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Peter Gabriel


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3 stars When this tour rolled through our town a few years back, I was not all that excited to be going. I was not much of a Gabriel fan at that point but the show flipped me again. It was an incredible concert and I was able to relive it again with this DVD. Even at his advancing age this man is on top of his game and the entire production and band are simply as good as they can possibly be. While the show was full of innovative and mind-boggling technical tricks and theatrics I won't give those away. The real point is the music of course and I can't stress it enough-it is as good a performance as he's ever done. Passionate, poignant, full of joy and humor and love. I love how his voice evolves over the course of the shows now, always rough and gravelly when he begins, but getting clearer and more powerful as the show goes on. He is a master showman, commanding attention while allowing his bandmates plenty of time to shine. His daughter Melanie really steps up and give the show her heart.she may not have the pipes of Peter's previous pros like Paula Cole but she makes up for it with her enthusiasm and care for her father's music. Tony is great as usual with his eye-popping fret work. The first half of the show features the best material with an emotional "Here Comes the Flood" opener, the delicate "Sky Blue" and "Growing Up" from the latest album, and the classic "Mercy Street." The latter portion slips for me on "Animal Nation" and moments where the world music influences overtake the rock element. There's a painfully long introduction sequence that kills the momentum and by the time the tortuous version of "In Your Eyes" is dragging out with its crowd sing-a-long, I'm entertaining thoughts of filling the bathtub to drown myself. But the show is a winner and a must for Gabriel fans, featuring perfect sound and video. Not the greatest show in the progressive universe but a good time all the same. Recommended viewing. 7/10
Finnforest | 3/5 |


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