Introducing the line up for the forthcoming electric gigs...
Roger King - keyboards
Roger King - Keyboards
(Photo by Ben Fenner)
Roger spent the first twenty years of his professional life basking in the anonymity of the recording studio, making records with Gary Moore, Snoop Doggie Dog, Jamelia, Peter André, and a number of more obscure artists. He's worked on enough pop and house remixes to drive a lesser chap to despair and programmed, recorded and mixed soundtracks for movies (Cliffhanger, In The Name Of The Father, etc.). We fondly imagined that he had not, like every other musician on the planet, contributed wallpaper music to a series of horrible satellite channel documentaries, but a brief perusal of the Discovery catalogue dashed our hopes.
Largely through an accident of West London geography, Roger first worked with Steve in 1995, recording and mixing much of the original Genesis Revisited album. Four albums later, and with tenure apparently secured, he elbowed his way onto stage in 2001 and has remained behind the keys ever since. We've given up counting the albums, DVDs and concerts that Roger has contributed to over the years - too many for anyone's sanity, we're sure, but he and Steve remain on talking terms and he still seems to be enjoying himself. It's not easy to tell, of course - he's a taciturn cove...
Studiologic, Novation and Alesis Keyboards
Apple's Mainstage Software
MOTU Audio Interface
Gary O'Toole - drums, percussion and vocals
(Photo by Ben Fenner)
Drummer, singer, guitarist, teacher, and veritable polymath; Gary has been a top professional musician for over thirty years.
In addition to worldwide live appearances with Bucks Fizz, China Crisis and blues maestro Stephen Dale Petit he has a studio CV as long as your arm, drumming for top producers Marius De Vries and Richard Niles, and for a staggeringly diverse range of artists from Mel C to Kylie Minogue to Chrissie Hynde.
Not content to keep all this talent to himself, he's also found time to set up his own music school, teaching Steve Sidelynk (Madonna) and Coldplay's Will Champion, to name but two.
Gary has been a fixture in Steve's band since 2000, underpinning countless gigs from Stockholm to Santiago. He also caressed, cajoled and battered drums on, and lent his inimitable vocal talents to, the studio albums To Watch The Storms, Wild Orchids, Beyond The Shrouded Horizon and, of course, the latest release Genesis Revisited II.
To find out more about Gary's music school, please visit: www.gotomusicschool.co.uk
More at: www.garyotoolemusic.co.uk
Mapex Acoustic Drums
Rob Townsend - sax, flute and percussion
(Photo by Angela Townsend)
Despite a propensity for hitting things in a broadly rhythmic fashion, Rob Townsend started playing the sax when he got fed up with carting drums around and has never looked back. He's played nearly everywhere with nearly everybody but he's particularly made his mark in jazz, having worked with, amongst others, Sam Rivers, Eddie Henderson, Bill Bruford, Django Bates, Tim Garland, Laurence Cottle and James Taylor of JTQ fame. Using complicated algorithms and powerful computing, we can reveal that he has played more than 100,000,000,000,000 notes in his career to date, some of them more than once. Rob also likes to don a powdered wig and scowl like Beethoven whilst he writes and records reams of music for TV, film, computer games and other media. You can read more about these activities, and gain some insight into his peculiar sense of humour at www.voodookazoo.com
Rob joined Steve's band in 2001 deploying his barrage of woodwind on 23723.716 gigs and can be heard on most live albums and DVDs since. His unique talents also grace To Watch The Storms, Wild Orchids, Out of the Tunnel's Mouth, Beyond the Shrouded Horizon and Genesis Revisited II. As a hobby, Rob collects dust.
Selmer Super 80 Series 3 Soprano Sax with Selmer S80 H Mouthpiece
Selmer Mark 6 Tenor Sax with Aizen LS mouthpiece
Rico Jazz Select Reeds
Altus Flute with Miguel Headjoint
Trevor James Masters Series Alto Flute
TC M2000 & G Major Effects Processors
Nick Beggs - bass and related paraphernalia
Though Nick was originally schooled as an illustrator, at the age of 18 he chose an escape route through music after... yes you guessed it, dropping out of art school. He signed his first record deal with EMI in 1982 as a founder member of Kajagoogoo, co-writing and co-producing the multi million-selling hit Too Shy along with the rest of the band's three album back catalogue. By 1987 he'd moved onto his second project, Ellis Beggs & Howard (RCA records), co-writing the hit single Big Bubbles No Troubles, and three years later he joined progressive folk band Iona, recording two albums and touring extensively. Enough of a career for one man, you might think, but no: Nick has lectured on music at the The Academy Of Contemporary Music, The Guitar, Bass and Drum Tech, and The Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts, enjoyed a stint as A&R manager for Polygram Records, and toured and sessioned for John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Steve Howe (Yes), Kim Wilde, Howard Jones, ABC, Midge Ure, Right Said Fred, Belinda Carlisle, Englebert Humperdink and Cliff Richard. As a noted exponent of the Chapman Stick, he has also recorded two solo albums, Stick Insect and The Maverick Helmsman, which he continues to perform live throughout Europe. Still a keen draftsman, Nick never takes to the road without a slew of sketchbooks to chronicle his travels. He also enjoys secreting himself in small places. Possibly to sketch - we just don't know... More (steel yourself) at www.nickbeggs.co.uk and www.kajagoogoo.com
Nad Sylvan - vocals
Photo © Jaak Geebelen
Nad was born in the USA but raised in Sweden by his grand parents. He began playing the piano at the age of four and started composing almost immediately. His first performance at age eight ended very suddenly with Nad fainting over the keys from sheer nervousness... a great way to start!
Having worked with ABBA's Michael B.Tretow, Rednex (remember Cotton Eye Joe?), being in and out of various bands, trying to write "hit songs" but never being in sync with time, Nad's dreams of success had almost come to an end when he was accidentally lured back into the prog rock scene...
In 2008 Nad was involved with the highly acclaimed Unifaun album; a project of original music paying homage to the 70's era Genesis.
The Unifaun album, and in particular Nad's voice (often described as a mix of Gabriel and Collins) caught the attention of Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings and Transatlantic. Together they formed Agents Of Mercy in 2009 and have released three albums to date; The Fading Ghosts of Twilight (2009), Dramarama (2010) and The Black Forest (2011) as well as touring extensively.
Then one day an email arrived in Nad's inbox: "Hi Nad, this is Steve Hackett..."
Amanda Lehmann - guitar and vocals
Photo © Peter Tomkinson
Originally a classically trained pianist, Amanda fell in love with the power of rock and the overdriven guitar. But not being one to be constrained to any one musical genre, she has blended the boundaries throughout her musical career between folk, blues, rock and classical. An accomplished singer/songwriter, Amanda has written and recorded many pieces, and is currently working on her solo album on which she plays guitar and vocals and programs the bass, drums and synthesizer backing.
Amanda has played in several bands based in southern England, but gigging throughout the UK. She has been involved in duo and solo work, session vocals and guitar, and also written music for film and TV.
After a break from the music scene in order to bring up her son, she re-entered the arena in 2009 playing guitar and vocals with Steve Hackett's electric band, and making several appearances on his latest albums.
Lee Pomeroy - Bass
Lee is an award winning composer and producer. Alongside writing partner Martin Price, Lee has composed music which can regularly be heard on television and other media.
Lee is also a sought after session musician and has performed around the world with a diverse roster of high profile artists including Take That, Rick Wakeman, Three Friends (with former Gentle Giant members) and It Bites.
He also has his own progressive rock band Headspace (also featuring Adam Wakeman) who were nominated in the Best New Blood category of the 2012 Prog Rock Awards.
Lee first performed with Steve's band in 2010 for a Japanese tour. He returned again for the UK tour in 2012, played on seven tracks on the Genesis Revisited II album and is now a member of the band for the Genesis Revisited live shows.
A lifelong fan of both Steve & Genesis he feels "Absolutely honoured, chuffed and excited to be involved in the album and tour. It's quite literally a dream come true for me to share the stage with Steve playing a set of Genesis songs; they've been my favourite band for over 30 years and I've been rehearsing for this tour since I was 14 years old!"
He recently sold his precious Mellotron but remains upbeat!
Fender Jazz & Rickenbacker 4003 Bass Guitars
Shergold/Richards Double-neck Guitar (12 String Guitar/4 String Bass – build by Chris Richards)
Line6 Variax Guitar
Roland Midi Bass Pedals
Ernie Ball Strings
More at www.leepomeroy.co.uk
Phil Mulford - bass guitar
Phil Mulford-Bass-The Final Frontier...
Phil returns to the fold in the autumn of 2011 after playing on the 2000 Tour of Italy with Steve.
He has been one of the UK's busiest Session players over the past 10 years. Chaka Khan, Alexandra Burke, Kylie Minogue, Lemar, Mica Paris, Nik Kershaw, T'Pau, Rick Astley, Ruby Turner, Beyonce, Lionel Ritchie, Leona Lewis, JLS, Annie Lennox, Ronan Keating, Westlife, Beverley Knight, Take That, Will Young, The Bee Gees, Paul Young, Lewis Taylor, Leo Sayer, Atomic Kitten, Tom Jones, Donna Summer and many others have had Phil make a low, wobbly sound with them.
He has a few group CD's out, two with the great Scottish guitarist Malcolm Macfarlane as the Mulford/Macfarlane Group, Jamming Frequency (1996) and Bright Lights, Big City (1999) and an album with fusion group First Light titled Field Day from 2007, which features guitarist Ronnie Johnson.
In his spare time of which he has none, Phil likes swimming, cycling and motorsport.
More at www.philmulford.co.uk
Dik Cadbury - bass and vocals
Multi-instrumentalist Dik began his professional music career in 1971 with University Jug-Folk band Totem and went on to tour and record with Decameron from 1973, initally as bassist, vocalist and fiddle player and then as guitarist. When the band split in 1976 he opened Millstream Recording Studio in Cheltenham, installed John Acock as engineer and sought more live action. He joined Pekoe Orange in 1978 and shortly after that auditioned for Steve Hackett's new touring band. He joined John Hackett, Magnus, Hicks and Shearer in what Steve has referred to as his 'dream team', recording the much loved studio albums 'Spectral Mornings' and 'Defector'. In 1980 Dik and Decameron lyricist Dave Bell formed the jingle company Orijingles and a retro pub band The Teenage Idols to showcase their songwriting talents, and in 1983 Dik teamed up with former Manfred Mann singer Mike D'Abo to form society party band Mike D'Abo's Mighty Quintet, still performing today. Dik also joined international party band Top Catz as guitarist and MD. Following Millstreamís closure in 1989, Dik branched out into voiceover work (www.voiceatility.net), photographic modelling and acting, famously dying in an episode of the BBC's Dalziel and Pascoe. A solo album 'About Time', co-produced by John Acock, was released in 1999 (more at www.dikcadbury.com) and he continues to write with Pete Hicks and Dave Bell as well as in his own right, occasionally performing solo. He has recorded and performed with numerous artists, including The Manfreds, Steve Ashley, Marcus Foster and many others. Twenty-nine years on from 'Defector' Dik is delighted to be back in the Hackett fold.
Dik played bass with Steve in Las Palmas and Lugano 2009.