Scranton, PA — During a routine campaign stop in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, presidential hopeful Joe Biden announced to a small crowd at Cooper’s Seafood House that he had chosen former Genesis guitar player Steve Hackett as his Vice President.
“I am a huge fan of Steve, and I believe you will be too,” said Mr. Biden, speaking to an over 60 crowd chomping on their all-you-can-eat fried shrimp. “The 1970s version of Genesis is the best. But a lot of people will tell you that Duke was their best work; that they don’t understand their work before that. ‘Too artsy, too intellectual,’ they’ll say. But let me tell you Steve is the real deal. And he sounds best on phonographs. You know, vinyl. Not any of these new-fangled CDs or whatever the youngsters are listening to today.”
Mr. Hackett contributed to six Genesis studio albums, three live albums, seven singles, and one EP before he left to pursue a solo career. He is considered the father of two-handed guitar tapping popularized by subsequent musicians such as Eddie Van Halen, Queen’s Brian May, and the virtuosic guitar wizard, Yngwie Malmsteen. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.
This is his first VP nomination.
With the nod, Democrat operatives hope to unite the many progressive factions that are threatening to defect and not vote for Joe Biden. Many expected Biden to select Senator Elizabeth Warren to shore up the left flank of the party, but according to more than one insider Ms. Warren wasn’t “any good at the guitar.”
Later in the evening, Mr. Biden attended a fundraising concert in Philadelphia featuring Mr. Hacket playing some Genesis favorites. During a performance of the instrumental “After the Ordeal,” a track from the 1973 Genesis album Selling England by the Pound, the former vice president burst onto the stage attempting his best air guitar.
“Isn’t he the best?” Mr. Biden asked the audience who seemed slightly annoyed at the interruption. “Say hello to the crowd, Steve.” At that point, the pair raised their hands and waved at the crowd. “We’re going to take back the White House, and bring some class back to the Executive Branch.”
It’s unclear how this unusual vice president pick will impact the race. President Trump responded via Twitter congratulating “Sleepy Joe” and said he preferred the Phil Collins version of Genesis to the more Progressive Peter Gabriel version. He also said that Mike Pence played the Bassoon in high school and plans on resurrecting the instrument to warm-up the crowd at Mr. Trump’s upcoming rallies in Michigan and Ohio.