‘It was great, great fun’: Ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett optimistic about another album with Yes’ Chris Squire

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Nearly a year after releasing a celebrated collaboration with fellow prog legend Chris Squire of Yes, Steve Hackett says another album could be in the offing. The former Genesis guitarist says it just a matter of scheduling.

Of course, Hackett is now in the midst of touring behind his sprawling new double-disc release Genesis Revisited II, while Squire is leading Yes through a series of concerts that include complete readings of a trio of classic 1970s-era efforts.

Still, there was a spark associated with 2012’s Squackett album — which grew out of a Hackett solo project — that makes an eventual return intriguing.

“I think that he would like to do another Squackett album,” Hackett says of Squire, talking to Britain’s Radio Nova 100 FM. “I had great fun doing that with him — because he’s very, very enthusiastic. … From the word go, I could see he was so into it. It was going to be an album of mine, and we ended up making it this thing together. … It was great, great fun working with him. He’s just like a kid when he’s in the studio — or in the living room, where we made a lot of this stuff.”

Squackett’s A Life Within A Day followed an earlier collaboration on Squire’s 2007 Swiss Choir album. Hackett also worked with Squire’s fellow Yes stalwart Steve Howe as part of the mid-1980s supergroup GTR, which produced “When the Heart Rules the Mind,” a No. 14 hit. Still, busy schedules, and even proximity, made touring behind Squackett’s album a difficult proposition — though that is less of an issue when it comes to recording a follow up in the digital age.

“He lives in the States and I live over here,” Hackett says, “and so, to organize that — it’s easier to do an album than it is a tour, because we’re at different ends of the globe.”

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