Steve Hackett doing an acoustic version of Genesis’ ‘Invisible Touch’? That just happened

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Over the years, Steve Hackett has made his passion for Genesis clear — to a point. He’s lobbied for, and reimagined, and toured behind music from the 1970s period which found him as a participating member.

Which makes this particular one-off moment on acoustic all the more entertaining, as Hackett — during a solo moment on his continuing Genesis Revisited tour — breaks into a snippet of “Invisible Touch,” the charttopping 1986 piffle recorded by the group’s remaining trio, long after Hackett’s departure. Watch as he draws a knowing response from the crowd with the opening riff.

Hackett, of course, was the band’s guitarist from 1971-77, a seven-album run between Nursery Cryme and the live document Seconds Out that formed the bulk of Genesis’ resume for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Other than brief reunions in 1982 and 1999, though, he’s operated separately from Genesis — even as Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford scaled the pop charts into the 1980s.

By 1996, however, Hackett was ready to take a look back with Watcher of the Skies: Genesis Revisited. A follow up project, titled Genesis Revisited II, arrived in 2012. Hackett, who had his own pop ’80s-era successes with GTR, has mounted several successful tours focused on Genesis since then — though he’s said that a new solo album will follow in 2015.

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