Steve released six studio albums with Genesis between 1971 and 1977 and twenty-five solo albums that feature his virtuosic guitar (he invented tapping!) and much of the spirit of ’70s prog rock. He now works with producer/keyboardist Roger King to create dense, cinematic soundscapes.
We discuss “In the Skeleton Gallery” from The Night Siren (2017), “Love Song to a Vampire” from Wolflight (2014), and “Omega Metallicus” from Darktown (1999). End song: “Anything but Love” from The Night Siren. Opening/closing music: Steve’s solo from “Firth of Fifth” from Genesis’s Selling England by the Pound (1973). For more information, see hackettsongs.com.
Here’s a video of “Behind the Smoke,” also from the new album, and here’s a video for Love Song to a Vampire. If you haven’t heard his albums, start with his first: 1975’s Voyage of the Acolyte. In 2012 he recorded a whole album as Squackett with Chris Squire that you might enjoy. I also recommend his classical work, especially the 1998 album Momentum.
There’s a lot of live Steve available (do a search on Amazon Prime!); here’s a televised show of his classic material from 1978 (with his brother John on flute). Here’s a whole concert with Steve’s band playing old Genesis songs. Here’s Steve playing “In the Court of the Crimson King” with its composer Ian McDonald and John Wetton.