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Steve Hackett Discusses Early Genesis

Financial Times - Graham Fuller

The prog-rock maestro looks back on his music with the band as he prepares to hit the road with a ‘Foxtrot at 50’ tour

Genesis might have rocked themselves into extinction with their final concert at London’s O2 Arena in March, but guitarist Steve Hackett is far from finished with the songs he co-wrote and performed during his 1971-77 tenure with the band. Next month, Hackett and his own group will begin a 25-date UK tour marking the 50th anniversary of Foxtrot, the second of the six Genesis studio albums he burnished with pastoral arpeggios, soaring solos and occasional bellicose riffs.

“I think it sounds better and better with the passing of time,” says Hackett, 72, of the Foxtrot album. He’s an affable interviewee, but he’s also assiduous about safeguarding his contribution to Genesis’s history, pointing out that it was his idea to join the disparate songs that make up “Supper’s Ready” in a cohesive suite.

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Steve Hackett & his band have just completed a run of shows in New Zealand and Australia, and will continue their ‘Seconds Out & More’ tour in Japan, Europe and North America throughout the rest of year. In September and October 2022, they will present their ‘Foxtrot at Fifty’ 25-date tour in the UK arriving at Sheffield City Hall on 30 Septmeber 2022.