STEVE HACKETT is renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician. He was lead guitarist with GENESIS as part of their classic line up with Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford, that produced acclaimed albums such as SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND (a favourite of John Lennon). With Steve's extraordinary versatility in both his electric guitar playing and his composing, he involves influences from many genres, including Jazz, World Music and Blues. He is equally adept in his classical albums.
With GENESIS, Steve's guitar playing produced some of the most memorable moments, from the sensitivity of his acoustic sound on Horizons and Blood on the Rooftops to the dramatic rock guitar solos of Firth of Fifth and Fountain of Salmacis. As he embarked on his solo career he developed his exceptional range, pushing musical boundaries into exciting areas, inventing new sounds and also techniques such as 'tapping'. His solo career went from strength to strength and the mid eighties not only saw the hit single Cell 151, but also the STEVE HACKETT and STEVE HOWE super group GTR, highly successful in America.
After GTR Steve worked further with many renowned musicians such as Paul Carrick, Bonny Tyler, John Wetton and Brian May, who has credited Steve as an early influence. Steve went on to produce his hit album GENESIS REVISITED. He went even further back to his roots with BLUES WITH A FEELING, whilst continuing to challenge his own 'horizons' with an amazingly eclectic mix of sounds, genres and a sense of the exotic that excites his many followers to this day.
2009's OUT OF THE TUNNEL’S MOUTH, was released to an overwhelmingly positive response from fans and reviewers alike, many of them proclaiming it his best ever. This was followed by BEYOND THE SHROUDED HORIZON released in 2011. In 2012 Steve collaborated with Chris Squire of Yes on the "SQUACKETT" album A LIFE WITHIN A DAY. His last album THE NIGHT SIREN charted in several countries and reached No 28 in the UK.
GENESIS’S induction into the ROCK and ROLL HALL OF FAME in March 2010 stands as a testament to the enduring qualities of their music. Steve has always held a torch for the classic Genesis music. His GENESIS REVISITED II, a double CD, involved several iconic artists and contains many Genesis favourites. It was released in late October 2012. A Genesis Revisited worldwide tour in 2013 was followed by a Genesis Extended tour in 2014 and has continued to tour his particular brand of GENESIS REVISITED by popular demand, interspersed with the might and majesty of his own solo material.
With the announcement of his climactic 2019 tour of SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND with the 40th anniversary of his inaugural solo album SPECTRAL MORNINGS, Steve has ignited huge interest throughout the world to witness this spectacular show.
Supported by some of the best musicians on the planet, Steve's unique guitar work remains the fulcrum on which this challenging and exhilarating show is balanced. DO NOT MISS IT !
STEVE’S next solo album is due for imminent announcement and will be released in early 2019.