Steve Hackett – Wingbeats

Photo by Tina Korhonen, all rights reserved

The build up to the release of Steve Hackett’s new album, Surrender of Silence, continues with the release of the first single from the CD, Wingbeats. You can watch the Paul Gosling directed video here:

The album itself will be released on 10th September 2021 as a Limited Edition CD+Blu-ray Mediabook in hardcover slipcase, Standard CD Jewel case, Gatefold 2LP+CD & LP-Bookletand Digital Album via Inside Out Music.  You are able to pre-order now here:

As with many current releases, the album has been created during the Covid 19 restrictions. For the first time, such restrictions have allowed Steve to release two new albums in the same year. “Lockdown cobwebs are blown away in one fell-swoop here!” says Steve. “With the monster rhythm section of Jonas, Craig, Nick and Phil along with Rob’s soaring sax and bass clarinet, Nad, Amanda and myself on vocals, Roger’s darkly powerful organ and my guitar, we plunge full-pelt into that wild release of energy.”

Besides Steve’s current band, the album also features a number of guests. The regular touring band of Roger King (keyboards, programming and orchestral arrangements), Rob Townsend (sax, clarinet), Jonas Reingold (bass), Nad Sylvan (vocals) and Craig Blundell (drums) are supplemented by Phil Ehart and Nick D’Virgilio (drums), the vocal talents of Amanda Lehmann, Durga and Lorelei McBroom, Christine Townsend (violin, viola), Malik Mansurov (tar) and Sodirkhon Ubaidulloev (dutar).

The music itself is varied in style and approach, from the classical orchestrations of Russia (Natalia) to the plains of Africa (Wingbeats) to mysterious Eastern shores (Shanghai To Samarkand), all via the ocean’s depths (Relaxation Music for Sharks (featuring feeding frenzy). The Devil’s Cathedral pools the talents of Hackett’s entire touring band and features King’s atmospheric Gothic organ and a powerhouse rhythm display from Blundell and Reingold. It promises to be an album rich in style and full of Steve’s eclectic outlook. Unlike Steve’s last album, Under A Mediterranean Sky, this is a full-on electric album. “It’s a ‘no holds barred’ album,” explains Steve, “riding that wave, unleashing those demons, dreams and nightmares, all crashing together over the shore. I enjoyed the power of this album allowing my guitar to scream in joy and rage… and once again flying across those oceans to distant lands. It’s terrific to connect creatively with musicians from far flung places, particularly when we’ve all been unable to meet. We all have a voice in our cacophony of sound and we cry out together in the Surrender of Silence!”

Steve Hackett “Surrender of Silence” track listing:

1.       The Obliterati (02:17)

2.       Natalia (06:17)

3.       Relaxation Music For Sharks (Featuring Feeding Frenzy) (04:36)

4.       Wingbeats (05:20)

5.       The Devil’s Cathedral (06:31)

6.       Held In The Shadows (06:20)

7.       Shanghai To Samarkand (08:27)

8.       Fox’s Tango (04:21)

9.       Day Of The Dead (06:25)

10.     Scorched Earth (06:03)

11.     Esperanza (01:04)

Steve Hackett shares writing credits with both Jo Hackett and Roger King on several tracks. All tracks were recorded by Roger King and produced by Steve Hackett with Roger King at Siren.

Dates are selling out on Steve’s Seconds Out + More Tour to the UK in September and October, so if you’re thinking of going now might be the time to make your decision. These are, of course, rescheduled dates but there are some additional one’s as well. This time, Steve will be revisiting the Genesis classic live album Seconds Out and will also be playing other tracks from his own solo albums.

Please note – highlighted shows are same venues as 1977 tour

Fri 10th Sep             Leicester                 De Montfort Hall (SOLD OUT)

Sat 11th Sept           Liverpool                 Philharmonic (SOLD OUT)

Sun 12th Sept          Stoke                      Victoria Hall

Tue 14th Sept          Birmingham            Symphony Hall

Wed 15th Sept         Cambridge              Corn Exchange (SOLD OUT)

Fri 17th Sept            Cardiff                    St David’s Hall (SOLD OUT)

Sat 18th Sept           Basingstoke            The Anvil (SOLD OUT)

Mon 20th Sept         London                   The Palladium (SOLD OUT)                  

Tue 21st Sept          London                   The Palladium (SOLD OUT)

Wed 22nd Sept       London                   The Palladium (NEW)

Fri 24th Sept            Manchester             O2 Apollo

Sat 25th Sept          Edinburgh             Playhouse

Mon 27th Sept         Glasgow                 Royal Concert Hall
Tue 28th Sept         Dundee                  Caird Hall

Thurs 30th Sept       Scunthorpe             The Baths Hall

Fri 1st Oct               Bradford                 St George’s Hall

Sat 2nd Oct              Nottingham             Royal Concert Hall (new)

Mon 4th Oct             Croydon                  Fairfield Halls (new)

Tue 5th Oct             Guildford                 G Live (SOLD OUT)

Thur 7th Oct            Brighton                  Dome (SOLD OUT)

Fri 8th Oct               Poole                      Lighthouse (new)

Sat 9th Oct              Bexhill-on-Sea         De La Warr Pavilion (SOLD OUT)

Mon 11th Oct          Southampton         Mayflower Theatre

Tue 12th Oct            Plymouth                Pavilions (new)

Thur 14th Oct           Carlisle                   The Sands Centre

Fri 15th Oct            STOCKTON           GLOBE  (NEW SHOW)

Sat 16th Oct            Newcastle              O2 City Hall  

Mon 18th Oct          Aylesbury               Waterside (new)                                       

Tue 19th Oct            Oxford                    New Theatre                                                      

Thur 21st Oct            Peterborough          Cresset (new)

Fri 22nd Oct             Harrogate                Royal Hall (new)

All tickets remain valid for the re-scheduled shows.

For full details and to book tickets for all shows for the Seconds Out + More Tour go too and venue box offices.



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