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Genesis Reunion Unlikely Says Guitarist Steve Hackett

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There’s nothing stopping a full Genesis reunion, but guitarist Steve Hackett calls the prospect “improbable.” The group still gets along and members bump into each other from time to time, but eventually talks of getting back together fizzle.

“Every now and again there’s an approach, and then I find myself saying yes and finding it doesn’t really go anywhere,” Hackett told Billboard. “I think it would be wonderful, extraordinary, but you’ve got to get everyone to say yes … or at least two guys to say ‘yes’ and hope that everyone else will follow.”

This echoes what Peter Gabriel told Rolling Stone two years ago, and what other band members have hinted at since the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 without performing. Phil Collins is still unofficially retired. Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford are the other members of the classic lineup.

Hackett, who performs as part of Genesis Revisited, said he still enjoys the music. “The songs have been very good to me,” he said. “They’ve been constant companions, and I really do love them and I’m very, very proud of them and it feels wonderful to be able to play a few notes of something and instantly it’s recognized.”

In October 2012, he released ‘Genesis Revisited II‘; the ‘Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith’ CD and DVD is planned for Oct. 29. Hackett is also touring through mid-October with Genesis Revisited. After Gabriel left the band in 1975, the closest the members have come to a reunion was in 1999, when they recorded a new version of ‘The Carpet Crawlers’ for a hits compilation.

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