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Steve Hackett on why he “made the right decision” in leaving Genesis

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Genesis, has shared the reason why he “made the right decision” to leave the band.In an interview with Classic Rock, London-born Hackett shared that “there was an aspect of claustrophobia that invaded my time with Genesis,” he continued, “and I had to work outside the band.

I think if you’re feeling creative and you’ve got that album or that book or that film inside you, you don’t want to let it fester.

You’ve got to get it out there.”“Genesis was becoming a little bit too much of a closed shop and it was affecting my ability to sleep,” he added. “I agonised over leaving the band for a good two years and then I thought, ‘No, I’ve got to make a leap of faith at this point in time.’ And there’s no doubt that I made the right decision.”The lead guitarist was part of the band between 1971 and 1977, where he helped shape their creative arc in the band’s early days.

He has since been cited as an influence on musicians such as Eddie Van Halen and Rush‘s Alex Lifeson.Genesis played their last show together in March 2022 at London’s O2 Arena.

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