Peter Gabriel, 24 Oct 2013
Currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of his landmark multi-platinum album ‘So’, Peter Gabriel is set to bring the tour entitled,
‘Back To Front,’ to the UK in October next year featuring the original live band who toured ‘So’ with him over 25 years ago. Fans can
expect a show which spans Gabriel’s illustrious career including the iconic album performed in its entirety.
The ‘Back To Front’ tour, which began in the US earlier this year amassing stunning reviews along the way, sees Gabriel reunited with
musicians who backed most of his live solo work: bass wizard Tony Levin, guitarist David Rhodes, keyboardist David Sancious and drummer
Manu Katche. As he told the Las Vegas Review:
“It felt strange and very familiar at the same time when we started," he said. "It is strange the way relationships just carry on exactly
the same way they were really, except maybe you hope you've mellowed and are a tiny bit wiser for having lived longer. But I wouldn't put
a lot of money on it."
When Peter started work on this, his fifth album, in February 1985 in an old farmhouse called Ashcombe near Bath he had no idea of the
explosive and enduring impact this album would have. Released in 1986, ‘So’ became one of the defining albums of the era, landing multitudes
of awards, millions of sales and huge hits such as ‘Sledgehammer,’ ‘ Don’t Give Up’ with Kate Bush, ‘Say Anything,’ and ‘In Your Eyes’ –
the song immortalised by John Cusack in the film ‘ Say Anything.’
Describing the time on his website Gabriel notes:
"I think when we played the album back we knew it was good. It wasn’t like I was an obscure artist; I’d had hits with Shock The Monkey,
Games Without Frontiers and Solsbury Hill but after each of them I’d purposefully retreated partially back into the shadows. With 'So' this
was the end of the idea of me being a sort of cult artist at the fringes of the mainstream, especially in America. There wasn’t an option
to go and hide in the shadows any more."
'So' 25th anniversary edition is the opportunity to explore how the album was made, the stories behind the songs, the evolution of each
track and the outstanding live performance of the 'So' tour.
"Time leaves an indelible stamp on everything. When you revisit your past you can no longer live inside it, but you can walk around it,
open up old memories and occasionally catch the scent of some place in which you lived". Peter Gabriel
No tickets will be dispatched for this event until at least summer 2013.