Peter Gabriel has always used his concerts for something much more ambitious than merely singing his favorite songs live. This Wednesday (April 23), viewers will get a chance to go inside his recent Back to Front tour by way of a concert film being shown in theaters around the country.
“Back to Front” which was highlighted by the presentation of his 1986 album “So” in its entirety, was shot at London’s
Gabriel, who for a second time was inducted into the
In addition, the shows incorporated songs from across his more than 30-year solo career, among them "Solsbury Hill," "Shock the Monkey," "Digging in the Dirt," "No Self Control" and "Biko." (During the 2012 tour stop at the Hollywood Bowl, actor John Cusack appeared onstage with Gabriel, a boom box hoisted over his head during "In Your Eyes," replicating the scene using that song in his 1989 film "Say Anything.")
Between songs, director Hamish Hamilton intercuts interview segments with Gabriel and band members: longtime bassist Tony Levin, drummer Manu Katché, keyboardist David Sancious, guitarist David Rhodes and singers Jennie Abrahamson and Linnea Olsson. I also captures some enlivening bits of choreography with Gabriel and the band.
"It has been wonderful working with Hamish Hamilton again and his very talented team," Gabriel said in a statement. "I feel they have really caught what was unique about the Back to Front tour, both visually and emotionally."
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He also says the appeal of performing an album in its entirety was reinforced for him when he attended one of
While it can be difficult to capture the grand-scale elements that Gabriel often builds into his concerts, the film has the advantage of an inside view of the interplay among the musicians and the dynamics of innovative lighting rigs that swoop and rise during various numbers as if they're mechanical dinosaurs.
Details on locations and tickets for "Peter Gabriel: Back to Front" are available at Fathom Events.
As a sample, here's Gabriel's performance of "In Your Eyes":
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