The Waiting Room - 2001 News Archive
Steve Hackett Update
TWR has recently heard from Steve Hackett's management, who have provided us with an update on a few of Steve's future plans...
Thanks to Billy Budis for this latest information.
Now in stock - "Opening The Musical Box - A Genesis Chronicle"
At last! The Waiting Room has obtained stocks of Alan Hewitt's book for sale via the TWR website. Copies are limited and Alan has agreed to sign any copies that are ordered personally from the site. The book costs £12.99, and postage prices are as follows...
|Europe/Republic of Ireland||£2.95|
|Austalia/Far East (airmail)||£9.00|
|Overseas (surface post)||£2.50|
UK cheques should be made payable to A. Hewitt, as should International Money Orders (which should also be drawn on a UK bank and be in £ sterling). You may send £ sterling cash but if you do so, please remember to REGISTER your envelope! Sorry, US and foreign currency/cheques can not be accepted.
Please send your order direct to Alan at...
174 Salisbury Road
Genesis Weekend - Running Order
The details of what's happening when during the upcoming Genesis Weekend at the Limelight Club in Crewe are emerging; here's what we have so far:
Friday April 5
Saturday April 6
Sunday April 7
Apart from the 12 noon event openings, all timings are approximate. The auction in particular may take longer than advertised depending on how much cash everyone has to spend for the items on offer! The list of available items can be seen in a News entry below, and other items will be added including (hopefully) some items from some of the band members themselves.
Genesis Weekend - Auction Items
Part of The Genesis Weekend, that is being held at The Limelight Club in Crewe in April, is an auction of Genesis memoribilia, with all proceeds going to charity - specifically Alder Hey Children's Hospital, the Imperial Cancer Fund, and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Some of the donated items are listed below; more will be announced soon. A full list of auction items will be available at the venue on the day of the auction.
Steve Hackett - Exclusive News Update
TWR can exclusively reveal the following news, hot of the press from Billy Budis, Steve's manager:
"Recently Steve has been mixing the Buenos Aires (electric) and Budapest (acoustic) shows for DVD release. These are the first 5.1 audio mixes we've undertaken, so it's been what's politely referred to as 'a learning experience'! We have acoustic shows in Italy from April 23 to 28, and of course the band show at NEARfest at the end of June, with the prospect of further shows around that. Meanwhile, Steve has been asked to write a completely new piece for percussionist Evelyn Glennie, which is to be premiered by both of them at The Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on July 21. Oh... and there's a new studio album to write and record (I've asked him to hurry up with that ...!)"
The Musical Box UK Tour - promotional artwork
Another exclusive for The Waiting Room - shown here is the promotional artwork that TMB will be using to advertise their upcoming UK tour. Variations of this poster will be appearing in the media over the next few months - but you saw it here first! Click on the picture to see the full-size version.
The Musical Box UK Tour - more ticket news
The Musical Box have opened a new website dedicated to their upcoming UK and European tour. This website, which can be found at www.the-musical-box.com (not to be confused with the band's official website, www.themusicalbox.net), includes tour dates, a picture gallery, interviews, and most importantly - details of how to buy tickets for specially reserved seating not available via the usual box office outlets! These reserved seating tickets are only available via the official TMB UK Tour website!
The Musical Box UK Tour - tickets go on sale
All being well, tickets for The Musical Box should be available for sale today – Thursday, February 14. The exceptions to this might be Nottingham and Manchester, who may not have their box office ready until Friday February 15. The following list provides the dates of the shows and the box office phone numbers. Additionally, a limited quantity of the best seats are being retained for sale only on The Musical Box web site and this facility should be up and running over the weekend. It will not be possible to make credit card bookings via The Musical Box web site, only payments by UK cheque will be accepted.
Tickets will also be available direct from many of the venues on-line and as soon as this facility is set up, details will be given. Hopefully this will be in the next few days. Stay tuned for more news!
Exclusive - The Musical Box to tour the UK
TWR are very happy and proud to exclusively announce the upcoming tour of Canada's Genesis tribute band, The Musical Box. The news is as follows:
"The Musical Box are very pleased to announce that a UK tour with the 'Selling England By The Pound' show has been planned for May 2002 and the dates are as follows:
Details of how, where and when tickets will on sale will be announced next week. A limited number of the best seats will only be available via The Musical Box web site at www.themusicalbox.net, and details of these will be updated on the site next week."
Ray Wilson "Unplugged"
Ray Wilson took this year's Edinburgh International Festival by storm with a total of no less than thirteen sell-out gigs! Having seen Ray live not only with Genesis but also with both Cut and Stiltskin, it is great to finally have a live CD from the man himself! TWR will be reviewing the disc in our next edition. The disc, entitled "Ray Wilson Unplugged", captures the essence of the gigs at the Festival and Ray pulled off class performances of the following tracks:
In The Air Tonight / Inside / Rest In Peace / Shipwrecked / Not About Us / Another Day / Sarah / Gypsy / Swing Your Bag / Always In My Heart / Lover's Leap / The Carpet Crawlers / Biko / Mama / ForeverYoung / Desperado / Born To Run / The Airport Song
The disc is soon to be available via Ray's own web site - www.raywilson.co.uk - and TWR will running a competition to win signed copies of the album early in the New Year! Don't forget that Ray is also performing at next year's "Genesis Weekend" in Crewe on Friday, April 5, and also at Alexanders in Chester on April 4.
Ray Wilson acoustic gig
Ray will be launching his new album with a special acoustic performance at Alexanders in Chester on April 4, 2002, the night before he takes the stage at the beginning of "The Genesis Weekend" at The Limelight Club in Crewe. This promises to be a special performance and tickets will be available shortly direct from the venue at a cost of £10. If you need further information contact Alexanders directly on 01244 340005 - see you there!
Genesis Tribute Band News
A fifth band has joined the line-up for the Genesis Weekender next April - Acoustic Moods join Invisible Touch, G2enesis, Face Value and In The Cage at the Limelight Club in Crewe, Cheshire, and will play a special set during the event.
TWR have also been hearing from the grapevine about a new tribute band related to the Genesis family tree: the first UK-based Peter Gabriel tribute band, Sledgehammer, play their first ever gig - also at the Limelight Club in Crewe - on December 10, 2001. Might be worth checking out!
Genesis Live DVD News
At last! "The Way We Walk - Live In Concert" DVD has finally appeared. Featuring over 8 hours of footage from the 1992 Earls Court concerts, spread over two discs, throughout which you can control your viewing angle so as to enable you to analyse your favourite muso's playing technique whilst listening to glorious 5.1 surround sound in the comfort of your own home. The accompanying commentary by the band members and the archive of photographic and other images will keep any Genesis fan amused for ages - another must for the Christmas shopping list!
The track listing is: Land Of Confusion / No Son Of Mine / Driving The LastSpike / Old medley (Dance On A Volcano - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway - The Musical Box - Firth Of Fifth - I Know What I Like - That's All - Illegal Alien - Follow You Follow Me / Fading Lights / Jesus He Knows Me / Dreaming While You Sleep / Home By The Sea / Hold On My Heart / Domino / The Drum Thing / I Can't Dance / Tonight, Tonight, Tonight / Invisible Touch / Turn It On Again
The DVD (GUTDVD1) is released by Gut Vision on November 26, 2001
Hackett Live Archives now available to order
At long last, the Steve Hackett Live Archive is now available for ordering from Steve's website at www.stevehackett.com/archive. The 4-CD box includes a 70s show from Hammersmith Odeon, an 80s show from Rome's Castel Sant' Angelo and a 90s show live at The Grand in Clapham, London. Camino's John Wood says "There's a 40-page booklet full of photos and insights from Hackett himself on the times, the tunes and the cast. In addition we have an extra 70s show (Newcastle City Hall, since you asked) to add to the box and that one will be available exclusively from the website. Steve describes it as 'A gig from the 'Shearer' band. A great drum kit, a great audience and a great noise!'" The first 1,000 copies will be signed by Steve. Also, for a limited period (until Christmas) Live Archive purchasers can buy Kim Poor Fine Art Prints at 50% discount. For those of you who don't live near a website (and if not, how are you reading this) the 'street' release date is November 12 in the UK & Europe. North American retail release is delayed until next year so until then, get it from www.stevehackett.com/archive. For the full lowdown see http://www.stevehackett.com/archive/ - also. audio samples are available at www.mp3.com/hackett. Orders will be mailed as stock becomes available.
The Genesis Weekender - Paul Whitehead confirmed
Paul Whitehead - the artist who created the memorable album sleeve artwork for Genesis on their "Trespass", "Nursery Cryme", and "Foxtrot" releases - has been confirmed as a special guest at next year's Genesis Weekender event at The Limelight Club in Crewe, Cheshire. TWR may well be twisting Paul's arm to produce a special commemorative T-shirt for the event...! The Genesis Weekender will eb taking place from Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7, 2002. As well as Paul Whitehead, Ray Wilson will be appearing on the Friday night, and Saturday and Sunday will feature appearances from tribute bands Invisible Touch, G2enesis, In The Cage and Face Value.
Steve Hackett Archival Releases
TWR can reveal the track listings for the upcoming "Hackett Live Archive" releases. A box set of four discs will be released initially, comprising a 2-CD set from the Hammersmith Odeon in 1979, and two single CDs from Rome 1981 and the Clapham Grand in 1993. A fifth CD, featuring a show from Newcastle in 1979, will be released in Japan and as a Camino Records internet-only purchase in Europe after the release of the 4-CD box. The track-listing of all 5 CDs, in chronological order of recording, is as follows:
|Steve Hackett Live Archive: '70's - Hammersmith Odeon, June 30, 1979|
|Steve Hackett Live Archive: '70's - Newcastle City Hall, October 26, 1979|
|Steve Hackett Live Archive: '80's - Castel Sant' Angelo, Rome, September 13, 1981|
|Steve Hackett Live Archive: '80's - Clapham Grand Theatre, London, June 8, 1993|
The completed sets will also contain a 40-50 page fully illustrated booklet with accompanying sleeve notes and many rare and unseen photographs.
Steve Hackett Rumours Explained
As a result of Steve's recent tour of South America, a number of rumours have emerged - these can now be explained thanks to Billy Budis of Kudos Management...
More Ant Reissues
Anthony Phillips' remaining Virgin Records albums "The Geese & The Ghost", "Wise After The Event" and "1984" are due to revert to Voiceprint Records in 2003. It is hoped that these will be re-packaged and with extra material and, in the case of "Wise...", will hopefully have the original running order restored and the link tracks and EP material (omitted from the vinyl edition) restored to them. The Pavilion, Anthony's fan club will be celebrating its tenth anniversary next year with a second edition of "The Archive Collection" including several archival tracks. There are also tentative plans for a series of "Fan club only" CDs depending on the availability of suitable material as we continue to catalogue Anthony's tape archives.
Hackett Archive Opened
Details are emerging of live archival releases of Steve Hackett concerts from the last three decades. Scheduled for release in October/November 2001, the three dates planned are:
There is also the possibility of a double live CD taken from Steve's "Bay Of Kings" gig in Edinburgh, 1983, in consideration for release early 2002.
Record-breaking Charity Drumathon
Drummer with Genesis tribute band Invisible Touch, Phil Hanuman Divyanjali Durga Duke, will later this year be performing a record-breaking show in aid of the BBC Children In Need Appeal. She will be hoping to break the world record for endurance drumming by performing for 40 hours continuously. The show will include two full gigs, as well as Phil accompanying pre-recorded backing tracks.
TWR can exclusively reveal that the venue for this event, which will take place on November 15 and 16, 2001, will be the ever-popular Limelight Club in Crewe.
Full details of the event - entitled "The Ultimate Phil Collins Tribute 2001" can be found at the website for the project, www.ultimatephilcollinstribute.com. Why not show your support for the event by sponsoring this record breaking attempt?
Latest Phil Collins' News
TWR has received the following information from Phil's PA, Annie Callingham, regarding his current activities:
"He's recently been to LA, where he recorded a few more songs for the new Disney film 'Bears' that he's working on. This is not due for release until 2003, so he has another couple of years work there. He has also been writing songs for a new solo album, there is no release date yet but probably late 2002. The 'Love Songs' album has been postponed yet again with no new release date; this is a collection of old songs but may have a couple of new songs on it. He's also recorded a third BBC Radio 2 series on Big Bands, but I don't yet know the dates it will be aired. Other than that, he's keeping a low profile and enjoying life with Orianne and their new baby, Nicholas.
There was due to be a mini Big Band tour this summer but that was cancelled last year after Phil found out about the baby being due. He may tour after the new album is released but it's only a possibility right now."
The ReGenesis camp has announced, that after their tour this autumn, keyboard player and manager Doug Melbourne will be leaving the band to concentrate on his other band, Melbourne (and for all we know, grow cabbages and children). ReGenesis will be auditioning new keyboard players in the coming months. Taking over the ReGenesis manager's position will be Manir Donaghue, famous for his organisational roles in Genesis conventions. Check out the ReGenesis web site for all the details. As well as the tour dates listed there, ReGenesis will also be performing "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" at The Limelight Club in Crewe on Octber 18, 2001.
The New Official Genesis Web Site
The latest in a series of official Genesis web sites has appeared - and this one is looking pretty good! The site (www.genesis-music.com) is owned by Hit & Run, and promises to be up to date, comprehensive, interactive, and will hopefully one day be a portal to all your Genesis shopping desires as well. More news as and when we get it.
The Genesis Weekend 2002
Here is your chance to get together with like minded fans for a weekend of Genesis and Genesis-related music and events. The Genesis Weekend is the braichild of Ray Bispham and Eric Harvey who between them run The Limelight Club in Crewe and Soundwave Promotions. Soundwave are bringing a LOT of exciting bands (new and not so new) to venues in the North West and this event is yet another in their roster of exciting events.
The Genesis Weekend will be taking place on Saturday April 6 and Sunday April 7, 2002, at The Limelight Club in Crewe. During the course of the two days there will be musical performances by the following bands: Invisible Touch, Face Value, G2enesis and In The Cage. In addition to this there will be the usual mix of video presentations, a display of memorabilia, stalls and several other events.
In addition to the two days of activities mentioned above, the organisers have also enlisted the services of several special guests. On the Friday night Ray Wilson will be performing a pre-weekend gig at The Limelight and Paul Whitehead will hopefully be in attendance over the weekend with a display of his artworks. TWR's very own Alan Hewitt will also be in attendance, with copies of his book "Opening The Musical Box" so don't forget to say hi. Other guests and events and are also being planned and details will be announced as soon as they become available.
Tickets for this event are priced at £20 for the "Weekend" itself with a special ticket for £25 including admission to the Ray Wilson gig on the Friday night. Tickets are on a first-come-first-served basis and are available from either The Limelight or Soundwave Promotions at the following addresses:
The Limelight Club: www.thelimelightclub.co.uk
Soundwave Promotions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accommodation for the event can also be booked via The Limelight. All in all, it promises to be a great weekend - see you there!
Steve Hackett - Tour Dates
Steve Hackett has announced a series of live performances - all in South America. His band will consist of Roger King on keyboards, Gary O'Toole on drums and percussion, Terry Gregory on bass, and Ron Townsend saxophone and flute. The dates and venues are...
|June 28, 2001||Rosario||Auditorio La Fundacion|
|June 29, 2001||Cordoba||Teatro Real|
|June 30, 2001||Buenos Aires||Bristol Martinez|
|July 1, 2001||Buenos Aires||Coliseo Gimnasio|
|July 3, 2001||Santiago||Santa Rosa Las Condes|
|July 5, 2001||Curitiba||Canal De La Musica|
|July 6, 2001||Blumenau||Teatro Carlos Gomez|
|July 7, 2001||Florianopolis||Teatro CIC|
|July 8, 2001||Porto Alegre||Teatro Opiniao|
|July 9, 2001||Rio De Janeiro||Cenecao|
|July 10, 2001||Sao Paolo||Funchal|
|July 12, 2001||Lima||Casa Hacienda Moreyra|
|July 14, 2001||Caracas||Santa Rose De Lima|
|July 15, 2001||Caracas||Santa Rosa De Lima|
|July 16, 2001||Panama||Frogs|
|July 18, 2001||Costa Rica||Melico Salazar|
|July 20, 2001||Mexico City||TBA|
|July 21, 2001||Mexico City||Premiere|
|July 22, 2001||Mexico City||TBA|
Genesis DVD News
Plans are afoot for a new Genesis DVD package featuring live footage and promo videos from the band's history. It is likely to contain two discs; the first being a full concert from 1992's "We Can't Dance" tour supporting multiple camera selection; the second being a selection of the band's video hits, possibly including rare and previously unseen footage - for example the promo for the "I Know What I Like" single. Additionally, disc 2 may include archival footage that charts the history of the band throughout the 70's, 80's and 90's.
More news to follow soon!
The Pavilion, which is to Anthony Phillips what TWR is to Genesis, has now found itself a new, permanent home at The Official Anthony Phillips Web Site. The new site contains just about everything you'll ever need to know about Ant - news, discographies, biographies and much more than TWR could ever have hoped to host. Best of luck to Alan (he's a brave man), site co-ordinator Jonathan Dann, and everyone else involved with the new web site.
The latest mailshot from Steve Hackett's label, Camino Records, contains the following nuggets of joy:
Steve Hackett has provided the soundtrack to a new TV programme entitled "Outwitting Hitler", the story of Marian Pretzel, a Polish Jew who used his skills as a forger to assist the escape of many compatriots from Nazi occupied Poland.
The programme is scheduled to be screened by Showtime USA on April 22 at 7pm. At the moment, UK and European distribution is being sought for the programme - more details as we receive them.
TWR has received news of the screening date of the long-awaited "Genesis Songbook" programme - it will be shown on Sunday April 29, 2001 on Channel 5 at 11-35am. The programme will subsequently be released on video and DVD on the Eagle Rock label.
A Quick Genesis Family News Round-up
It's been a while since there was a news update at TWR - and then all of a sudden we get a load of newsworthy snippets. Here's a quick run-down:
Update - The Genesis Songbook
The "Genesis Songbook" now titled "From The Beginning" is scheduled to be screened by Channel 5 in the UK some time late in April with a subsequent DVD/video release.
Ant Phillips - The Missing Link
Voiceprint Records have re-issued Ant Phillips "Missing Links Volume Two: The Sky Road". The catalogue number is BP329CD, and the track listing is as follows:
Hackett Official Bootlegs
Steve Hackett's record company Camino Records are planning to release a series of "official bootlegs". We don't have much information on these archival recordings of Steve's gigs at the moment, but as soon as TWR learns anything, we'll let you know.
"Genesis Collectibles" by Peter Vickers - a quick review by Alan Hewitt
It seems that the profile of the band has risen sufficiently recently to encourage another long standing fan to try his hand at a Genesis book... As its title suggests; "Genesis Collectibles" is exactly that: a detailed and highly informative examination of the many different areas of Genesis memorabilia. I attempted a small look at this area myself in my own book, "Opening The Musical Box - A Genesis Chronicle" but nowhere near in as much detail as is on display here! And, ironically enough, Peter mentions my book in this one - favourably, I may add!
Peter has been a Genesis fan since the mid 1970's and has been an avid collector of all things Genesis ever since, and his love for the band shows in this project. Just about every area of collecting is covered here beginning with comprehensive sections on singles, cassettes and box set material. Of particular interest to me were the excellent sections on books, tickets and programmes which provided several additional snippets for the ever expanding gig guides as well as an absolute gold mine of visual information. So, whatever area of Genesis collecting is your particular "bag" then there will be something of interest for you in this weighty publication.
Peter is currently looking at having the project published although it is more likely that a private edition may be most likely. If you are interested in finding out more or if you may have material which you think might be of interest to Peter, then contact him at email@example.com.
Genesis in the Press
It would appear that the record and memorabilia press can't get enough of Genesis at the moment, with two separate monthly magazines both carrying Genesis-related cover stories. The February 2001 edition of "Record Buyer" contains a comparison of Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel as singers with Genesis, along with a short history of the band.
More interestingly, in the January 2001 edition of "Record Collector" is the news that an extremely rare reel-to-reel tape of previously unheard demos of pre-Trespass era recordings has recently been discovered. These four song demos, some of which were reworked to form songs such as "Looking For Someone" and "Anyway", are called "Provocation", "Frustration", "Manipulation" and "Resignation" and are all inspired by the work of artist Mick Jackson. The best news is that the half-inch reel-to-reel tape is being auctioned: for more details write to firstname.lastname@example.org.