(I don’t know how I let this one slip by last month. For those of you to whom this is old news – sorry)
Poor old Steve Hackett. When he was in Genesis, he could never get enough of his ideas across to the other band members. One day, he threatened to quit, they mixed him out of the record, and went on to become multi-gazillionaires. Steve managed to maintain a lot of artistic integrity by keeping all his solo stuff in-house. in other words, no major labels were used to get his prodigious and extraordinary solo material to the streets.
And while said material is all pretty good (very good, in fact), old Steve has never gotten the kind of economic remuneration that has been showered on all four of his former bandmates Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Michael Rutherford and Phil Collins, although it should be noted that Collins has three ex-wives.
And now, as Hackett approaches his 60th birthday, he’s being sued for everything he has by his ex-wife. According to the TimesOnline, Kim Poor is making a play for EVERYTHING – including Hackett’s share of his royalties from old Genesis music. Ouch!
Apparently things are so bad that Hackett is working on his new album in the living room of his flat. Double ouch!!
But even with all this adversity, his new record will still be coming out on October 5, and I’ll bet it will be ten times more amazing than anything we’ve heard from Tony Banks in the past ten years!