Steve Hackett is back and better than ever. At the age of 64, Steve is on the road again with the Genesis Revisited tour. He’s out applying his virtuoso skills, showcasing the early prog rock sound Genesis fans long for. Though not a founding member, Steve was brought on board in 1970 when Peter Gabriel was still leading the way. Recording with the band on the 1971 Nursery Cryme album, Genesis quickly recognized Steve’s classical influence and ability to collaborate. Following Peter G’s departure, Steve’s influence diminished. He was the first Genesis member to issue a solo album Voyage of the Acolyte in 1975. His second solo Please Don’t Touch was released in 1978 and featured guest artists Richie Haven and Joe Walsh. He left Genesis after the Wind and Wuthering tour in 1977. Steve remains busy as a solo artist, continuing to satisfy his classical rock fans. 2012 saw his release of Genesis Revisited. Genesis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
Heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath return to the top to the Rock and Roll heap with album 13. Their latest release debuted at first place on the Billboard chart. Promoting the album with a world tour that begins stateside, Ozzy and company are back to restore the reputation of Black Sabbath. After a blistering beginning in 1968, and horrid separation in 1978, the band returns to the sound they created, and are blasting it to the next level. Originally calling themselves Earth, the name Black Sabbath was inspired by the same 1963 Boris Karloff film. Their debut album was released on Friday the 13th, 1970. More…
Folk icon Richie Havens passed away August 22, Earth Day. However, it was another fateful day for the earth which propelled Havens to heavenly heights over 40 years ago. The day that, by chance, he opened for the Woodstock festival where his message of social change and Freedom redefined a culture torn apart by war, as a new generation of hope. It was here where Havens began his notoriety as the soulful leader for peace, love, and thoughtful critique through music. Inspired by the folk artists of his time, and in turn inspiring them to reach beyond the commercialism of pop music. Fans were enamored for his energetic covers of Bob Dylan’s Just Like A Woman, and the Beatles Here Comes The Sun. Frequently sought after for his ability to capture the relativism of the moment, fans were drawn to the simple honesty of his live performances. Never slowing, Richie kept playing, releasing his last album in 2008 titled Nobody Left To Crown. In March 2012, Havens announced he would stop touring due to health problems. Richie Pierce Havens was 72.
The Rolling Stones have announced their tour, and will be hitting the U.S. in May. 50 & Counting, the Glimmer Twins and company once again take their tunes on the road. Fans have been waiting with baited breath, and now all their dreams will come true. The boys have proven they still have the strut and jam to make it happen. The Stones five performances last year demonstrated they’re not done yet. This tour will start out west and head east. Maybe the last time, I don’t know.