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.” 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 / Wolflight / Love Song To a Vampire / The Wheel’s Turning / Corycian Fire / Earthshine / Loving Sea / Black Thunder / Dust and Dreams / Heart Song
Steve will embark upon his ‘Acolyte To Wolflight with a Sprinkling of Genesis Tour’ in October 2015, with 19 UK shows. The set will span his history, from early albums Voyage of the Acolyte (celebrating its 40th anniversary) & Spectral Mornings, right up to his new album Wolflight. Gig goers will also enjoy some Genesis classics.
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).