‘Maybe one day': Steve Hackett updates his new album project, prospects of Genesis reunion

Steve Hackett is continuing work on his first solo effort since 2012’s Genesis Revisited II, and his initial album of original material since A Life Within A Day, a collaboration with Yes’ Chris Squire issued that same year. Beyond the Shrouded Horizon, from 2011, is Hackett’s most recent solo project — the longest such lag since Guitar Noir arrived some five years after 1988’s Momentum.

That said, Hackett isn’t rushing the process. “I’m half way through,” the guitarist confirms in a new talk with Miriam Orlando. “I don’t know how much longer it will take me to finish it. I hope it will be released at the beginning of next year, February perhaps. It all depends on other projects, of course — and how fast I write, and how fast I manage to surprise myself by supplying the answers to a number of answers that I ask myself on a daily basis.”

Between then and now, Hackett will release Genesis Revisited: Live At The Royal Albert Hall. Due on on June 30, 2014 via Inside Out, the concert souvenir finds Hackett working with a group of guests that includes John Wetton, Roine Stolt and Ray Wilson, a fellow Genesis alum.

Hackett is unsure if a reunion with any other members of his old band is in the offing. “I see them, I talk to them,” Hackett says. “We talk socially. Maybe one day, we’ll get married again together for five minutes. Who knows?” After a pause, for effect, Hackett adds humorously: “And maybe not!”

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