Stephen Richard "Steve" Hackett (born February 12, 1950, in Pimlico, England) is a writer and guitarist. He first gained prominence in the British rock group Genesis in 1970. Before joining Genesis as a 20-year-old, he played in a number of bands, his first recording being with Quiet World.
Hackett's writing, combined with his unique sound and inventive playing contributed greatly to Genesis' success and he remained with the band for eight albums before leaving in 1977 to pursue a solo career.
Steve Hackett is renowned for his innovative and ethereal guitar work and for being a master of a myriad of guitar techniques, including tapping. Though many people often credit Eddie Van Halen for inventing this technique, it was actually Hackett who first mastered it. Songs which showcase Hackett's use of the tapping technique, are "The Musical Box", "Return of the Giant Hogweed", "The Fountain of Salmacis", "Supper's Ready" and "Dancing With the Moonlit Knight". Steve had mentioned that if he'd known that tapping was going to become as popular as it did during the 80s, he would have made an entire albu...