Even though he’s one of my all-time favorite artists, I’ve never seen Peter Gabriel live, and this brilliant Blu-ray edition of his 1987 concert in Athens, Greece, Live in Athens, makes me regret that all the more. Because it’s just amazing, and while dated in some ways, puts most modern "artists" to absolute shame.
Peter Gabriel, 63, was born in Surrey. He formed the rock band Genesis at Charterhouse public school and was frontman until 1975, when he left to pursue a solo career. His albums include So, which produced the hit Sledgehammer in 1986. His latest album is And I'll Scratch Yours. This month he tours the UK.
2010 saw the release of Peter Gabriel’s fifteenth album Scratch My Back. The idea behind it was simple. Gabriel would cover songs by artists such as Paul Simon, David Bowie and The Magnetic Fields. In return, they would cover songs of his, which would feature on a companion album entitled And I’ll Scratch Yours.
Peter Gabriel’s Danish fans were treated to an unexpected surprise last week: Gabriel unveiled a new song titled "Why Don’t You Show Yourself" during his performance last Saturday at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark.
With all the excitement surrounding Reflektor, the upcoming fourth album from Arcade Fire, it’s good to remember that behind all the hype are a band worthy of all the praise, as proven in their cover of Peter Gabriel‘s Games Without Frontiers.