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Steve Hackett of Genesis Shares Insights on His Understanding of Heavy Metal

Genesis’ Steve Hackett Shares His Perspective on Heavy Metal In a recent interview with Ultimate Guitar discussing his upcoming solo album, ‘The Circus and the Nightwhale,’ Steve Hackett of Genesis addressed the question of whether he dislikes heavy metal. As the innovator of the tapping technique, Hackett responded:

“Because I came up with tapping so early on, I was really handing something to a lot of the guitarists who were going to lead the charge with that type of band. I don’t dislike heavy metal, believe me. Whatever we choose to call it, whatever the subdivisions are – thrash this and death that and what have you.”

Hackett not only clarified that he does not harbor any dislike for heavy metal; in fact, he also explained that it was one of his influences:

“Metal, after all, that is what engaged me from the age of 12, 13, 14 onwards – getting to grips with steel. I discovered other types later on – nylon guitar, the feel of silk under your fingers. So yes, I am aware of those bands. I’ve been aware of heavy metal players very much.”

Hackett’s Collaborations with Metal Musicians

While Genesis wasn’t categorized as metal, the band played a pivotal role in shaping the progressive aspect of 80s thrash metal. Hackett, influenced by the heavy metal genre, has encountered and conversed with several metal musicians throughout the years. This includes congratulating Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme for winning the European Guitar Awards and collaborating with Bettencourt, Paul Gilbert, and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones on ‘Guitar Wars.

Challenging the Notion: ‘You Can’t Do Anything New In Music

In a previous interview where he discussed the originator of heavy metal, the musician asserted that true originality in music is elusive, emphasizing that everything is a reinterpretation of the past. He expressed the belief that musicians can breathe new life into established elements:
“So, it would be a mistake to think that anything that one could do in music is new. All you do is you put your own slant on it. So I’d like to demystify it and say that whatever I’ve done, I think with enough patient attention to detail, and working with great collaborators, I think that if everyone’s a detail freak, the music will get better.”

Touching on the heavy metal roots, Hackett referenced Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, citing the composition ‘1812 Overture’ as an example of metal due to the cannons. You can listen to the track below.

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