Steve Hackett Told Genesis ‘Call Me’ If Reunion Is Planned
Steve Hackett suggested that Genesis considered a reunion to mark an anniversary of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway – but noted that even though he’s ready to be involved in whatever is settled on, it’s “highly improbable” that anything will ever happen.
His comments came after keyboardist Tony Banks recently said he too was interested in a reunion after having seen Phil Collins perform live last year.
Hackett didn’t specify when the discussions among band members took place in his interview with 91.9 WFKP. “I’ve said publicly I’m up for that, whether it’s a reformation to do something like The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, which they initially approached me about,” he said. “I said, ‘Yes, of course, call me if you need me.’”
“The company line is, ‘I wouldn’t rule it out’ – but it’s highly improbably so I wouldn’t rule it in either,” he added. You can hear the interview below.
Hackett has spent several years revisiting and reinventing the music he helped create during his time with Genesis, from 1971’s Nursery Cryme to 1976’s Wind & Wuthering. “It was the last album I did with the band,” he noted of Wind & Wuthering. “I’m just celebrating the fact that it was its 40th birthday. Every now and again there’ll be someone in the Genesis office who’ll say, ‘Oh, you realize next year will be the 50th anniversary of anything that Genesis ever did … but I don’t think there’ll be a reformation, do you?’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m always open to that, but meanwhile … I like to honor and celebrate things.”
He said that former his former colleagues could sometimes be “dismissive” of what he was trying to do, and regretted the “missed opportunities,” such as the failed Lamb talks. “I think something’s going to happen with The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway – God knows what,” he continued. “I can’t answer for anyone else, but it was important then and it’s important now. I fought hard for those songs then, I fight hard for them now. … I’m putting my money where my mouth is.”