...AND THEN THERE WERE THREE...
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How exactly did Genesis , progressive rock's defining band, manage to survive so much turmoil? The group weathered the loss of key members and a shifting musical landscape to produce And Then There Were Three Then, two years later, guitarist Steve Hackett — feeling constricted as a songwriter — decided to quit, just as punk rock was ravishing England and pushing most prog musicians to the fringes of the music industry. But the seemingly indestructible Genesis silenced their critics with In a way, Hackett's departure was the catalyst for the band's more straightforward approach. The lyrics were also evolving; instead of writing about ancient volcanoes or dueling knights, Genesis were slowly opening their hearts.
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And Then There Were Three The album marked a change in the band's sound, mixing elements of their progressive rock roots with shorter material, and Collins contributing to more of the group's songwriting. The album received mixed reviews from critics, but reached No. To further promote it, Genesis toured worldwide with their new live guitarist Daryl Stuermer. The album was remixed in as part of the Genesis — box set in 5. The band proceeded to edit and mix their second live album, Seconds Out , in August , during which time Hackett left the band as he wished to pursue a solo career.