Watch Steve Hackett perform the Firth Of Fifth guitar solo

Steve Hackett
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Steve Hackett has been entertaining fans during lockdown with a variety of videos, some featuring him playing acoustic guitar, some with him talking fans through a selection of Genesis and his own solo material. Now he's released a video of him playing the guitar solo from the Genesis song Firth Of Fifth.

Originally featured on Genesis' 1973 album Selling England By The Pound, the guitar solo from Firth Of Fifth has long been hailed as "the crowning glory of Hackett's time with the band" by Genesis biographers Dave Bowler and Bryan Dray, while Hackett himself has said "it'll always be twinned with me, and I still enjoy playing it. It's a great melody for guitar".

The new version of the solo has been recorded at Hackett's home during lockdown. "Here’s my latest video, playing electric guitar to a Hackett band live version of the Firth Of Fifth solo... Stay safe and enjoy!" says Hackett. You can watch the new video below.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.