STEVE Hackett will follow up last October's sold-out Genesis Revisited Extended concert at York Barbican with a return visit on October 14 on a tour whose title is a right old mouthful.

The former Genesis guitarist will present Acolyte To Wolflight with Genesis Revisited, The Total Experience, a show that will span Hackett's solo history to mark the 40th anniversary of his first album, Voyage Of The Acolyte, and the release of his new rock record, Wolflight. Genesis songs will feature on the set list too.

"I'm hugely excited about the new album and incorporating it into this year's tour, which will involve both classic and contemporary with several surprises," says the ever-pioneering Hackett. "The album's wild pack of tracks – starting with a wolf cry – will be unleashed on the unsuspecting on 30th March 2015.”

From that plaintive wolf cry to Hackett sitting with real wolves on the album sleeve, the album will explore dark caverns, ancient ruins and tropical lagoons as "a springboard to an exotic and exciting adventure", where the new new songs form a "primordial dream of love, struggle and liberation".

Wolflight is Hackett’s first original solo studio album since Beyond The Shrouded Horizon in 2011. Primal and orchestral, it retains the Hackett trademark of electric guitar with a regular sprinkling of acoustic as the ten tracks take a journey through space and time to look at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom.

Wandering between parallel universes, Hackett's songs take in contemporary and ancient cultures, from Greece in Corycian Fire to the Far East in the title track and the United States and Dr Martin Luther King in Black Thunder. He also considers his childhood memories in The Wheel’s Turning and the unresolved drama of domestic violence in Love Song To A Vampire.

Hackett contributes not only electric and acoustic guitar but also twelve-string guitar and Arabian lute and lead vocals. His guest musicians include long-time collaborators Roger King, keyboards and programming, Gary O’Toole, drums, Rob Townsend, saxophone and duduk, Nick Beggs, bass, and Amanda Lehmann, harmony vocals, while Malik Mansurov and Sara Kovaks add exotic elements on tar and didgeridoo respectively.

Yes bassist Chris Squire plays on Love Song To A Vampire and Hugo Dagenhardt is the drummer for Dust And Dreams, and Hackett is joined in the song-writing team by his wife Jo Hackett and Roger King.

“My new rock albumWolflight is at the ready and lying in wait," says Hackett.

"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."

Wolflight will be issued as a special edition CD and Blu-ray mediabook, a gatefold vinyl double LP and CD, a jewel-case standard CD and digital download. Looking further ahead, the 19-date tour also will visit Leeds Town Hall on October 20.

Tickets for his 7.30pm show in York cost £29.50 or £27.50 on 0844 854 2757 or at; Leeds tickets are on sale at the same prices on 0844 338 0000 or at

“I'm excited to embrace Genesis Revisited once more on my tour while also celebrating 40 years of Voyage Of The Acolyte, playing several Hackett favourites and introducing my new Wolflight album," says Hackett.