Hot on the heels of his most successful solo tour ever, Steve Hackett announces his Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited – Foxtrot at Fifty + Hackett Highlights tour for 2022. The tour will mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary Genesis album Foxtrot which, in 1972, was pivotal in establishing the band as a major force in British rock. Tickets are available from 10am on Friday Dec. 10th via myticket.co.uk.
Foxtrot was critically acclaimed and became the first Genesis album to make the UK album charts. The first track, the sci-fi influenced Watcher of the Skies became a fan favourite and perennial live set opener while Get ‘Em Out By Friday was a cutting slice of social comment about concrete tower blocks replacing aging slums, driven not by concern for communities but by the greed of developers.
“I think Foxtrot was a terrific achievement for Genesis at that time,” says Steve Hackett. “I think there is not one weak track on the album, they all have their strong points and I’m really looking forward to doing the whole album live.”
Hackett was the lead writer of Can-Utility and the Coastliners, featuring some particularly strong musical deas, and also contributed his classically-inspired solo piece Horizons. “The original version was a rough mix but there was something about it. A rough monitor mix can have things that something more considered won’t necessarily possess. I liked the sound of the rough mix, so we went with that.”
The album’s highlight was the 23-minute epic Supper’s Ready which remains a concert favourite and featured on Hackett’s recent Seconds Out tour. “‘Supper’s Ready’ was a sojourn, an odyssey and something that goes down very, very well with audiences now.” Hackett adds. “As part of ‘Second’s Out’ I’ve been playing the whole of that again, it really has stood the test of time.”
“We were a young, struggling band at that time. By the time we were doing ‘Foxtrot’, the band was becoming more ambitious. ‘Foxtrot’ is a must for fans of the early Genesis work. Fifty years ago? It doesn’t feel like those ideas are fifty years old because it was-genre defining, rather than following trends. It still sounds current, now.”
The Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited – Foxtrot at Fifty + Hackett Highlights tour also promises more Genesis favourites and highlights from Hackett’s extensive solo catalogue.
Steve Hackett and his touring line-up of Roger King (keyboards), Jonas Reingold (bass, backing vocals), Nad Sylvan (vocals), Rob Townsend (saxophone, flutes, additional keyboards) and Craig Blundell (drums) have recently completed the 31-date Genesis Revisited Seconds Out + More UK tour plus additional European dates.
Steve Hackett Foxtrot At Fifty + Hackett Highlights tour dates:
Sep 9: Swansea Arena
Sep 10: Cardiff St. David’s Hall
Sep 11: Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sep 13: Aylesbury Waterside
Sep 14: Torquay Princess Theatre
Sep 16: Portsmouth Guildhall
Sep 17: Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Sep 18: Birmingham Symphony Hall
Sep 20: Hull City Hall
Sep 22: Gateshead Sage
Sep 23: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Sep 24: York Barbican
Sep 26: Buxton Opera House
Sep 27: Grimsby Auditorium
Sep 28: Northampton Derngate
Sep 30: Sheffield City Hall
Oct 1: Manchester O2 Apollo
Oct 3: Southend Cliffs Pavillion
Oct 4: Ipswich Regent Theatre
Oct 5: Bath Forum
Oct 7: Leicester De Montfort Hall
Oct 8: Liverpool Philharmonic
Oct 9: Brighton Brighton Centre
Oct 11: Bournemouth Pavilion
Oct 12: London Eventim Apollo
Tickets go on sale Friday December 10 at 10am.