Peter Gabriel live at Radio City Music Hall

Posted by The G on May 3, 2010 under G Reviews | 11 Comments to Read

Photos by G.

Peter Gabriel!

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.

Peter Gabriel: Not One Of Us.

See more pictures of Peter Gabriel as well as the set list after the jump.

Big time!

Games without Frontiers.

Peter Gabriel - Screen Shot.

The set list for Peter Gabriel at Radio City Music Hall on May 2, 2010 was:

1st set:

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.

2nd set:

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”).

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  • b murphy said,

    I’m going tonight(5/3),how long was the concert?

  • G said,

    I think it was just over 2 hours (with breaks). Enjoy and let me know if the set changes! Have fun!

  • selde said,

    The show began at 8 and ended at 10:50. While Mr. Gabriel sang the songs and dominated the mic, it was the conductor (Mr. Foster) that was the star of the evening.

    While being a big fan of Peter’s, I could not believe the massive sound of the orchestra. At times I felt rude while cheering so wildly, forgetting that I was not at Lincoln Center. [Listen for the throwback tune – think true classic].

    All in all, it was a good show. I am looking forward to the DVD release of this show.

    Please allow me one critical comment. A guitar or two with the orchestra would not have hurt! It would have been more massive!

  • G said,

    I think a lot of singers are going to start touring with an orchestra. And Peter Gabriel, once again is trailblazing.

  • Kitty said,

    Thanks for posting this….I am going tonight, and didn’t dare hold my breath that he was doing Red Rain! I hope he doesn’t change the set too much tonight.

  • SlowX said,

    I thought it was an amazing show, both first and second acts. Then again, I (surprisingly) also really enjoyed most of his latest album, so I was a fish in his barrel.

    For me, some drums could have pushed the sound through the roof, however I was amazed at the tight rhythms he was able to get from the drum-free orchestra. (Although I DID see a bass drum.)

    (And I’m glad he DIDN’T play “Freebird.” HA!)

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  • Cball said,

    The last song was The Nest That Sailed the Sky from OVO – a very fitting end to a thoroughly enjoyable evening!

  • G said,

    Aaaah! Thanks Cball for the clarification.

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