Peter Gabriel Reacts To Phil Collins Comeback Plans
... (Classic Rock) Peter Gabriel
is glad that former Genesis bandmate Phil Collins is considering coming out of retirement. But while he won't rule out a classic lineup reunion of the influential prog band, he's not fully convinced it will ever happen. Collins retired in 2011 but last month suggested he was reconsidering the decision, saying: "I have started thinking about doing new stuff. Some shows again, even with Genesis. Everything is possible." Asked what he thinks of his former colleague's comments, Gabriel tells Rolling Stone: "Good! I think he got himself into a bit of a hole, and that's great news he's coming out of it. It doesn't have to involve work - but if it does, that's a great indicator." His reaction leads to the inevitable question about a Genesis reunion, with the possibility having been raised on several occasions over the last decade. Gabriel replies: "It's never been ruled out. I'm trying to picture a time when it would top my priorities list though." He had more to say about it. Classic Rock Magazine is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission. Peter Gabriel
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Peter Gabriel Talks Genesis Reunion And Phish
... Trey Anastasio's offer for Gabrielto front the band for a cover of Lamb Lies Down On Broadway: Andy Greene: We spoke to Trey Anastasio earlier this year. He said if you ever want toplay The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway he'll be happy to let you use Phish as your backingband. Can you ever see that happening? Peter Gabriel
: I don't know. Right now, probably not. I'm getting older. My voice hasdropped a tone since the Genesis days. That's a fact of life. . . I still sort of thinkthrough film ideas for The Lamb, but I think it's great what Phish has done where theytake on their favorite albums. It's a cool niche to have created. Andy Greene: You like to rehearse a lot and they improv a lot. That would probably be abit of an issue. Peter Gabriel
: Right. Occasionally, when I've done some things with other artists - eithermine or their material - the control freak does come out in me. They are very capablemusicians and they wouldn't be doing it if they didn't like it, so maybe that's anunnecessary concern. I don't see the members of Phish having any issues with whatever Gabriel wanted to do.Ironically, Phish changed up their long-running tradition of covering an album by anotherartist by treating fans to the original song suite Wingsuit this past Halloween.Head to Rolling Stone to read the entire interview. Peter Gabriel
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... working title for his next record.After the departure of Sacha Baron Cohen as the star of the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, a new star has been chosen: British actor Ben Whishaw, according to Deadline Hollywood. Whishaw is known for playing Q in Skyfall, the latest James Bond movie. The film will be directed by Dexter Fletcher, who has reportedly been meeting with surviving members of Queen with an eye toward starting work on the biopic next year. Quick Hits: Kings Of Leon, Justin Bieber, Metallica, Sara Bareilles & OneRepublic, 2 Chainz & Pusha T, Johnny Cash, Peter Gabriel
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Peter Gabriel (Feb. 13, 1950)
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His first 4 albums released in England and first 3 in America were titled "Peter Gabriel." The first 3 are sometimes referred to as "car," "melt," and "scratch," based on the album covers.
He started the annual WOMAD (World Of Music And Dance) festival, held for the first time July 16-18, 1982 at Shepton Mallet in England. It featured musicians from Africa and the Far East who influenced Gabriel. Over the years, P.M. Dawn, Sinead O'Connor, and Crowded House all performed at WOMAD.
He composed the music for Martin Scorsese's movie The Last Temptation Of Christ. The soundtrack won a Grammy for best New Age performance.
Gabriel's US label, Atlantic, dropped him after his third album because they thought it would be a commercial flop. They tried to buy him back 2 years later after the album did well.
His 5th and most commercially successful album is titled "So." Two theories:
It is a mock reference to "Sell Out."
"So" is the fifth note of the musical major scale (solfeage). (thanks, Patrick - New York, NY)
He won the MTV Video Vanguard award in 1987 for his outstanding music videos.
Gabriel has tried many forms of therapy including psychoanalysis, meditation and yoga.
He was lead singer of Genesis
from 1969-1975. He took a year off before releasing his first solo album.
His first daughter Anna-Marie almost died soon after her birth in 1974. She spent 3 weeks in an incubator.
He decided to leave Genesis in the middle of their Lamb Lies Down On Broadway tour in 1974. He was convinced to finish the tour, but left after that.
Gabriel's first wife Jill was the daughter of the Queen of England's private secretary. They met when he was 15 and she was 16, and got married in 1971.
According to Spencer Bright's authorized biography, they divorced 18 years later after various bouts of infidelity from both partners: Gabriel had an affair with the actress Rosanna Arquette, and Jill at one point took up with David Lord, who co-produced Gabriel's fourth album.
He often commissions stunning visual works to accompany his songs, including spectacular videos and artwork. He was doing this back in the day when it was distributed on CD ROMs.
Gabriel composed the theme for the short lived TV series Brimstone, about a reincarnated detective tracking down escapees from Hell. (thanks, John - Levittown, NY)
In 1991, Gabriel became the first artist who refused to release his CDs in the standard "Longbox" format, with was a 12 inch box designed to fit display cases, but that created lots of extra packaging. Gabriel mandated that his CDs be sold in shrink-wrapped jewel cases.
Gabriel was asked by The Guardian what his most embarrassing moment was? He replied: "I used to sing one song at the farthest seat from the stage. In some cases, this required me running around from the stage door to the front door to access the stairs. At one gig in Germany, the security guard refused to let me in: he could hear the band playing and thought I was trying to blag my way in."
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