Photos by G.
Here’s something you don’t get to see every day – Peter Gabriel performing with a 46 piece orchestra inside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, the same place that the Beatles and the Doors played years earlier, for an hour long webcast for Live On Letterman on November 9, 2011. I won tickets through a contest from the ultra awesome site A Heart is a Spade, and I’d like to take a moment to get on my knees and say THANK YOU!
Peter Gabriel has a new album called “New Blood” and he’s reimagined many of his classic songs without bass or drums and instead with an orchestra! A 46 piece orchestra called the New Blood Orchestra, to be precise. This formula is a bit snoozy to me listening to the album, but seeing it performed live is incredible! Songs such as “The Rhythm of the Heat” and “Intruder” were like edge of your seat thrillers. Peter Gabriel told stories about some of the songs like “San Jacinto,” which was about a person he’d met years ago who told Peter about an initiation ceremony he went through. He dedicated “Mercy Street” to its subject, Anne Sexton and also performed his classics “Red Rain” and “Solsbury Hill.” Look for a tour to be announced and make sure you go, because as if it’s not enough to see the incomparable Peter Gabriel, it’s really great to see him pump some new blood into these classic songs. Check out Live On Letterman’s official site to see a full playback of the show.
See the setlist after the jump.