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Friday, 13 February 2015

Steve Hackett goes deep on Genesis, solo work and GTR: ‘It was a fusion of influences’

Even as he celebrates a 65th birthday today, Steve Hackett is preparing a new solo album. He has, despite a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career spent in supergroups like Genesis and GTR, never stopped pushing into new areas as a solo artist.
At the same time, Hackett — on more than one occasion — has made deep dives into his own legacy, most recently with the Genesis Revisited II studio album, tour and live sets. But he doesn’t simply engage the past; Steve Hackett reshapes it for a new era, tinkers with it to see if he can suss out new revelations.
If for too long he didn’t get the recognition he so rightly deserved, Steve Hackett has nevertheless emerged more recently as a best-selling concert draw. And Genesis Revisited IIwas a bonafide hit, reaching No. 25 in his native UK — Hackett’s best-charting effort since a run of six consecutive UK Top 40 solo releases ended with 1983’s Highly Strung.
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