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Hackett Reflects On Hellish Times For Him and Peter Gabriel In Genesis


05/29/2015
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(Classic Rock) Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has recalled how he and Peter Gabriel endured personal problems during the making of classic album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway - and how they contributed to Gabriel's departure the following year.

The frontman's wife was experiencing a difficult pregnancy with daughter Anna-Marie, and problems continued after her birth. He was also attempting to write a movie with The Exorcist director William Friedkin, all while Genesis tried to create their ambitious 1974 double album.

Hackett tells Prog's Daryl Easlea: "Pete was going through his version of Hell and I was going through mine. My first marriage broke up and I had a son. There was a tremendous amount of guilt - I just wanted to get on with the music, but modern life just kept crashing in all the time."

Gabriel eventually asked for time off in order to work on the film, but the band refused. Hackett says: "Friedkin freaked when he heard he could be responsible for breaking up the band. Pete came back to it."

But the continuing sessions remained tense. "Sometimes they were," recalls the guitarist. "It wasn't easy for Pete - his ideas were really important to him for that project." Read more here.

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