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Steve Hackett Revisits His Genesis Past Again

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Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett was a big part of the group’s golden period, perhaps best remembered by his work on their fabled ‘The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’ album. Now, 35 years after his departure from the band, he’ll revisit selections from their classic catalog with his new album ‘Genesis Revisited II.’

It’s familiar territory for Hackett, who released a similar project, entitled ‘Watcher Of The Skies: Genesis Revisited,’ in 1996. The new installment will be a double CD release featuring guest contributions from a diverse array of artists including John Wetton of Asia, Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, former Robert Plant guitarist Francis Dunnery, Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth and many others.

Speaking of his time with Genesis, Hackett remembers the group as “an extremely magical band, full of great songwriters and singers, [who were] visionaries in a sense.” He also considered them “the most broad-based band in the business. We did everything from gentle little lyrical acoustic songs, tinkling on 12 strings… to atonal stuff and extraordinary moments borrowing from jazz.”

‘Genesis Revisited II’ will be available in several different configurations, including a double CD media book as well as a quadruple LP and standard two-CD versions. The album will be released by Inside Out on Oct. 22, and Hackett is planning special tour dates to promote the record.

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