Photos by G.
I’m a huge fan of Peter Gabriel, so you can imagine how excited I was to see this legend at his first of 2 sold-out shows at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on May 2, 2010. I saw his last tour “Growing Up” in Los Angeles in the early 2000s, and I loved it. This show was extra special as it was widely advertised there would be no drums or guitars and instead, Peter Gabriel would be performing with an orchestra! This 2-city US Tour (the other stop is LA) is in support of Peter’s latest album, “Scratch My Back,” a collection of cover versions. As big of a fan as I am, I think his latest album is mostly a snooze-fest as he seems to suck all the life out of the songs he chose to sing. I was afraid he would perform the album in its entirety and my nightmares were realized tonight as the first set comprised of “Scratch my Back” from start to finish. I will say this, seeing Peter Gabriel perform the album live with an orchestra was anything but boring. He had a really cool LED screen in the background that changed into all kinds of crazy kaleidoscopic colors. When he sang, you could hear a pin drop in the 5,000 seat venue. However, as soon as the songs finished, the crowd took every opportunity to yell out their requests. As in the past, Peter Gabriel is very punctual and he came onto the stage exactly at the stroke of 8 o’clock. He told us what to expect this evening: the first set would be the entire new album from start to finish to be followed by a short break and then he’d come back and do some of his tunes. He then introduced opening act, Scandinavian singer Ane Brun, who was also one of Gabriel’s background singers. She performed a brief 2-song set andPeter Gabriel started the show around 8:15 pm. During the second set, he played favorites such as “Digging In The Dirt,” “Red Rain” (which made its orchestral debut tonight), “In Your Eyes,” “SolsburyHill,” “The Rhythm of the Heat,” “San Jacinto” and “Don’t Give Up.” Absent from the set (not surprisingly due to their arrangements), were “Shock The Monkey,” “Sledgehammer,” “Big Time,” the entire 2nd and 3rd solo albums and “Steam.” You don’t know what I would have given to have heard an orchestral rendition of “Not One of Us,” or “Here Comes the Flood,” but perhaps he’ll read my blog and add them to the set down the road.
See more pictures of Peter Gabriel as well as the set list after the jump.
The set list for Peter Gabriel at Radio City Music Hall on May 2, 2010 was:
01 “Heroes” (David Bowie)
02 “The Boy in the Bubble” (Paul Simon)
03 “Mirrorball” (Elbow)
04 “Flume” (Bon Iver)
05 “Listening Wind” (Talking Heads)
06 “The Power of the Heart” (Lou Reed)
07 “My Body Is a Cage” (Arcade Fire)
08 “The Book of Love” (The Magnetic Fields)
09 “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today” (Randy Newman)
10 “Après moi” (Regina Spektor)
11 “Philadelphia” (Neil Young)
12 “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” (Radiohead)
15 minute break.
01 “San Jacinto”
02 “Digging In The Dirt”
03 “Downside Up”
04 “Mercy Street”
05 “Signal To Noise”
06 “Washing of the Water”
07 “Rhythm of the Heat”
08 “Red Rain”
09 “Solsbury Hill”
10 “In Your Eyes”
11 “Don’t Give Up”
12 “Instrumental” (the intro to the song by Peter Gabriel was “here’s a lullaby to put you to bed”).