Friday, April 19, 2013

A-Z Challenge: Peter Gabriel

I've only seen Peter Gabriel in concert once (not counting the DVD of his Secret World Tour) and it ranks as one of the top 5 shows I have ever seen.  The music was spot-on perfect.  Not in a "Why didn't I just go home and listen to the CD" kind of way, but just...perfect.

Peter Gabriel is a musician and a showman.  Thankfully, he ditched the flower costume:


Not that it didn't have it's place in rock history.  It just reminds me of this:


But don't think that lessens my admiration for the man and his music. With Tony Levin as his resident bassist, and pulling in a range of other musicians and music influence from around the world, he is the consummate artist.  He also has a voice that is instantly recognizable.

It's tough singling out a song, he has so many great ones, but I'm going for this version of "Steam" from the Secret World Tour.  Check out Tony Levin's funk fingers...drumsticks that have been cut down and strapped to his fingers to give an extra percussive slap to a driving bass line:

6 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

He was quite the showman when he was with Genesis as well.

myriteofpassage said...

I couldn't find Steam on iTunes but I put Utopia on the list. Thanks for sharing. -Belinda.

Matthew MacNish said...

One of my favorite artists of the 80s.

Johanna Garth said...

My husband LOVES Peter Gabriel. Sometimes I have to hide the CDs ;)

~Brandy~ said...

I need to listen to more Peter Gabriel, but I could listen to The Book of Love over and over and over again.

Cheers from Brandy at brandysbustlings.blogspot.ca

Rachna Chhabria said...

I need to listen to Peter Gabriel. Will do that over the weekend :)