February 1, 2007
The group—formed by vocalist Peter Gabriel, keyboardist Tony Banks, and bassist Mike Rutherford, and recently bolstered by the addition of singing drummer Phil Collins—found a perfect foil for their lush progressive folk in Hackett’s sinewy overdriven Les Paul lines and Frippian flair for the experimental (among other things, Hackett was one of the first guitarists to explore two-handed tapping).
Over the next six years, the band would stretch the boundaries of rock through imaginative jazz- and classical-influenced musical concepts, and theatrically innovative stage shows. But such a concentration of creativity wasn’t without conflict. Both Hackett and Gabriel left the fold, frustrated by an inability to push their over-abundance of ideas through Genesis’ democratic structure. Hackett embarked on a re- markable solo career that freed him to dabble in myriad styles, and collaborate with a host of top musicians including members of Kansas and Marillion, Richie Havens, and Steve Howe (in the short-lived GTR project).