John Lennon Once Dubbed A Band “The True Sons Of The Beatles”
Steve Hackett recently had a conversation with Goldmine Magazine, where he delved into his music career, spanning from his solo projects to his time with Genesis, and shared some memorable moments from his musical journey.
During the interview, he reminisced about a comment made by John Lennon regarding the timing of his upcoming album, saying:
“Probably around February of next year if everything goes very well, provided everything falls into place and works at the speed of light, as John Lennon once said. He turned out to be a big Genesis fan, calling us true sons of The Beatles, which was rather lovely. It’s the best review I’ve ever had.”
In 2022, Hackett reiterated Lennon’s appreciation for two bands he regarded as the “true sons” of The Beatles in a radio interview: Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and Genesis. He also disclosed that Lennon had a collection of Genesis records, starting with their Nursery Cryme album.
Hackett has previously acknowledged the profound influence of The Beatles on Genesis. In a 2019 interview with Guitar Player, he emphasized how The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band played a pivotal role in ushering in the album era and shaping British psychedelia, setting the stage for the formation of Genesis.
Celebrating 50th Anniversary With a Live Album
In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Genesis’ Foxtrot, Steve Hackett is gearing up for an exciting tour. During this tour, he plans to treat fans to a special performance of the entire Foxtrot album, including some lesser-known tracks that haven’t seen the stage in quite some time. This anniversary celebration has been beautifully captured in a newly released collection titled Foxtrot at Fifty – Live in Brighton.
This collection is a must-have for Genesis fans, offering a chance to experience the magic of Foxtrot in a live setting. It’s available in various formats, making it accessible to a wide audience. The recording showcases the talents of a stellar lineup, with Nad Sylvan handling vocals, Roger King on keyboards, Craig Blundell on drums, Jonas Reingold on bass, and Rob Townsend lending his skills on woodwinds.
Together, they bring the timeless melodies of Foxtrot to life, allowing both long-time fans and new listeners to appreciate this iconic album in a fresh and captivating way.