Peter Gabriel inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
It's been 13 years since Peter Gabriel released "Up," his last collection of original music. Yes, he did record a covers album called "Scratch My Back" in 2010, but new music from Gabriel had been almost non-existent the past decade or so.
That changed on November 20, 2014 when Gabriel opened a concert in Turin, Italy with a new piano ballad titled "What Lies Ahead." It was one of the biggest changes to his set list since the singer went out on tour back in the fall of 2012. Fans would note he replaced "O But," another original debuted during the trek, with "What Lies Ahead." The new song also opened Gabriel's next concert the following night in Bologna, Italy.
Gabriel recently spoke to Rolling Stone about the 25th anniversary of his Real World record label, and he talked about the type of music he's been working on in recent years. He said, "I'm trying to do some happy stuff. Even now. 'Cause it's very easy for me to fall into some moody stuff. I wanna do something that's more dance-y, and more like an organic dance record."
Gabriel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014. He thanked his long-time bandmates by name – including David Rhodes, Tony Levin and Manu Katche – as well as his many musical collaborators over the years. He ended his induction speech by saying, "Watch out for music. It should come with a health warning. It can be dangerous. It can make you feel so alive, so connected to the people around you. And occasionally, it can make you very, very happy."
Gabriel earns nomination to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Updated 10/18/13)
Peter Gabriel is about to get his first shot at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is among 16 artists to earn a nomination, and now fans will help decide who gets in.
Gabriel is among an eclectic group of musicians to be considered for the aforementioned honor, joining everyone from LL Cool J and Cat Steven to Hall and Oates, Yes and the Zombies. Across the board, "The nominees represent a broad definition of 'rock 'n' roll' and include an array of artists whose fans are deeply passionate about the possibility of induction," said Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.
The stalwart Gabriel recently released his fourteenth solo album, "I'll Scratch Yours," a companion piece to his 2010 cover album "Scratch My Back." When flipped and taken together, the recordings actually comprise an entire, coherent sentence. Additionally, "Scratch My Back" is Gabriel singing covers of 12 artists; And "I'll Scratch Yours" features those same 12 artists doing covers of his songs.
In the fall of 2012, Gabriel embarked the Back to Front Tour in which he performed his entire "So" album to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Following the tour he talked about wanting to take time off to spend with his family – but instead the European leg of the 'Back To Front' tour is now in full swing. Each night before the performance audiences can hear a specially selected collection of music from Real World Records, the label Peter founded 25 years ago.
Gabriel's launches "Back to Front" tour (Updated January 10, 2013)
On May 22, 2012 it was announced through Peter Gabriel's web site that a new tour would be "focusing on the entirety of the multi-platinum "SO" album. The tour, entitled "Back to Front", featured Gabriel with many of the members of the original band he toured with 25 years ago, along with the album's songs from start to finish plus some of his other biggest hits.
The tour kicked off September 9 in Quebec City, and the front leg wrapped at the Santa Barbara Bowl in California in October. The set list included a four song acoustic intro, six songs played with the entire band, nine songs from "So" and a two song encore. The tour received heavy critical acclaim, with one calling it a more honest and intimate performance than ever witnessed in a large arena. Rolling Stone described crowds as 'euphoric' and noted that, 'despite the many physical changes [Gabriel] has undergone over the past few decades, he lost none of his flair for showmanship.'
Gabriel will be taking the 'Back To Front' tour into Europe in Autumn 2013. He recently announced, via his website, a new app that will allow fans to remix songs from the classic 1986 album, "So." The "MusicTiles" app launched in the Apple App store on January 8, 2013. The app includes songs of the original album -- including "Sledgehammer," "In Your Eyes" and "Big Time" -- but also contains new versions of each song in different, modern styles (including electronica and industrial) for the fans "to play with and develop according to their own individual taste."
A History of Peter Gabriel tickets
Singer and songwriter Peter Gabriel has certainly garnered a broad swath of fans over his more than 40 years of making music, due in large part to the vast expanse of interest and musical curiosity he has explored in his career. Born in 1950 in Surrey, England, Gabriel embarked on his career as a musician in 1967 when he started the progressive rock band Genesis with his prep schoolmates Tony Banks on keyboards, Anthony Phillips on guitar, Mike Rutherford on bass, and Chris Stewart on drums. An early experimenter during Genesis concerts with bizarre costumes, stage lighting and theatrical interludes between songs, Gabriel set the tone for his band's reputation as a group not afraid to venture beyond convention. The bands success was built on their live shows, in fact, with Gabriel's haunting melodies and lyrics, and his theatricality. The band's albums also explored philosophical concepts and theatrical devices, particularly after its inaugural release, "From Genesis to Revelation", in 1969. The 1970 album "Trespass" paved the way for the band's albums throughout the rest of the decade, such as "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway", recorded in 1974, now with Phil Collins on drums and vocals. Gabriel left Genesis, however, in 1975 as Collins assumed the band's leadership, and embarked on a solo career that surpassed the success of the band he founded.
Like No Other
Peter Gabriel continued to set himself apart as a solo artist, working intriguing lyrics among his melodies, such as in his songs 'Games Without Frontiers' from his second solo album (his first four solo albums were titled, simply, "Peter Gabriel" but have since been assigned one-word titles), and 'Shock the Monkey' and 'I Have the Touch,' both from "Peter Gabriel 4" since titled "Melt". His 1986 album "So" , featuring the blockbuster singles 'Sledgehammer,' 'Don't Give Up,' 'In Your Eyes' and 'Big Time,' brought Peter Gabriel international fame and made him a household name. He has continued a steady recording and performing career, releasing "Scratch My Back, I'll Scratch Yours" in 2010, and continuing to attract arenas full of fans. After more than four decades exploring the extreme parameters of rock music, his shows still inspire fans to snatch up Peter Gabriel tickets.
Peter Gabriel Adds New UK Dates to His ‘Back to Front’ Tour
Legendary English rocker Peter Gabriel has announced additional tour dates in the United Kingdom to his already in progress “Back to Front” arena tour. After playing stadiums in parts of Eastern Europe and Scandinavia in May, Gabriel and crew will kick off this newly announced leg at Birmingham LG Arena on November 28. From there…Read more
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