Steve Hackett Says That Genesis Reunion Is 'Possible But Improbable'
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.24.2013
Don't expect it anytime soon...
In an interview with Billboard, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett said that a reunion featuring the band was "possible" but "improbable". He was a guitarist for the band from 1970 to 1977.
He said: "I'm always up for it -- I've always said that publicly. Every now and again there's an approach and then I find myself saying yes and finding it doesn't really go anywhere. I've jammed with (the Canadian Genesis tribute band) the Musical Box when they were doing the (Royal) Albert Hall in London, so why wouldn't I join up with the original guys? I think it would be wonderful, extraordinary, but you've got to get everyone to say yes, it seems to me -- or at least two guys to say 'yes' and hope that everyone else will follow."
He did some recording for the Genesis Archive 1967-75 box set and the Turn It On Again: the Hits Compilation. He was ready to do the mid-00s The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway tour, but that never happened. He said that relationships between the band members are good. The band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
He added: "We do see each other from time to time, and inevitably I'm always bumping into the guys with just the amount of ceremonies alone we get invited to. That sort of thing happens to you, doesn't it -- the longer you stay in the business, if you're still committed to it and people are listening to you. I think I'm very lucky to have had the indulgence of listeners and fans and had very good fortune and health to continue making noise for a living. I love doing it."
Hackett released two Genesis Revisited albums in 1996 and 2012. He will release Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith, a CD/DVD set, on Octber 29. It comes from a concert that won the Progressive Music Award for Event of the Year. He will play the Genesis Revisited show through October 13 in North America before starting a UK tour on October 22.
He said: "There's something about it that's a pure crowd-pleaser, but it also pleases me as well. The songs have been very good to me. They've been constant companions, and I really do love them and I'm very, very proud of them and it feels wonderful to be able to play a few notes of something and instantly it's recognized. So I'm very fond of this music, not just for the nostalgia aspect. I feel like back in those days we had ideas way beyond our capabilities, myself and the band. I'm a different person now. My fingers do different things. The intention may be the same, but the ability to pull it off is miles better now."
Meanwhile, he's working on an album of original material and is going to be a part of Yes' "Cruise to the Edge" cruise in April, which will leave out of Miami. He will also do more with Squackett, his project with Yes bassist Chris Squire. That band released an album called A Life Within A Day in 2012.
He concluded: "We haven't seen each other in quite a bit; the last time I think I saw him was on the cruise earlier this year. It would be nice if we could do something live on stage together. One of the Squackett numbers would be nice, so I'll be trying to talk my band into that -- or if not that then maybe get to jam on 'Bye Bye Johnny' or 'All Along the Watchtower' or something. Anything's possible. I enjoyed doing that album with Chris; it would be nice to do another one, but what with his commitments to Yes and my commitments to doing the Genesis stuff, it made it very difficult to be in the same place at the same time. I'm hoping it will come home to roost at some point."