STEVE HACKETT to Release New Album “Wolflight” on March 30th

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.”

A short video message from Steve can be viewed below.

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.

The track-listing for the album is 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

Steve has also announced UK dates for his tour dubbed ‘From Acolyte to Wolflight – with a sprinkling of Genesis’. The set will span his history, from earliest album ‘Voyage of the Acolyte’ celebrating its 40th anniversary to his new rock album ‘Wolflight’, with addition of Genesis songs. Steve enthuses: “I’m hugely excited about the new album and incorporating it into next year’s tour, which will involve both classic and contemporary, with several surprises!”

Dates are as follows:

6 October – GLive, Guildford, UK
7 October – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
9 October – Derngate, Northampton, UK
10 October – St David’s Hall, Cardiff, UK
11 October – O2 Guildhall, Southampton, UK
13 October – The Anvil, Basingstoke, UK
14 October – Barbican, York, UK
16 October – Music Hall, Aberdeen, UK
17 October – The Sage, Gateshead, UK
18 October – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK
20 October – Town Hall, Leeds, UK
21 October – Venue Cymru, Llandudno, UK
23 October – Philharmonic, Liverpool, UK
24 October – de Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK
25 October – The Lowry, Salford, UK
27 October – Regent Theatre, Ipswich, UK
28 October – Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
30 October – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
31 October – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, UK

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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