At the age of 71, Steve Hackett is busier than ever. While his former Genesis companions Collins, Banks and Rutherford want to present their old songs again on the "The Last Domino?" tour soon, their former guitarist (who was not informed about the tour plans) constantly reinvents himself. So Hackett doesn't play it safe on "Surrender Of Silence" either, although there's definitely a risk in this approach, as he admits good-humoredly in the eclipsed interview.
eclipsed: Can a Steve Hackett actually sit quietly and do nothing?
Steve Hackett: I guess not. I've had a very productive period recently with various album releases and my autobiography, that's true.
eclipsed: Where does this motivation to always create something new come from?
Hackett: I think it's important not just to be a living museum, but to keep making new little babies.
"Under A Mediterranean Sky" is the now seventh acoustic work of the ex-Genesis guitarist. This time he pours the experiences he and his wife Jo Lehmann-Hackett made on extensive travels through the Mediterranean region, which is characterized by different cultures, into colorful musical images. In Corona-Lockdown times, the album title also awakens the longing for destinations that are unreachable for the time being
Steve Hackett has repeatedly recorded acoustic albums centered on filigree, classical and folkloristic playing on the nylon guitar. With "Under A Mediterranean Sky" he has succeeded in this terrain his most beautiful work so far, which offers musical landscape and cultural descriptions vibrating with joie de vivre and also brings various ethnic instruments into the sound cosmos in rich orchestrations.
In the interview Steve Hackett and his wife Jo opened their travel diary for us.
Year after year, Steve Hackett manages to keep the Genesis traditionalists at his side by regularly roaming the country with retro programs. On the other hand, he finds the inspiration and the time to record new studio productions again and again and to put them on the market. All of them solid to brilliant works. The latest recording is called "At The Edge Of Light" and definitely falls into the second category.
In times of terror, isolation and populist agitation, signs of international understanding, hope, compassion and humanity are all the more important. "The Night Siren" is such a sign. The 25th solo album of the former Genesis guitarist deals with the consequences of war and the hardships of expulsions. At the same time it brings together musicians from different cultural backgrounds.
Anyone who talks to Steve Hackett about music should bring a lot of time with them. The ex-Genesis guitarist has no prepared 08/15 statements ready. The 67-year-old answers all questions in detail, likes to digress and comes from the hundredth to the thousandth. No problem He uses the eclipsed interview not only to promote his new studio album "The Night Siren". The state of the world that he sees on the abyss is of special concern to him. Xenophobia, narrow-mindedness and the autocratic leadership style of people like Donald Trump are horrors to him, and he openly expresses them. And once in motion, also some of his ex-genesis colleagues get one with..
eclipsed: We will reach you in the USA, where you have already done some shows of the current tour. How'd it go?
QUEEN - Their 50 biggest songs
Queen emphasized throughout their career that they are essentially a hard rock band. In fact, the English kept increasing the hardness of their songs as much as they liked. And yet there is hardly a formation of its caliber that has tried its hand in so many different genres. This stylish heterogeneity is also reflected in our ranking of the 50 greatest songs of the pomp quartet.
CARLOS SANTANA - The Sound of the World
STEVE HACKETT - Die Stunde des Wolfs
Lange Steve Hackett has held up the flag of progressive rock of the seventies with his releases, to finally celebrate this high phase in his own cause once again with "Genesis Revisited" and at the same time reap the deserved harvest of his steadfastness. For this and above all to the new album, the concept album "Wolflight", the smart Brit is our question and answer.
TOTO - contract is contract
Not many know it yet, but there is a beautiful live recording for band and orchestra of Genesis' epic "Supper's Ready". Recorded and filmed in January in Iceland, the result is stunning. The band is called Todmobile, an award-winning prog band, founded in the late 80s in Reykjavik. The orchestra is the Northern Symphony Orchestra. Guest star: Steve Hackett! I've never been to Iceland before, and when Steve visited me in Los Angeles last December and told me that he was going to play some concerts with a local prog band there, I was fascinated and amazed.
Wolfsgeheul, a thunderstorm of drums, then the use of keyboards and his unmistakable guitar - "Wolflight", Steve Hackett's new album, is the first real solo work of the former Genesis guitarist since 2011.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.