STEVE HACKETT Reveals More Info About New Album “Wolflight”

Steve Hackett

Music pioneer Steve Hackett has announced the release of his new solo album Wolflight. According to the man himself, this “wild pack of tracks – starting with a wolf cry – will be unleashed on the unsuspecting on 30th March 2015.”

From a plaintive wolf cry to Steve embracing real wolves (see sleeve above), exploring dark caverns, ancient ruins and tropical lagoons, primal energy is at the root of this album as a springboard to an exotic and exciting adventure.

Wolflight is Steve’s first original solo studio album since Beyond The Shrouded Horizon in 2011.  Primal and orchestral, it retains the Hackett trademark as electric guitar runs right the way through with a regular sprinkling of acoustic.  The concept behind it is a new unexplored chapter in the guitarist’s career.

The ten tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom. Wandering between parallel universes, Hackett explores contemporary and ancient cultures, from Greece (Corycian Fire) to the Far East (Wolflight), the USA and Martin Luther King (Black Thunder), but also his very own childhood memories (The Wheel’s Turning) and the unresolved drama of domestic violence (Love Song to a Vampire).

An excited Steve Hackett tells us more about the record: “My new rock album Wolflight is at the ready and lying in wait. It reflects everybody’s struggle for freedom on a journey travelling through both inner and outer space. It explores sounds from as far afield as Greece, Azerbaijan, the deep American South, Sahara desert and beyond, from all our yesterdays, evoking the ancient past”.  

Steve Hackett’s electric guitar plays a powerful role, whilst we also hear him on acoustic guitar, Arabian lute and twelve string, along with his strong lead vocals.  Guest Musicians include long time collaborators Roger King (Keyboards & programming), Gary O’Toole (drums), Rob Townsend (sax, duduk), Nick Beggs (bass & stick) and Amanda Lehmann (harmony vocals).  Malik Mansurov on tar and Sara Kovaks on didgeridoo add an extra exotic element, plus YES bassist Chris Squire plays on Love Song to a Vampire and Hugo Dagenhardt plays drums on Dust and Dreams.   The innovative song writing team includes Steve Hackett, his wife Jo Hackett and also Roger King.

Track list as follows:

  1. Out of the Body
  2. Wolflight
  3. Love Song To a Vampire
  4. The Wheel’s Turning
  5. Corycian Fire
  6. Earthshine
  7. Loving Sea
  8. Black Thunder
  9. Dust and Dreams
  10. Heart Song

Let Steve Hackett’s magic guitar lead you like Pan’s flute through a primordial dream of love, struggle and liberation. Take the journey to freedom with Wolflight; taking off 30th March.

Steve will embark upon his Acolyte To Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour in October 2015, with 19 UK showsHackett states: “I’m excited to embrace Genesis Revisited once more on my tour whilst also celebrating 40 years of Voyage of the Acolyte, playing several Hackett favourites and introducing my new Wolflight album.”

Full Dates Are:

October 2015

Tue 6th                        GUILDFORD            GLive                                                  0844 249 4300

Wed 7th                      LONDON                   O2 Shepherds Bush Empire        0844 477 2000

Fri 9th                          NORTHAMPTON     Derngate                                           01604 624 811

Sat 10th                      CARDIFF                   St David’s Hall                                 02920 878 444

Sun 11th                     SOUTHAMPTON      02 Guildhall                                      02380 632 601

Tue 13th                     BASINGSTOKE        The Anvil                                            01256 844 244

Wed 14th                    YORK                         Barbican                                            0844 854 2757

Fri 16th                        ABERDEEN              Music Hall                                         01224 641 122

Sat 17th                      GATESHEAD            The Sage                                          0191 443 4661

Sun 18th                     GLASGOW                Royal Concert Hall                          0141 353 8000

Tue 20th                     LEEDS                       Town Hall                                          0113 224 3801

Wed 21st                    LLANDUDNO           Venue Cymru                                   01492 872 000

Fri 23rd                       LIVERPOOL              Philharmonic                                    0151 709 3789

Sat 24th                      LEICESTER              de Montfort Hall                                0116 233 3111

Sun 25th                     SALFORD                 The Lowry                                         0843 208 6000

Tue 27th                     IPSWICH                   Regent Theatre                                01473 433 100

Wed 28th                    BRISTOL                   Colston Hall                                     0844 770 1797

Fri 30th                        BIRMINGHAM           Symphony Hall                                 0121 345 0602

Sat 31st                      SOUTHEND                         Cliffs Pavilion                                   01702 351 135

Tickets for all shows (apart from London) £29.50, £27.50; London: £37.50 level one, £33.50; (All tickets subject to booking fee).  24-hour ticket hotline 0844 338 0000 and Online: BookingsDirect.com.   Showtime will be 7.30pm (plus support).

Cover photo: Maurizio and Angela Vicedomini (Iconphoto.ch)

Steve Hackett - Wolflight

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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