Wednesday, December 09, 2009

News: Peter Gabriel Live in London and New Album

It appears that Mr. Procrastinate is actually heading back on stage. It seems that his new concert, called 'New Blood', will feature no drums and no guitars. Is Pete going A Capella? Hardly. It seems that he will be utilizing an orchestra as his backing band of choice. So far there is only one show confirmed thus far, March 27th 2010 in the fancy shmancy O2 Arena in London. Tickets are very very expensive and I'd guess will be very sold out very quickly.

Did I mention that he sorta has a new album coming out? I say 'sorta' mainly due to the fact that it will consist solely of an odd ball selection of cover songs and not an original composition for miles around. I'm not terribly excited for this personally. I did quite enjoy Gabriel's last solo outing, seemingly almost a decade ago. It resembled a return to his artsy roots that I for one think is his natural habitat. All that Sledgehammer nonsense may have been fun and all, and sold plenty of merchandise to boot, but in reality Peter Gabriel belongs on the fringe of experimentation. Agree? Disagree? Couldn't care less? Leave a comment or email me progrockblog@gmail.com.

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With only 2 months and 6 days to go until the release of 'Scratch My Back' on February 15th 2010, details are gradually escaping the studio. We thought we'd open the door a little wider here. You may have seen the now finalised track-listing and running-order we published in the 'news' section - if so, it will be no surprise to read that the album will feature Peter's recordings of Heroes (David Bowie), The Boy in the Bubble (Paul Simon), Mirrorball (Elbow), Flume (Bon Iver), Listening Wind (Talking Heads), The Power of the Heart (Lou Reed), My Body is a Cage (Arcade Fire), The Book of Love (The Magnetic Fields), I Think it's Going to Rain Today (Randy Newman), Apr├Ęs Moi (Regina Spektor), Philadelphia (Neil Young) and Street Spirit (Fade Out) (Radiohead).


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