Hackett joined Genesis in 1971 after answering an ad in Melody Maker, and made his studio debut on the Nursery Cryme album, released at the end of that year. Audience reaction to the album's longer compositions and onstage theatrics encouraged them to experiment further, and Foxtrot was the result.
“I think Foxtrot was a terrific achievement for Genesis at that time,” says Hackett. “I think there is not one weak track on the album, they all have their strong points and I’m really looking forward to doing the whole album live.
“We were a young, struggling band at that time. By the time we were doing Foxtrot the band was becoming more ambitious. Foxtrot is a must for fans of the early Genesis work. Fifty years ago? It doesn’t feel like those ideas are fifty years old because it was-genre defining, rather than following trends. It still sounds current, now.”
“Supper’s Ready was a sojourn, an odyssey and something that goes down very, very well with audiences now.” Hackett adds. “As part of Second’s Out I’ve been playing the whole of that again, it really has stood the test of time.
Steve Hackett Foxtrot At Fifty + Hackett Highlights tour
Sep 09: Swansea Arena
Sep 10: Cardiff St. David's Hall
Sep 11: Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sep 13: Aylesbury Waterside
Sep 14: Torquay Princess Theatre
Sep 16: Portsmouth Guildhall
Sep 17: Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Sep 18: Birmingham Symphony Hall
Sep 20: Hull City Hall
Sep 22: Gateshead Sage
Sep 23: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Sep 24: York Barbican
Sep 26: Buxton Opera House
Sep 27: Grimsby Auditorium
Sep 28: Northampton Derngate
Sep 30: Sheffield City Hall
Oct 01: Manchester O2 Apollo
Oct 03: Southend Cliffs Pavillion
Oct 04: Ipswich Regent Theatre
Oct 05: Bath Forum
Oct 07: Leicester De Montfort Hall
Oct 08: Liverpool Philharmonic
Oct 09: Brighton Brighton Centre
Oct 11: Bournemouth Pavilion
Oct 12: London Eventim Apollo
Tickets go on sale Friday December 10 at 10am.