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Steve Hackett Announce Release of Premonitions – News, October 2015


STEVE HACKETT TO RELEASE

PREMONITIONS  The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983

Prog rock pioneer Steve Hackett has announced the release of Premonitions – The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983, a comprehensive reissue project that includes his first 6 albums on the Charisma label, together with a wealth of previously unavailable recordings as well as remixes by Steven Wilson.  Premonitions is released on 16th October by Universal Music Catalogue/Virgin. 

Premonitions comes in a Super Deluxe box set featuring a total of 135 songs on 10 CDs and 4 DVDs (5.1 mixes), plus an extensive booklet; included in this version are 67 previously unreleased recordings between old and new tracks, live and remixes.

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I’m pleased that Steven Wilson has done several new mixes in both surround and stereo – Hackett has declared  The box set will also contain a number of live shows from the era. I’ve enjoyed being involved with this comprehensive trip down memory lane. There’s also a substantial booklet containing a lot of background info along with many wonderful Armando Gallo shots, and Roger Dean has painted a beautiful picture for the cover.  For me it’s a proud souvenir that highlights those years. I’ll play plenty of this early work at shows in the autumn which will include some numbers not played live for many moons, like Icarus Ascending and Star of Sirius plus all time faves such as Every Day and Spectral Mornings.

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Hacketts two most successful albums from the Charisma era, Please Dont Touch and Spectral Mornings, will also be re-released separately in a deluxe expanded version with 5.1 mixes by Steven Wilson in 2016.   Both records were previously reissued in 2005 as expanded single disc sets.

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2015 marks 40 years from the release of Steve Hacketts first solo record Voyage of the Acolyte; He was the first member of Genesis to release a solo album, before leaving the band in 1977. Hacketts musical career has been blooming over the past four decades, establishing him as a loved icon and pioneer of the genre. His current studio album Wolflight was released in March to critical acclaim, charting at 31; its the first studio album of new material since Beyond the Shrouded Horizon in 2011 and explores past and contemporary cultures in a revolutionary journey.

The 40th anniversary celebrations continue with 19 UK shows on the Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour, where fans will have the opportunity to relive the Charisma years while discovering the guitarists more recent work, together with a selection of Genesis tracks previously unheard live.

Full Dates Are:

October 2015

Sun 18th                     GLASGOW                Royal Concert Hall                          0141 353 8000

Tue 20th                     LEEDS                       Town Hall                                          0113 224 3801

Wed 21st                    LLANDUDNO           Venue Cymru                                   01492 872 000

Fri 23rd                       LIVERPOOL              Philharmonic                                    0151 709 3789       

Sat 24th                      LEICESTER              de Montfort Hall                                0116 233 3111

Sun 25th                     SALFORD                 The Lowry                                         0843 208 6000

Tue 27th                     IPSWICH                   Regent Theatre                                01473 433 100

Wed 28th                    BRISTOL                   Colston Hall                                     0844 770 1797

Fri 30th                        BIRMINGHAM           Symphony Hall                                 0121 345 0602

Sat 31st                      SOUTHEND               Cliffs Pavilion                                    01702 351 135

 

Tickets for all shows (apart from London) £29.50, £27.50; London: £37.50 level one, £33.50; (All tickets subject to booking fee).  24-hour ticket hotline 0844 338 0000 and Online: BookingsDirect.com.   Showtime will be 7.30pm  there is no support.   There will be an interval.

Steve Hackett made his mark on prog rock in the Seventies with his astounding, innovative work as Genesis lead guitarist, before leaving in 1977 to pursue a solo career. Since the release of Voyage of the Acolyte

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