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Gabriel’s No Drums, No Guitar Policy

05:01 PM Wednesday 2/3/10 |   |

With dates going on sale soon, Peter Gabriel’s four-date journey through North America this spring promises to be an entirely different experience, even for the former Genesis frontman as he promises nights of “no drums, no guitars” – just a 54-piece orchestra.

Gabriel will be touring in support of his upcoming Scratch My Back album scheduled to land in stores March 2. What makes this album different is that the work features Gabriel’s interpretations of songs by other artists, including Radiohead and David Bowie.

Described as the “Scratch My Back project,” the album is the first of a series of releases in which Gabriel and other artists reinterpret each other’s songs. The selections include Arcade Fire’s “My Body Is A Cage,” Bon Iver’s “Flume,” David Bowie’s “Heroes” and Lou Reed’s “The Power Of The Heart.”

Other tracks on the album are Paul Simon’s “The Boy In The Bubble” (which Gabriel premiered at last summer’s WOMAD Festival), Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today,” Neil Young’s “Philadelphia” and Radiohead’s “Street Spirit (Fade Out).”

Another unique aspect of the album (and tour) is that Gabriel is nixing the usual rock instruments by not including drums and guitars. Instead, Gabriel lined up a 54-piece orchestra for the album and tour.

Oh, yes, the tour. Just four dates, but a lot of Gabriel with the artist devoting one set to the new album and a second set to his own tunes.

It begins April 28 in Montreal at the Bell Centre, followed by two shows at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall May 2-3 before wrapping up at the L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl May 7.

Although the Bell Centre has yet to announce details, an American Express pre-sale for the Radio City Music Hall gigs begins this Sunday, Feb. 7 while the public onsale begins Feb. 16. The Hollywood Bowl show goes on sale Feb. 15. For more information on Gabriel, the tour, Scratch My Back and everything, please click here for the artist’s Web site.


Comments

  1. Studebaker Hawk wrote:

    08:09 PM, Feb 04, 2010

     oh well,hardly one of his tours I'm dying to see.They have grown more and more pricey since Secret World tour,I guess he really wants you to feel the pain of world suffering in your pocket also.They are'nt even his songs which suck.I don't know why he does this now when for a good while he said whoever wants to be a musician in the future will be a musician.You don't have to literally be one.He was acting like it was great what machines were allowing people to do.Makes me wonder how truly serious he will tackle this symphonic stuff,none of which I've heard yet.

  2. SlammingScott C wrote:

    05:41 PM, Feb 04, 2010

    Wow...Lame Seriously? 4 shows is better than none…glass half empty. I saw peter with Genesis on the Lamb Lies Down tour. I had the honor of setting up Peter at the Agora Ballroom in Dallas Texas in the early 80's on the shock the monkey tour. I have seen almost every show he has played in Dallas and one in Houston and Lame NEVER came to mind. Interesting, thought provoking, defiant, innovative, were the some things that came to my mind. Peter has ALWAYS taken chances, this is just one more chapter. Everyone ages, the good ones know how to continue. Is there change when they age sure. Would I rather see the Peter of the 70's or 80's  sure...well maybe not, I like his evolution as he gracefully grows older. Lame I am not so sure about but everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  3. El Perro wrote:

    04:23 PM, Feb 04, 2010

    *Yawn*

    I saw Gabriel 4 times in the 80s and he killed. Saw him again in the early 90s and it was begining to move in the Adult Contemporaty Radio pablum.  Since then, everything I've heard from him as been more boring than the last.  This looks like the final decent into geriatric elevator muzak.

  4. El Perro wrote:

    04:22 PM, Feb 04, 2010

    *Yawn*

    I saw Gabriel 4 times in the 80s and he killed. Saw him again in the early 90s and it was begining to move in the Adult Contemporaty Radio pablum.  Since then, everything I've heard from him as been more boring than the last.  This looks like the final decent into geriatric elevator muzak.

  5. nbarnett wrote:

    11:42 AM, Feb 04, 2010

    Would you want to spend 6 months with just an orchestra?  Not exactly a party every night!  Excpet  for those french horn people...we all know what maniacs they are.  

    www.grahambanks.com

  6. Evster wrote:

    05:09 PM, Feb 03, 2010

    Just FOUR dates? Totally lame.