Steve takes it back to the early days of Genesis

Nad Sylvan with Steve Hackett at the Royal Albert Hall
Nad Sylvan with Steve Hackett at the Royal Albert Hall

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As a member of the classic ’70s line-up of prog-rock legends Genesis, Steve Hackett took part in the recent documentary Genesis: Together and Apart, that saw them all together again for the first time in 40 years.

Alongside a respectable solo career, Steve has been keeping the flame alive from those years with his successful stage shows Genesis Revisited 1 and 2 and now Genesis Extended.

But when he spoke to The Guide, days before the historic documentary was aired on BBC2, he wasn’t happy with the final cut.

‘I was approached to do an album with the band,’ he says. ‘There’s an archive album with the hits of the band over the years, and it also has three tracks from each of the individuals of our solo material. The documentary though, I have to say I’m very disappointed with it. I get to say about two words, which isn’t a lot considering I put about four hours into it and so much has ended up on the cutting room floor.

‘I think it’s very biased, and not very objective. Apart from that I’m thrilled with it. It doesn’t really address my solo career at all.

‘But the album is representational, I’m very pleased with that and we’re all standing shoulder-to-shoulder.’

Those other members, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford have not been involved in Steve’s return to the old music. But he adds: ‘I’m very proud of it and of my involvement in it – I gave it my all for six or seven years.

‘I just take the best of the years ’71 to ’77 and I’m even going back to do a song from the album, Trespass, from the year before I joined, called The Knife. Basically it’s put together via the fans – they tell me what they want. The whole exercise is a huge crowd pleaser – it’s the opposite of trying to educate, it’s entirely to entertain.’

Hackett is at the O2 Guildhall in Southampton next Wednesday, doors at 7.30pm. Tickets are £32 from o2guildhallsouthampton.co.uk