Steve Hackett Says He Was Lucky To Find Genesis’ Peter Gabriel And Tony Banks

Steve Hackett crossed paths with Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks when he placed an ad expressing his interest in being involved in a new band. In a recent interview with the Vintage Rock Pod, the guitarist talked about how fortunate he was to meet Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks and become a part of Genesis.

“I realized I needed to talk to target idealists,” Hackett said as he recalled the early years of his Genesis career. “If people were idealists and prepared to work hard, they would pick up on an ad like that, so it was a good one. Peter Gabriel phoned me up. I did the audition with Genesis, first of all just with Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks, and they seemed to like what I was doing.”

On how lucky he was, Hackett said “Along with my brother, we were playing things to them, flute and guitar things, harmonica and guitar things, and other stuff that was more dissonant and on the edge, they seemed to embrace it all, and I was very lucky to find them.”

“I think it was a lucky combination where you’ve got two people or two teams of people coming together,” the ex-Genesis guitarist said while addressing his role in the band. “My predecessor in Genesis was largely responsible for holding the band together and coming up with many of the exotic songs they did before I joined, Anthony Phillips. We’re great pals to this day.”

Steve Hackett joined the band when the members were working on Genesis’ third album, 1971’s ‘Nursery Cryme’ which was a follow-up to 1970’s ‘Trespass,’ featuring his predecessor guitarist Anthony Phillips.

You can watch the interview below.