Ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett planning to honor his 1980 album ‘Defector’ on new North American tour

Credit: Lee Millward
Credit: Lee Millward

Ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett launched a new North American leg of his Genesis Revisited tour on Wednesday in Calgary, Canada.

Hackett tells ABC Audio that this year’s trek “is hitting some areas that we didn’t do last time.”

As with his 2019 trek, Steve says, this year’s show will feature a full performance of Genesis’ 1973 album, Selling England by the Pound, as well as songs from his 1979 solo effort, Spectral Mornings, and his latest album, 2019’s At the Edge of Light.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who turned 70 earlier this month, reports that he has changed his set up a bit, and that he’ll also include a few songs from his 1980 album Defector in honor of that record’s 40th anniversary.

Among the new additions are Genesis’ “Watcher of the Skies” and “The Musical Box,” as well as “The Steppes,” “Jacuzzi” and “Slogans” from Defector.

That being said, Hackett says the show’s “main focus is on Selling England by the Pound,” adding that he’ll continue to perform the album when he and his band play concerts in Japan, Australia and New Zealand following the North American trek.

Reflecting on the Selling England album’s appeal, Steve notes, “[I]t’s stuff from a period of Genesis that’s known as the classic period. And I’m very happy to do that. I was always very, very proud of what the band achieved at that time.”

Hackett’s North American trek winds down on March 24 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a few days before he heads out on the 2020 edition of Yes‘ Cruise to the Edge. Check out all the dates at HackettSongs.com.

Meanwhile, Hackett reveals that his final 2019 tour date, a November 29 show in London, was recorded for an upcoming live album and video release.

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