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Peter Gabriel

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Oct 2, 2012 – Tue 8:00 PM

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Peter Gabriel: This Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee started out nearly forty-five years ago, in then garage band "Genesis." Known for his on-stage antics and quirky presence, Peter Gabriel and the band quickly made a name for themselves in their native Britain. Now, this living legend is back on the road; Peter Gabriel tour dates have been announced and the rocker is scheduled to perform at thirteen shows throughout North America this spring.

Gabriel formed what went on to become one of the most successful British rock bands of the 20th Century. Genesis was conceived in 1967 with students he met at the Charterhouse School when they were teenagers. A noted flautist, Gabriel contributed uniqueness beyond his stage presence to the overall sound of the band. It was Gabriel's theatrical style, however, that made him and Genesis, stars. Their concerts heavily used black and fluorescent lights, while Gabriel dressed in odd costumes and wore heavy make-up. With increased fame and attention, the tension between band members hit a fever pitch during the recording of the concept album "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway." The album was heavily influenced by Gabriel and the subsequent touring that the band would undertake created jealousy and fighting within the group. Frustrated by the increasingly lead role that Gabriel went on to take as well as the pressures of touring and fame, Gabriel decided that it was time to leave the band following the subsequent tour of the band's concept album.

After recording six albums with Genesis, Gabriel found himself in the unique position of being a solo artist and the singular creative authority that it brought him. Between 1977 and 1985, Gabriel released a total of four self-titled albums that received moderate success on both sides of the pond. Peter Gabriel concert dates used elaborate stage props, costumes, make-up, and of course, were overly theatrical.

It was with his fifth solo release, and first album with an actual title, "So," that Gabriel received huge commercial success. The album spawned the hit singles, "Sledgehammer," "Big Time," and the memorable, "In Your Eyes." Gabriel's theatrical stage presence translated well onto the small screen of MTV, where the video for "Sledgehammer," won several MTV Video Music Awards in 1987. Gabriel followed up with "Passion," and received a Grammy Award for Best New Age Performance and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score, as the album accompanied Martin Scorsese's movie "The Last Temptation of Christ."

Gabriel's next effort, "Us," was less commercially successful than its predecessor, however, it highlighted the artists versatility. Released in 1992, The album also added three more Grammy's to Gabriel's collection in the music video categories. The artist has slowed down production as of late; releasing just two albums in the past two decades to limited commercial success. However, Gabriel has kept himself busy lending his efforts to humanitarian causes, political events, and music distribution. Gabriel's most recent release is a cover album entitled "Scratch My Back," which highlights his continued efforts to evolve musically.

Peter Gabriel is a living rock and pop legend. Don't miss out on the chance to catch one of his theatrical and antics laden performances. Use Eventful as your source for Peter Gabriel tour dates and venue information.

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