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Steve Hackett (born February 12, 1950) is a virtuoso guitar player. He first gained notoriety, after replacing Anthony Phillips in the British rock group Genesis in 1970. While a member, besides performing, Steve helped compose and arrange songs, contributing to the band's success. He remained with Genesis for 8 albums, leaving in 1977 to pursue a solo career.
Steve Hackett is best known for his innovative ethereal sounding electric guitar work, and being one the pioneers of a technique called tapping. He is also known for his expert classical guitar playing.
In 1986, Hackett formed the supergroup GTR with ex-Yes and ex-Asia guitarist Steve Howe. Their only album went gold, but Hackett's dissatisfaction with the group's financial management soon spelled the end of the project. While the album was a chart success, it is not a favourite with most fans.
Hackett's subsequent comments on GTR have been ambivalent at best. He once said of the group, "there are artistic limitations with any successful band and it was a successful band." 
He resumed his solo career in 1987, and has released numerous solo recordings since then.
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