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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Is Steve Hackett’s new Wolflight album cover for real?: ‘I felt pretty nervous at first’

Steve Hackett's new solo album - WolflightYou could be forgiven for having seen the just-released cover for Steve Hackett’s forthcoming album Wolflight and wondering if the former Genesis guitarist was photoshopped in. After all, those are like, wolves and stuff.
Turns out, the photograph is very much real — with only the insertion of a darkened sky and moon done later, Hackett says. Seems on a day off while on tour with his Genesis Revisitedshow in Italy last summer, Steve Hackett and his wife Jo visited a pair of photographer friends. Maurizio and Angela took them into the hills outside of Rome, where an acquaintance rears wolves.
“I felt pretty nervous at first when on entering a large grassy area we were confronted by several full-sized wolves,” Hackett admits, “but the owner reassured me that because they saw him as the alpha male and he was clearly fine with us, I would not be harmed. Apparently, it would not have been so safe if he had not been there!”
Slowly, but surely, Steve Hackett says he gained the animals’ trust — to the point where he was eventually able to approach their tiny offspring. “Amazingly, the wolves didn’t feel threatened when I picked up a cub and started to play with them,” he says. “In fact, I had the feeling they were proud that I was so charmed by their little brood. It was even possible to feed the wolves without them biting my hand.”
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