- Peter Gabriel
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Peter Gabriel
Img_capt = Peter Gabriel at
Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway, 31 August 1978. Photo: Helge Øverås
Background = solo_singer
Born = Birth date and age|1950|2|13|df=yes
Origin = Chobham,
Instrument = Vocals, keyboards,
flute, drums, guitar, bass guitar, harmonica
Progressive rock, experimental rock, pop rock, soft rock, new wave, world, hard rock
Musician, record producer
Years_active = 1967 – present
Label = Geffen (US & Canada) Real World Virgin Charisma Atlantic (US & Canada)
Associated_acts = Genesis
URL = [http://www.petergabriel.com petergabriel.com]
Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950, in Chobham, [ [http://www.lyricsondemand.com/artistinfo/p/petergabrielprofile.html Lyrics on demand] ]
Surrey, England) is an English musicianand songwriter. He first rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rockgroup Genesis. After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. More recently he has focused on producing and promoting world musicand pioneering digital distribution methods for music. He has also been involved in various humanitarian efforts.
His father was an electrical engineer and his mother, from a musical family, taught him to play the clarinet at an early age. He attended Cable House, a private preparatory school in
Woking, Surrey, then Charterhouse Schoolfrom 1963.
Gabriel founded Genesis in 1967 with fellow Charterhouse School pupils Tony Banks,
Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford, and drummer Chris Stewart. The name of the band was suggested by fellow Charterhouse alumnus, the pop music impresario Jonathan King, who produced their first album, " From Genesis to Revelation".
A lover of
soul music, Gabriel was influenced by many different sources in his way of singing – mainly Otis Reddingand other soul singers, as well as Family lead singer Roger Chapman. He also played the flute on Cat Stevens' " Mona Bone Jakon" album in 1970.
Genesis drew some attention in England and eventually also in
Italy, Belgium, Germanyand other European countries, largely due to Gabriel's flamboyant stage presence, which involved numerous bizarre costume changes and comical, dreamlike stories told as the introduction to each song (originally Gabriel developed these stories solely to cover the time between songs that the rest of the band would take tuning their instruments). The concerts made extensive use of black light with the normal stage lighting subdued or off. A backdrop of fluorescing white sheets and a comparatively sparse stage made the band into a set of silhouettes, with Gabriel's fluorescent costume and make-up providing the only other sources of light.
Among Gabriel's many famous costumes (which he developed to visualize the musical ideas of the band, and to get them press coverage) were "Batwings" (for the usual opening number, "
Watcher of the Skies"), "The Flower" (worn for " Supper's Ready", from "Foxtrot"), "Magog" (also worn for "Supper's Ready", from "Foxtrot"), "Britannia" (worn for " Dancing with the Moonlit Knight", from " Selling England by the Pound"), "The Old Man" (worn for " The Musical Box", from " Nursery Cryme"), "Rael" (the protagonist of the album " The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway"), and "The Slipperman" (worn during "The Colony of Slippermen", also from "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway").
Backing vocals in Genesis during Gabriel's tenure in the band were usually handled by bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford, keyboardist/guitarist Tony Banks, and (most prominently) drummer
Phil Collins, who — after a long search for a replacement — eventually became Genesis's lead singer, after Gabriel had left the band in 1975.
Gabriel's departure from Genesis – which stunned fans of the group and left many commentators wondering if the band could survive – was the result of a number of factors. His stature as the lead singer of the band, and the added attention garnered by his flamboyant stage personae, led to tensions within the band. Genesis had always operated more or less as a collective, and Gabriel's burgeoning public profile led to fears within the group that he was being unfairly singled out as the creative hub of the group.
Tensions were heightened by the ambitious album and tour of the concept work "
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway", a Gabriel-created concept piece which saw him taking on the lion's share of the lyric writing. During the writing and recording of "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway", Gabriel was approached by director William Friedkin, allegedly because Friedkin had found Gabriel's short story in the liner notes to " Genesis Live" interesting. Gabriel's interest in a film project with Friedkin was another contributing factor in his decision to leave Genesis. The decision to quit the band was made before the tour supporting "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway", but Gabriel stayed with the band until the conclusion of that tour. Although tensions were high, both Gabriel and the remaining members of Genesis have stated publicly that Gabriel left the band on good terms, supported by the fact that he officially left 8 months after telling the band it was time for him to move on.
The breaking point came with the difficult pregnancy of Gabriel's wife, Jill, and the subsequent birth of their first child, Anna. When he opted to stay with his sick daughter and wife, rather than record and tour, the resentment from the rest of the band led Gabriel to conclude that he had to leave the band. "Solsbury Hill", Gabriel's début single as a solo artist, was written specifically about his departure from Genesis. [ [http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=393 Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel Songfacts ] ]
Gabriel refused to title any of his first four solo albums, which were all labelled "Peter Gabriel" using the same typeface, but which featured different cover art. They are usually differentiated by number in order of release (I, II, III), or by sleeve design, with the first three solo albums often referred to as "Car", "Scratch" and "Melt" respectively, in reference to their cover artwork. His fourth solo album, also called "Peter Gabriel" in the UK, was titled "Security" in the U.S. at the behest of Geffen Records.
After acquiescing to distinctive titles, Gabriel used a series of 2-letter words to title his next three albums: "So", "Us", and "Up". His most recent
greatest hitscompilation is titled "Hit"; within the two-CD package, disc one is labelled "Hit" and disc two is labelled "Miss".
I & II
Gabriel recorded his first self-titled solo album in 1976 and 1977 with producer
Bob Ezrin. His first solo success came with the single "Solsbury Hill", an autobiographical piece expressing his thoughts on leaving Genesis. In it, he sings, "My friends would think I was a nut...", alluding to his decision to begin a period of self-exploration and reflection, while he grew cabbages, carrots, parsnips, broccoli and a wide range of other garden vegetables, played the piano for long hours, practised yogaand biofeedback, and spent time with his familyFact|date=May 2008. Although mainly happy with the music, Gabriel felt that the album, and especially the track "Here Comes the Flood" was over-produced. Sparser versions can be heard on Robert Fripp's "Exposure", and on Gabriel's greatest hits compilation " Shaking the Tree" (1990).
Gabriel worked with guitarist
Robert Fripp(of King Crimsonfame) as producer of his second solo LP, in 1978. This album was leaner, darker and more experimental, and yielded decent reviews, but no major hits.
Gabriel developed a new interest in world music (especially percussion), and for bold production, which made extensive use of recording tricks and sound effects. Gabriel's interest in music technology is considered by many people to be the spark of his success as it inspired his 1980 "Peter Gabriel 3: Melt" album. Gabriel's third album is often credited as the first LP to use the now-famous "gated drum" sound, invented by engineer
Hugh Padghamand Gabriel's old Genesis band-mate Phil Collins. [cite journal
title = Classic Tracks: Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight"
author = Robyn Flans
url = http://mixonline.com/mag/audio_phil_collins_air/index.html
journal = Mix
date = 1 May 2005] Collins played drums on several tracks, including the opener, "Intruder", which featured the reverse-gated, cymbal-less drum kit sound which Collins would make famous on his single "
In the Air Tonight" and through the rest of the 1980s. The massive, distinctive hollow sound arose through some experiments by Collins and Padgham. Gabriel had requested that his drummers use no cymbals in the album's sessions, and when he heard the result from Collins and Padgham, he asked Collins to play a simple pattern for several minutes, then built "Intruder" on it.
Arduous and occasionally damp recording sessions at his rural English estate in 1981 and 1982, with co-producer/engineer David Lord, resulted in Gabriel's fourth LP release ("Security"), on which Gabriel took more production responsibility. It was one of the first commercial albums recorded entirely to digital tape (using a Sony mobile truck), and featured the early, extremely expensive,
Fairlight CMIsampling computer, which had already made its first brief appearances on the previous album. Gabriel combined a variety of sampled and deconstructed sounds with world-beat percussion and other unusual instrumentation to create a radically new, emotionally charged soundscape. Furthermore, the sleeve art consisted of inscrutable, video-based imagery. Despite the album's peculiar sound, odd appearance, and often disturbing themes, it sold very well.
Gabriel toured extensively for each of his albums. Initially, he pointedly eschewed the theatrics that had defined his tenure with Genesis. For his second solo tour, his entire band shaved their heads. But, by the time of "Security", he began involving elaborate stage props and acrobatics which had him suspended from gantries, distorting his face with
Fresnel lenses and mirrors, and wearing unusual make-up.
His 1982–83 tour included a section opening for
David Bowie. Recordings of this tour were released as the double LP "Plays Live" The stage was set for Gabriel's critical and commercial breakout with his next studio release "So" which was in production for almost three years. During the recording and production of the album Gabriel found time to work on the film soundtrack for Alan Parker's 1984 feature Birdy, which consisted of new material as well as remixed instrumental tracks from his previous studio album.
The Hit Years: "Melt", "Security", "So", "Passion", "Us"
Peter Gabriel had already achieved critical success with his 1980 "Peter Gabriel 3: Melt" album, which included the songs "Games Without Frontiers", "I Don't Remember", and "Biko".
In 1982, he became even more famous for his fourth album which featured his first
Top 40hit in the U.S., " Shock the Monkey", as well as the song "I Have the Touch". The music video for " Shock the Monkey" held the #1 spot on " MTV" for 9 weeks. In America, Geffen records forced Gabriel to call his fourth self-titled album "Security", to mark his arrival on the label and differentiate his fourth album from the other three.
Gabriel achieved his greatest popularity with songs from the 1986 "So" album, which produced three Top 40 hits in the U.S. ("Sledgehammer", "Big Time", and "In Your Eyes"), as well as the single "Red Rain". "Sledgehammer", his signature song (resembling '60s-tinged pop and suggestiveness) was a #1 smash in the U.S., knocking Genesis's "
Invisible Touch" off the top spot. The ballad "Don't Give Up" with Kate Bushwas about the devastation of unemployment. Although it was only a minor hit in the U.S., it was very popular in the U.K.
The love song "In Your Eyes" later became ingrained in pop culture after having been played on
John Cusack's boom box in a scene in the 1989 film "Say Anything...". Gabriel co-produced "So" with Daniel Lanois, also known for his work with U2.
Gabriel's song "Sledgehammer", which dealt specifically with the themes of sex and sexual relations, was accompanied by a much-lauded
music video, which was a collaboration with director Stephen R. Johnson, Aardman Animations, and the Brothers Quay. The video won numerous awards at the 1987 MTV Music Video Awards, and set a new standard for art in the music video industry. A follow-up video for the song "Big Time" also broke new ground in music video animation and special effects. The song is a story of "what happens to you when you become a little too successful", in Gabriel's words.
Gabriel played a prominent role in supporting
Amnesty Internationalat this time, appearing on the 1986 U.S. A Conspiracy of Hope Tourand on the 1988 worldwide Human Rights Now! Tour.
In 1989, Gabriel released "", the
soundtrackfor Martin Scorsese's movie "The Last Temptation of Christ". For this work he received his first Grammy Award, in the category of Best New Age Performance. He also received a Golden Globenomination for Best Original Score - Motion Picture.
Following this, Gabriel recorded "Us" in 1992 (also co-produced with Daniel Lanois), an album in which he explored the pain of recent personal problems; his failed first marriage, his relationship with
Rosanna Arquette, and the growing distance between him and his first daughter.
Gabriel's introspection within the context of the album "Us" can be seen in the first single release "Digging in the Dirt" directed by John Downer. Accompanied by a disturbing video featuring Gabriel covered in snails and various foliage, this song made reference to the psychotherapy which had taken up much of Gabriel's time since the previous album. Gabriel describes his struggle to get through to his daughter in "Come Talk To Me" directed by Matt Mahurin, which featured backing vocals by
Sinéad O'Connor. O'Connor also lent vocals to " Blood of Eden", directed by Nichola Bruceand Michael Coulson, the third single to be released from the album, and once again dealing with relationship struggles, this time going right back to Adam's rib for inspiration. The result was one of Gabriel's most personal albums. It met with less success than "So" had done, reaching #2 in the album chart on both sides of the Atlantic, and making modest chart impact with the singles "Digging in the Dirt" and the funkier "Steam" which evoked memories of "Sledgehammer". Gabriel followed the release of the album with a world tour (with Paula Colefilling O'Connor's vocal role) and accompanying double CD and DVD " Secret World Live" in 1994.
Peter Gabriel employed an innovative approach in the marketing of the "US" album. Not wishing to feature only images of himself, he asked artist filmmakers
Nichola Bruceand Michael Coulson to coordinate a marketing campaign using contemporary artists. Artists such as Helen Chadwick, Rebecca Horn, Nils-Udo, Andy Goldsworthy, David Machand Yayoi Kusama, collaborated to create original artworks for each of the 11 songs on the multi-million-selling CD. Coulson and Bruce documented the process on Hi-8 video. Bruce left Real World and Coulson continued with the campaign, using the documentary background material as the basis for a promotional EPK, the long-form video "All About Us" and the interactive CD-ROM " Xplora".
Gabriel won three more
Grammy Awards, all in the genre of Music Videos. He won the Best Music Video - Short Form Grammy in 1992 and 1993 for the videos to "Digging in the Dirt" and "Steam" respectively. Gabriel also won the 1995 Grammy for Best Music Video - Long Form for his "Secret World Live" video.
After five years of not releasing any new music, Gabriel re-emerged with "
OVO", a soundtrack for the live Millennium Dome Showin Londonin 2000, and "", the music from the Australian movie "Rabbit-Proof Fence", early in 2002. This soundtrack also received a Golden Globenomination for Best Original Score - Motion Picture.
In September 2002, Gabriel released "Up", his first full-length studio album in a decade. Entirely self-produced, "Up" returned to some of the themes of his work in the late '70s and early '80s. Three singles failed to make an impression on the charts—in part because almost every track exceeded six minutes in length, with multiple parts—but the album sold well globally, as Gabriel continued to draw from a loyal fan base from his almost forty years in the music business. "Up" was followed by a world tour and a live concert DVD, featuring his daughter
Melanie Gabrielon backing vocals.
In 2008, Gabriel contributed to the
WALL-Esoundtrack with several new songs, including "Down to Earth".
Musicians & Collaborators
Gabriel has worked with a relatively stable crew of musicians and recording engineers throughout his solo career. Bass and Stick player
Tony Levin, for example, has appeared on every Peter Gabriel studio album (except Passion and Long Walk Home) and has performed on every Gabriel solo tour. Guitarplayer David Rhodeshas been Gabriel’s guitarist of choice since 1979. Prior to "So," Jerry Marottawas Gabriel's preferred drummer, both in the studio and on the road. (For the "So" and "Us" albums and tours, Marotta was replaced by Manu Katché, who was then replaced by Ged Lynchon parts of the "Up" album and all of the subsequent tour). Gabriel is known for choosing top-flight collaborators, from co-producers such as Ezrin, Fripp, Lillywhite, and Lanois to musicians such as L. Shankar, Trent Reznor, Youssou N'Dour, Larry Fast, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sinéad O'Connor, Kate Bush, Paula Cole, John Giblin, Peter Hammill, Papa Wemba, Manu Katché, Bayete, and Stewart Copeland.
Over the years, Gabriel has collaborated with singer
Kate Bushseveral times; Bush provided backing vocals for Gabriel's "Games Without Frontiers" and "No Self Control" in 1980, and female lead vocal for "Don't Give Up" (a Top 10 hit in the UK) in 1986, and Gabriel appeared on her television special. Their duet of Roy Harper's "Another Day" was discussed for release as a single, but never appeared.
He also collaborated with
Laurie Andersonon two versions of her composition "Excellent Birds" – one for her 1984 album " Mister Heartbreak", and a slightly different version called "This is the Picture (Excellent Birds)", which appeared on cassette and CD versions of "So." In 1987, when presenting Gabriel with an award for his music videos, Anderson related an occasion in which a recording session had gone late into the night and Gabriel's voice had begun to sound somewhat strange, almost dreamlike. It was discovered that he had fallen asleep in front of the microphone, but had continued to sing.
In 1998 Gabriel appeared on the soundtrack of "", not as a composer, but as the singer of the song "That'll Do", written by
Randy Newman. The song was nominated for an Academy Award, and Gabriel and Newman performed it at the following year's Oscar telecast. Many who saw him on that broadcast didn't recognize him, as his hair had greyed and thinned since his most recent tour several years earlier. He performed a similar soundtrack appearance for the 2004 film "Shall We Dance?," singing a cover version of "The Book of Love" by The Magnetic Fields.
Gabriel has also appeared on
Robbie Robertson's self-titled album, singing on "Fallen Angel"; co-written two Tom Robinsonsingles; and appeared on Joni Mitchell's 1988 album " Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm", on the track "My Secret Place".
In addition, Gabriel has appeared on
Angelique Kidjo's 2007 album " Djin Djin", singing on the song "Salala".
WOMAD & Other Projects
Gabriel has been interested in
world musicfor many years, with the first musical evidence appearing on his third album. This influence has increased over time, and he is the driving force behind the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) movement. He created the Real World Studiosand record label to facilitate the creation and distribution of such music by various artists, and he has worked to educate Western culture about the work of such musicians as Yungchen Lhamo, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khanand Youssou N'dour. He has a long-standing interest in human rights, and launched WITNESS [http://www.witness.org] , a nonprofit which trains human rights activists to use video and online technologies to expose human rights abuses. In 2006 his work with WITNESS and his long standing support of peace and human rights causes was recognised by the Nobel Peace PrizeLaureates with the Man of Peaceaward.
In the 1990s, with Steve Nelson of Brilliant Media and director Michael Coulson, he developed advanced
multimediaCD-ROM-based entertainment projects, creating the acclaimed "Xplora" (the world's largest selling music CD-ROM), and subsequently the "EVE" CD-ROM. "EVE" was a music and art adventure game directed by Michael Coulson and co-produced by the Starwave Corporation in Seattle; it won the prestigious Milia d'Or award Grand Prize at the Cannes in 1996 and featured themes and interactivity well in advance of its time. "Xplora" and "EVE" can no longer be played on modern PCs, due to changes to their operating systems.
Gabriel helped pioneer a new realm of musical interaction in 2001, visiting
Georgia State University's Language Research Center to participate in keyboard jam sessions with bonobo apes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (This experience inspired the song "Animal Nation," which was performed on Gabriel's 2002 "Growing Up" tour and was featured on the Growing Up LiveDVD.) Gabriel's desire to bring attention to the intelligence of primates also took the form of ApeNet, a project that aimed to link great apes through the internet, enabling the first interspecies internet communication. [cite web |url=http://top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=172 |title=Peter Gabriel goes ape for research project |accessdate=2008-02-18]
He was one of the founders of On Demand Distribution (
OD2), one of the first online music download services. Its technology is used by MSNMusic UK and others, and has become the dominant music download technology platform for stores in Europe. OD2 was bought by US company Loudeye in June 2004 and subsequently by Finnish mobile giant Nokiain October 2006 for $60 million.
Additionally, Gabriel is also co-founder (with
Brian Eno) of a musicians union called Mudda, short for "magnificent union of digitally downloading artists."
During the latter part of 2004, Gabriel spent time in a village in eastern Nepal with musician Ram Sharan Nepali, learning esoteric vocal techniques. Gabriel subsequently invited Nepali to attend and perform at the Womad festival in Adelaide, Australia.
In June 2005, Gabriel and broadcast industry entrepreneur
David Engelkepurchased Solid State Logic, a leading manufacturer of mixing consoles and digital audio workstations. [cite press release |title=Solid State Logic purchased by Peter Gabriel and David Engelke |publisher=Solid State Logic |date=2005-06-16 |url=http://www.solid-state-logic.com/news/gabriel.html |accessdate=2007-11-27] SSL is among the top 2 or 3 recording console manufacturers in the world of recording.
In the late 1990s, Gabriel and entrepreneur
Richard Bransondiscussed with Nelson Mandelatheir idea of a small, dedicated group of leaders, working objectively and without any vested personal interest to solve difficult global conflicts.
On 18 July 2007, in
Johannesburg, South Africa, Nelson Mandela announced the formation of a new group, Global Elders, in a speech he delivered on the occasion of his 89th birthday. The founding members of this group are Desmond Tutu, Graça Machel, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Jimmy Carter, Li Zhaoxing, Mary Robinson, and Muhammad Yunus. [http://dl.groovygecko.net/anon.groovy/clients/akqa/projectamber/press/The_Elders-Press_Release.pdf]
The Elders will be independently funded by a group of "Founders", including Branson and Gabriel.
Desmond Tutu serves as the chair of The Elders, who will use their collective skills to catalyze peaceful resolutions to long-standing conflicts, articulate new approaches to global issues that are causing or may later cause immense human suffering, and share wisdom by helping to connect voices all over the world. They will work together over the next several months to consider carefully which specific issues they will confront.
In 1992 Peter Gabriel co-founded WITNESS; a non-profit group that equips, trains and supports locally-based organizations worldwide to use video and the internet in human rights documentation and advocacy.
In 1995 he was one of the two winners of the
North-South Prizein its inaugural year. [cite web
title = The North South Prize of Lisbon
work = North-South Centre
publisher = Council of Europe
url = http://www.coe.int/t/e/north%2Dsouth_centre/programmes/7_north%2Dsouth_prize/winners_PNS.asp
accessdate =2008-01-21 ]
In November 2007 Peter Gabriel launched The Hub http://hub.witness.org/ a 'YouTube' for human rights.
In September 2008 Peter Gabriel was named as the recipient of Amnesty International’s 2008 "Ambassador of Conscience Award".
In September 2008, Peter Gabriel received Quadriga "United we Care" award of Werkstatt Deutschland along with
Boris Tadić, Eckart Höflingand Wikipedia. The award was presented to him by Queen Silvia of Sweden. [ [http://loomarea.com/die_quadriga/e/index.php?title=Award_2008 Die Quadriga - Award 2008] ]
Gabriel's music has appeared in many motion pictures and the three films that he personally scored:
* "Birdy", by
* "The Last Temptation of Christ" by
Martin Scorsese(released as "", with additional material found on " Passion - Sources")
* "Rabbit-Proof Fence" by
Phillip Noyce(released as "")All three of the albums above were recorded at Real World Studios.
Films that feature Gabriel's music or voice include :
Against All Odds" (song "Walk Through the Fire")
Angel Baby" (song "We Do What We're Told")
* "" (song "That'll Do")
Barnyard" (song "Father, Son")
The Bone Collector" (songs "Don't Give Up" and "Zaar")
City of Angels" (song "I Grieve", pre-Up version)
Gangs of New York" (instrumental version of "Signal to Noise")
Gremlins" (song "Out, Out")
Hard to Hold" (song "I Go Swimming")
In Good Company" (song "Solsbury Hill")
Jungle 2 Jungle" (song "Shaking the Tree '97 (Jungle Version)")
* "Phenomenon" (song "
I Have the Touch", remixed with additional lyrics)
* "Philadelphia" (song "
Natural Born Killers" (song "Taboo", with Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn)
* "Project X" (song "
Shock the Monkey")
* "Red Planet" (song "The Tower that Ate People", remixed)
Say Anything" (song "In Your Eyes")
* "Shall We Dance?" (song "The Book of Love", originally performed by
The Magnetic Fields)
* "Strange Days" (song "
While the Earth Sleeps" with Deep Forest)
Until the End of the World" (song " Blood of Eden", pre-album version without Sinéad O'Connor's backing vocals)
Vanilla Sky" (song "Solsbury Hill")
Virtuosity" (song "Partyman", co-written with Tori Amos)
Waking the Dead" (song " Mercy Street")
The Wild Thornberrys Movie" (songs "Animal Nation" and "Shaking the Tree ('02 Remix)")
The Battle of Shaker Heights" (song " When You're Falling" with Afro Celt Sound System)
The Chocolate War" (songs "We Do What We're Told" and "I Have the Touch")
WALL-E" (song "Down to Earth").
Peter Gabriel has two daughters from his marriage to first wife Jill: Melanie and Anna. Melanie was a backing vocalist during Gabriel's 2002 Growing Up and 2007 Warm Up tours, and Anna filmed a documentary of that same tour, called "Growing Up On Tour: A Family Portrait". In the late 1980s and early 1990s Gabriel lived with actress
Rosanna Arquettebut they never married. Gabriel also has two sons, Isaac aged six and Luc born on 5 July 2008 with his wife Meabh.
Recent Work & Appearances
*He coordinated and performed at the Eden Project Live 8 concert in July 2005.
*Gabriel played on stage with
Yusuf Islam(formerly Cat Stevens), 33 years after having played on Stevens' Mona Bone Jakonalbum, in Johannesburgduring Nelson Mandela's 46664concert. The two performed the Stevens hit "Wild World".
*A double DVD set, "Peter Gabriel Live & Unwrapped", was released in October, 2005.
*A future DVD release will be the concert film PoV, previously available on VHS. It is getting the full 5.1 remix treatment in Gabriel's Realworld studios.
FIFAasked Gabriel and Brian Enoto organise an opening ceremony for the 2006 FIFA World Cupfinals in Germany, planned to take place a couple of days before the start of the tournament. Gabriel had recently become a fan of the game and 2005 champions league winners Liverpool, and worked on songs for the show in Berlin's Olympic Stadium. Although the show was cancelled in January 2006 by FIFA due to going over budget and supposed lack of interest, the official explanation was potential damage to the pitch.
*Rumours of a possible reunion of the original Genesis line-up began circulating in 2004 after Phil Collins stated in an interview that he is open to the idea of sitting back behind the drums and "let Peter be the singer." The classic line-up has only reformed for a live performance once before, in 1982. However, the group did work together to create a new version of an old Genesis song "The Carpet Crawlers 1999", released on the "Genesis Hits" record. Gabriel later met with other Genesis band members, and a possible reunion tour of "
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" was discussed. Gabriel declined a reunion, so Collins, Banks, and Rutherford chose to tour as Genesis without him.
*Gabriel performed John Lennon's "Imagine" at the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Torino,
Italyon 10 February 2006.
Cingular Wirelesshas aired commercials featuring Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill."
*Gabriel is currently recording a new studio album entitled Input/Output, which will be his first new album release since "Up" in 2002. No release date has been announced.
*Gabriel's song "Digging in the Dirt" is now being used for promotional videos for the FX show "Dirt"
*Gabriel is involved in
The Filter, an add-on application for iTunes, Windows Media Playerand some Nokiaphones which can automatically generate playlists based on music you select.
*In November 2006, the Seventh World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome presented Gabriel with the
Man of Peaceaward. The award, presented by former President of the USSR and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mikhail Gorbachevand Walter Veltroni, Mayor of Rome, was an acknowledgement of Gabriel's extensive contribution and work on behalf of human rights and peace. The award was presented in the Giulio Cesare Hall of the Campidoglio in Rome.
*Also at the end of 2006 Peter was awarded the
Q MagazineLifetime Achievement Award.
*Gabriel's most recent project is with the
BBC World Service's competition "The Next Big Thing" to find the world's best young band. Gabriel is judging the final six young artists with William Orbit, Geoff Travis and Angelique Kidjo.
*First reported in "
The Times" newspaper on 21 January 2007, Peter Gabriel has announced that he will release his next album in the U.S. without the aid of a record company. Gabriel, an early pioneer of digital music distribution, has raised £2 million towards recording and 'shipping' his next as-yet-untitled album in a venture with investment boutique Ingenious Media. Gabriel is expected to earn double the money that he would through a conventional record deal. Commercial director Duncan Reid of Ingenious explains the business savvy of the deal, saying, "If you're paying a small distribution fee and covering your own marketing costs, you enjoy the lion's share of the proceeds of the album. Gabriel is expected to outsource CD production for worldwide release through Warner Bros. Records. The new album deal covers the North America territory, where Gabriel is currently out of contract. [Durman, Paul. [http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,9071-2557733.html Gabriel deals a blow to the record business] , " The Times". 2007-01-21.]
*Gabriel's new album, "
Big Blue Ball", will be launched in America thanks to a venture capital trust initiative. Bosses at London-based firm Ingenious have raised more than $4 million (GBP 2 million) to help promote his latest release in the US. The venture capitalists, Gabriel and his Real World Limited partners, have created a new joint venture company, High Level Recordings Limited, to oversee the release of the new album in April 2008. [ [http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/gabriel%20calls%20on%20venture%20capitalists%20to%20help%20album%20launch_1019918 GABRIEL CALLS ON VENTURE CAPITALISTS TO HELP ALBUM LAUNCH] , " contactmusic.com". 2007-01-24. ]
*On 24 May 2007, he was honoured with the
Ivor Novello Awardfor lifetime achievement. [cite web |url=http://www.cbc.ca/arts/music/story/2007/05/24/novello-awards.html |title=Winehouse, Madonna win U.K. songwriting prizes |accessdate=2007-11-27 |date=2007-05-24 |publisher=CBC.ca Arts ]
*Gabriel invested in online advertising-supported free music download site, We7.com. [ [http://uk.techcrunch.com/2008/01/22/we7-proving-ad-supported-music-has-a-future/ TechCrunch UK » Blog Archive » We7 proving ad-supported music has a future? ] ]
*In 1976, Gabriel covered the
Beatlessong " Strawberry Fields Forever" for the musical documentary " All This and World War II". He has also recorded covers of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne," the Gershwinstandard "Summertime," the Magnetic Fields' "Book of Love," The Four Tops' "I'll Be There," and Joseph Arthur's "In the Sun." A cover of Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar", part of his set list for his first solo tour, is available on some bootlegs but was never commercially released.
*Gabriel's "We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)" from "So" refers to
*The 2003 videos from game companies
Cyan Worldsand Ubisoftfeatured the song "Burn You Up, Burn You Down".
*The 2004 release of featured "Curtains", originally a B-side from the single "Big Time" from "So". The song, slightly remixed from its original version, is also known as "Portal to Dreamworld". Gabriel also performs a voice acting part in the game.
*He is mentioned in two
Vampire Weekendsongs: Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassaand Ottoman.
*Between 4 May 2008 and 5 May 2008 the servers housing www.petergabriel.com were stolen from the
data centreof the ISPthat was hosting them at the time.
*In 1982 Peter Gabriel reunited with his former Genesis colleagues for the one-off concert,
Six of the Best.
*In 2001, Boston radio station 92.5 The River used a computer program to generate the artist to whom all their listeners will listen. The artist was Peter Gabriel. Since 2001, Gabriel's greatest hits are required to get played every two hours, causing some to call the station "Gabriel FM".
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* [http://www.petergabriel.com/ Official website]
*MySpace | id = petergabriel | name = Peter Gabriel
*imdb name|id=0300272|name=Peter Gabriel
*MusicBrainz artist|id=8e66ea2b-b57b-47d9-8df0-df4630aeb8e5|name=Peter Gabriel
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire/content/articles/2006/12/05/peter_gabriel_feature_feature.shtml Audio interview at BBC Wiltshire]
* [http://fora.tv/fora/showthread.php?t=111 Peter Gabriel takes part in a panel at the Global Philanthropy Forum video]
* [http://ted.com/tedtalks/tedtalksplayer.cfm?key=p_gabriel Video] of Peter Gabriel at the 2006
TED Conferencetalking about his human rights organization [http://www.witness.org Witness] .
NAME= Gabriel, Peter
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Gabriel, Peter Brian
musician, record producer
DATE OF BIRTH= 13 February 1950
PLACE OF BIRTH= Cobham,
DATE OF DEATH=
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