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Friday, 25 October 2013

Steve Hackett carries the Genesis torch

He may have left Genesis more than 35 years ago, but Genesis never really left guitarist Steve Hackett. In fact, the 63-year-old Hackett — who joined Genesis back in 1970, when he was all of 20 — has made the famed progressive rock band a big part of his musical career, both in the recording studio and on the road.

Fans of Genesis will be thrilled to hear that guitarist Steve Hackett has stayed faithful to the band's early material.“To me, it was a crime that there’s no version of the band out there, so I felt it was my moment to say ‘I’m going to do this; I’m going to get out there and play Genesis music,’ ” the 67-year-old musician said by phone recently. Over the past few years, Hackett’s critically-acclaimed live production, “Genesis Revisited,” has earned kudos in Europe, Japan and North America. Earlier this year, a sold-out show with Hackett and his supporting band in London was filmed for a soon-to-be-released Live CD/DVD.

“That show was quite amazing,” Hackett said. “We had so many wonderful guest performers, including John Wetton, Nik Kershaw and Bonnie Tyler. I’m very excited about the DVD and CDs of that night.”

The current “Genesis Revisited” shows are “very adaptable,” Hackett said, accommodating guest musicians and spontaneous moments onstage. Ultimately, he said, “the music is the star of the show. It’s what’s survived.”

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