks were co-produced by Buckingham and
smooth jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum. For more on Martin Taylor
to buy the NiteLife CD click
Hackett's DVD Scheduled For September Release ~ And Is Playable
Steve Hackett's management has just shared with World of Genesis that
the anticipated release date of Steve's Tokyo Tapes DVD will be
some time in September. The best part about this news is that this DVD
will be Region 0, which means it will be playable in ANY country
(Yes, including the USA!). The DVD will be available through retailers
but you will also soon be able to order it directly through the official
Steve Hackett website! As
previously reported, this new DVD edition includes extra footage which
was not included on the Asian DVD pressing or the old Tokyo Tapes
VHS release. (UPDATE--- For those who asked me to verify this, YES
it will be both NTSC and PAL compatible).
2nd Genesis DVD Officially Scheduled For Release
According to Amazon.co.uk, the official European release date for the
second Genesis DVD Live 1992/Greatest Hits (catalog number:
VSLD10484) is scheduled for November 5, 2001 and is now available for
pre-order. List price for the DVD is £24.99 (with Amazon's price being
a bit below that). Sadly, this DVD, like the previous one, is Region 2
only (which means if you don't live in Japan, Europe, or the Middle
East, you're out of luck for now unless you have a multi-region or
In further disturbing news, Amazon.com (the US site) still does not list
the release of the first Genesis DVD, Songbook (a.k.a. In The
Beginning). As the supposed U.S. release date is only a little more
than a month away, and Amazon tends to list things very early for
pre-order, this leaves me with an uneasy feeling that the U.S. DVD will
be delayed. Once more information is known, it will be posted here.
August 9, 2001
Fans Are "Squeezed" To Death With Another 'Hits' Album
As if there haven't been enough Squeeze compilations in the last decade
(I count about six!), yet another 'hits' collection is due in the U.S.
on September 18th. The digitally remastered compilation features the
Paul Carrack hit "Tempted" along with the usual suspects:
"Black Coffee In Bed", "Take Me I'm Yours",
"Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)", "Annie Get Your
Gun", etc. A collective yawn, anyone?
August 9, 2001
Phil Collins and Paul McCartney To Play Buckingham Palace?
The Queen of England is moving into uncharted waters by opening the
gardens of her
London home to a pop concert to celebrate her Golden Jubilee next June.
Buckingham Palace, more used to the demure behavior of summer garden
parties, will have seen nothing like it before.
Fourteen-thousand tickets will be available, with successful applicants
drawn from a hat. Palace officials would not reveal the likely stars,
but Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams and stalwarts of Prince's Trust
fund-raising concerts such as Phil Collins are already being
tipped as possible attractions. The Queen will make an appearance, although merely
as a spectator.
Courtiers were at pains to explain that the Golden Jubilee celebrations
would retain much of the tradition, which loyal monarchists would
expect, and would not be entirely populist. "A pop concert is
appropriate because, during the Queen's reign, one of the things that
Britain has been outstandingly good at is popular music," one
Palace source said. "We don't want to give the impression that we
have moved in a wildly populist direction; it was the Queen's own desire
to open her home to the nation."
Performers at the concert on Monday June 3, will give their services
free, as will musicians at a classical concert at the same venue two
days earlier. Any surplus, after paying for sound systems, stages and
giant television screens, will go to charity. Jubilee celebrations will
be centered on the weekend beginning Saturday June 1st, with bank
holidays on the following Monday and Tuesday extending the event to four
A Golden Jubilee office established by the Department of Culture, Media
and Sport said yesterday that inquiries from public and voluntary
organizations on how to celebrate were rising. The office is preparing
an information pack which should be ready in two weeks.
The government information website is at:
Or call a free phone advice service: (011+44)845 5000 2002 (UK telephone
August 8, 2001
The NASA Genesis Probe Successfully Launched Today
Well, the NASA Genesis probe had a little difficulty meeting its first
intended launch date, but the probe was finally launched ahead of its
second anticipated launch date (which wasn't until the 12th of August).
The unmanned probe, which rode atop a Delta II rocket, successfully
launched today at 12:13 EDT. The probe is expected to return to Earth
September 2004. I suppose due to all of the technical delays and so on,
broadcast news made no mention of Mike Rutherford or Tony Banks'
appearance at the launch site. For more on the story click here.
August 8, 2001
Daryl Stuermer Webcast Available on the House of Blues Website
For a limited time, a complete webcast of Daryl Stuermer's concert from
July 6, 2001 at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse Stage in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin is available for your viewing pleasure at the official website
House of Blues.
In addition to playing several original compositions, Daryl and the band
pull out a few Genesis favorites. Be sure to check it out! Also, if you
haven't already, you can check out Chris Otto's review
of the show in World of Genesis Concert Reviews Section.
NASA Launch Delayed Until August 12, 2001
As previously reported, the launch of NASA's Genesis spacecraft has been
delayed yet again. The launch was supposed to take place on Monday, July
30th at Cape Canaveral from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but
inclement weather and technical problems delayed the launch. Genesis
members Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford were on-hand for the space
probe's intended launch date, which has now been reportedly delayed
until August 12, 2001 due to additional unforeseen circumstances.
The probe was designed for a three year mission to gather and return
with tiny particles from the sun. If successful, it will be the first
extraterrestrial samples returned to Earth by NASA since Apollo
astronauts brought back moon rocks.