June 2009

June 9, 2009
Anthony Phillips To Appear On Forthcoming Steve Hackett Album

According to the new official Steve Hackett site's blog, Anthony Phillips has joined the cast of musicians appearing on the forthcoming Steve Hackett studio album. You can read all about it at the link above.

June 9, 2009
Early Proposed Track Listing for Genesis Live 1972-2007 Box Set Sparks Some Controversy Among Fans

As rumored, the forthcoming first Genesis live box tentatively scheduled for release this fall will not be available in SACD format anywhere in the world according to Nick Davis, the band's long-time producer and engineer. Davis also revealed that the box includes Live, Seconds Out, a selection of five songs from the Genesis live performance at the Shrine in 1975 on The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour, and a complete 1973 live performance from the Rainbow on the Selling England By the Pound tour. Those performances will be in newly remixed stereo and 5.1 surround sound (in CD+DVD format). Unfortunately, the complete 1973 performance will only be available on DVD. The compact disc version of the 1973 performance will be edited to omit some material from the performance due to the limitations of disc space. Davis also added that Three Sides Live, The Way We Walk, and Live Over Europe would be available as stereo only titles (no surround sound option available). Three Sides Live would offer a newly remixed stereo version, The Way We Walk would be returned to the original set list order from the tour (as opposed to sorting the albums as they were initially released) with three added bonus tracks and newly remixed stereo, and Live Over Europe would be the version that is currently available in stores. This box would also allegedly not include any video, unlike the prior box sets highlighting the studio albums: 1970-1975, 1976-1982, and 1983-1998.

Many fans made their disappointment known publicly on the official Genesis site's forum about a lack of Collins or Wilson era non-album live tracks, a lack of 5.1 surround sound for Three Sides Live, The Way We Walk, and Live Over Europe, and so on. Davis reported back on the forum that he has taken the fan's feedback to the band's management and it will be considered. Davis also reported back that the band's management is in discussion with the record company to exclude Live Over Europe from the box set, leaving an empty slot to put the existing stereo only CD version into it (instead of making people who bought Live Over Europe last year when it was released, purchased it again). Clearly, some of these details are still being worked out and any of this could be subject to change. Details will be posted when confirmed, but as this process continues through June, it makes me wonder how likely the proposed September release date may be?

June 9, 2009
Collins Set To Participate In "Mickey, My Ears, and Me" Event in Paris This Month

As previously reported earlier this year, Phil Collins has contributed to "Mickey, My Ears, and Me" at Disneyland Paris in France. On June 22, 2009, the original one-of-a-kind creations of twenty celebrities, who designed their own Mickey Mouse ears (including Phil Collins) will be auctioned off for charity. Details of the auction can be found (in French) here.

June 7, 2009
Sad Cafe's Ole Now Available For Pre-Order

Renaissance Records has officially announced the pre-order of Sad Cafe's Ole. Just last month the label released their  self-titled album. There is no Japanese or European release currently planned for Ole on compact disc. Renaissance Records previously released CD reissues of Sad Cafe's Misplaced Ideals and Facades in 2008. As mentioned previously, Sad Cafe is the former band of the late Paul Young of Mike and the Mechanics.

June 7, 2009
Forthcoming Steve Hackett Biography Available For Pre-Order

Sketches of Steve Hackett, the highly anticipated official Steve Hackett biography written by acclaimed Genesis biographer Alan Hewitt is available now for pre-order in a strictly limited edition hardback first edition with with a bonus DVD! The 320-page book features a forward by Steve Hackett and will be available on August 3, 2009. The DVD includes an interview, photo gallery and, as of now, a special piece of music by Hackett according to the publisher. This first edition will also be signed by Steve Hackett himself!

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