Steve Hackett Announces
New Solo Studio Album ‘Wolflight’
Out On 30th March
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:
Out of the Body
Love Song To a Vampire
The Wheel’s Turning
Dust and Dreams
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 shows. Hackett 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:
Tue 6th GUILDFORD GLive Wed 7th LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire Fri 9th NORTHAMPTON Derngate Sat 10th CARDIFF St David’s Hall Sun 11th SOUTHAMPTON 02 Guildhall Tue 13th BASINGSTOKE The Anvil Wed 14th YORK Barbican Fri 16th ABERDEEN Music Hall Sat 17th GATESHEAD The Sage Sun 18th GLASGOW Royal Concert Hall Tue 20th LEEDS Town Hall Wed 21st LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru Fri 23rd LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Sat 24th LEICESTER de Montfort Hall Sun 25th SALFORD The Lowry Tue 27th IPSWICH Regent Theatre Wed 28th BRISTOL Colston Hall Fri 30th BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall Sat 31st SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion
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).
The album will be released in the following formats: Special edition CD & Blu-Ray mediabook 0507070 2LP & CD Gatefold vinyl 0507071 CD Standard Jewelcase 0507072 Digital Download 0507076