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SSE Wembley Arena, London

mark taylor

peter gabriel

The former Genesis frontman served up a tasty treat on this 'Back To Front' tour by revisiting his highly successful 1986 album 'So', an album that spawned five hit singles and reached the Number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Walking onstage in an unassuming manner, Peter Gabriel tells the audience that his show will be served in three settings but first he introduced two Swedish artists who are not only part of Gabriel's band but are also solo artists in their own right who are both given a chance to shine in the spotlight.

Cellist Linnea Olsson and Jennie Abrahamson played an intriguing and charming set of ethereal sounds from their forthcoming albums. Inoffensive yet alluring aromatic soothing sounds won over the Arena crowd who listened intently to the talents on display.

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For starters Gabriel performed a stripped back to basics number on the keys along with Linnea Olsson. 'What Lies Ahead' is his first new music in over a decade. The house lights were still on giving it a homely feel with 'Shock The Monkey' raising the ante.

The show comes alive with the main course with a surreal stage set of camera lighting rigs pushed by crew members with the bright headed lights menacingly hovering overhead looking like the aliens from the original War Of The Worlds movie.

'Digging In The Dirt' really hit the groove whilst 'Solsbury Hill' gave the chance for Gabriel to throw his best dad dancing moves whilst the tender beautiful lush green of 'Why Don't You Show Yourself' featuring the honey voices of Ollson and Abrahamson was sublime.

The just deserts came with 'So' played in it's entirety in it's correct running order. Even more fitting was the band was the same group that toured the album first time out including journey session men Tony Levin and Manu Katche.

'Red Rain' aptly saw the stage in a blaze of red, 'Sledgehammer' was a total joy whilst 'Don't Give Up' was done perfectly with Jennie Abrahamson taking the female lead. 'In Your Eyes' featured guest Sevara Nazarkhan.

Although this was a trip down memory lane Peter Gabriel still has the ability to challenge and amaze with an inspiring show.

What Lies Ahead (Acoustic)
Come Talk to Me (Acoustic)
Shock the Monkey (Acoustic)
Family Snapshot

Main course
Digging in the Dirt
Secret World
No Self Control
Solsbury Hill
Why Don't You Show Yourself

Dessert (So)
Red Rain
Don't Give Up
That Voice Again
Mercy Street
Big Time
We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)
This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds)
In Your Eyes (with Sevara Nazarkhan)

The Tower That Ate People



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