Steve Hackett revives Seconds Out

Steve Hackett has been reviving, since 2013, the “old” Genesis hardware. On this occasion, he deals with the mythical album Seconds Out, which he presents in its entirety.

Go through the songs of this double album recorded in 1976 and 1977 during the A Trick of the Tail and Wind and Wuthering tours and in which we find the Squonk, Firth of Fifth, The Cinema Show, Supper’s Ready and the explosive double Dance on a Volcán /The endos.

Steve Hackett and his musicians will be at Montreal’s Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier on Tuesday night and at the Grand Théâtre de Québec on December 4.

Seconds Out, as the title suggests, also marked the end of the association between the 72-year-old guitarist and the British band that made him famous.

“I didn’t know during the Wind of Wuthering tour that I was going to leave the band. I was thinking about it. He wanted to do things alone and Genesis forbade me. I liked the band, but I also wanted to grow as a musician and lead my own band,” he said in an interview.

your own version

Steve Hackett admits that this questioning did not stop him from having a good time during this tour, which called at the Forum de Montréal and the Colisée de Québec.

“Genesis was getting bigger. It was a time when everything we did worked. There is no doubt about it. We were at our highest level as a group. We were brilliant on stage and the audience was fantastic. And all this happened after the non-obvious departure of Peter Gabriel and the arrival of Phil Collins as a singer, ”he noted.

For many progressive rock fans, Seconds Out is one of the greatest live albums of all time. Steve Hackett doesn’t totally disagree with this statement, but he does have reservations.

He released, last fall, with his musicians, his own version of Seconds Out. The Genesis Revisited Live: Seconds Out & More album was recorded in Manchester during the UK leg of this tour.

“I think the result is superior to Seconds Out. You can hear my guitar and that’s a huge improvement over the original version,” she said.

solo material

The guitarist has given many concerts in the last nine years where the emphasis was on the music of Genesis. He has played very little of the material on these five solo albums that he has released since 2003. Surrender of Silence, his latest, was released in 2021.

“Maybe I’ll go in that direction after the Foxtrot at Fiflty tour which could hit North America in 2023, where I’ll cover Foxtrot in its entirety. I have very strong material on Surrender of Silence and I’d like to do more live,” he said.

Steve Hackett has no intention of touring where he would perform the entire album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. There are bands that do it, he said, referring to the Quebecers from the tribute band The Musical Box.

“I prefer to choose one from anywhere in the repertoire. The Seconds Out and Foxtrot tours are, in my opinion, the best on Genesis. There are promoters who would like me to do The Lamb. I don’t have a plan, right now, to go in that direction,” he commented.

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