Genesis Reunion 'Possible But Improbable,' Says Guitarist Steve Hackett
Steve Hackett calls another Genesis reunion "possible but improbable." But the group's guitarist from 1970-77 remains open to any potential opportunity.
"I'm always up for it -- I've always said that publicly," Hackett, who's currently touring North America with his Genesis Revisited tour, tells Billboard. "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."
Hackett did some new recording for the "Genesis Archive 1967-75" box set and the "Turn It On Again: The Hits Compilation," and he was on board for a mid-00s "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" tour that never transpired. Nevertheless, he says, relations between the Genesis members remain fine.
"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," says Hackett, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Genesis in 2010. "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 has released two "Genesis Revisited" albums, in 1996 and 2012, and he'll release a "Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith" CD/DVD set on Oct. 29 from a concert that won the Progressive Music Award for Event of the Year. Hackett is playing the Genesis Revisited show through Oct. 13 in North America before starting a U.K. run on Oct. 22.
"There's something about it that's a pure crowd-pleaser, but it also pleases me as well," Hackett says. "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."
Hackett is also working on a new album of original material and is booked on April's Yes-sponsored Cruise To the Edge departing out of Miami. He's also likely to do more with Squackett, his project with Yes bassist Chris Squire that released an album, "A Life Within a Day," in 2012, but the guitarist notes that's easier said then done.
"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," Hackett says. "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 ot roost at some point."