40 years ago Peter Gabriel was on tour in Italy for the first time as a soloist on 28, 29 and 30 September 1980 - PODCAST & RICORDI

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On September 28, 1980 Peter Gabriel returns to Italy, but not with Genesis, as a soloist. The start of the Italian part of the tour is at the Parco delle Cascine in Florence.

For many Italian boys it is the first opportunity to see a member of Genesis live.

Genesis had been in concert for the last time in Italy on March 25, 1975.

Then there was still Peter Gabriel, he was the The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway Tour and that of the Ruffini Park in Turin, would have been the last live, for many years, due to clashes with the police. The Italian tour was in fact canceled after the incidents and scuffles in other live shows, which are about to condemn our country to a quarantine without foreign artists that lasted years.

In fact it remains one of the last of that period. WATCH AND LISTEN TO THE SPECIAL OF HORIZONS RADIO ON THE 1975 TURIN CONCERT.

Meanwhile, both Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett have left the band. But still none of them have come to play in Italy. So the wait is a lot.

Here's the ticket:

I remember the opening of the gatesindeed, after the first ones who have climbed over the weak barriers, all inside in a very long, liberating race, along the entire Prato delle Cornacchie, at the end of which the stage stood.

Then the long wait in the heat, in a festive and peaceful atmosphere. Until thePeter's arrival on stage, but not to start playing, but to introduce in his own way ("listen to them with the attention and respect with which you listen to me") Simple Mind strangers. And despite Peter's recommendations, for Jim Kerr's group, many objects thrown on stage and little attention.

Then finally Peter and his band start the concert. The lights go out. Everything is dark. "Intruder" starts and a certain animation begins in a sector of the lawn. Someone from the audience was right next to Peter. 

In fact the musicians reach the stage passing through the people, creating an extraordinary effect in all of us. They wear a black suit, in tune with the concept of the China Tour 1984.

By the way, here she is line up:

Peter Gabriel - vocals and keyboards
Larry Fast - synthesizers and keyboards
Jerry Marotta - drums
John Ellis - guitar
John Giblin - bass

And two audio extracts from that concert:

The concert is beautiful. Peter, as you can hear from the audio, is very communicative and also tries to speak in Italian, just like he did with the Genesis, reading cards, often with comic results.

Here is the setlist:

Grand finale with "Here Comes the Flood". Peter sings it alone, without the band, accompanying himself on the piano. 

We all hoped to hear "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" and "Back in NYC" too., which Peter had performed on previous tours. And we were clamoring for them, but we were not satisfied. The Peter Gabriel of the beautiful third solo album (see below) is now far from the sounds and even the legacy of Genesis.


ON THE STAGE September Parco Le Cascine - Florence, Italy 1cdr
FLORENCE '80 COMPLETE September Parco delle Cascine - Florence, Italy 2cdr
FLORENCE '80 BTC023 September Parco delle Cascine - Florence, Italy 2cdr

September 29 is al Palasport of Genoa.

Here Peter comes on stage from the back of the audience, always in total darkness making his way with a flashlight on his shoulder. As in Florence, the public is not fully aware of what is happening.

Here is the set list of the concert: 

And here an audio of the live

The ticket:


CHINATOUR September Palasport - Genoa, Italy 2cdr
GENOA '80 BTC023 September Palasport - Genoa, Italy 2cdr

On 30 September at Palasport di Torino last stage of the tour in Italy.

Here, before the concert, there was a curious episode, which raised the morale of the already excited audience even more. Some of roadies they made a joke, deciding to play an "I Know What I Like" tape.

The Palasport almost exploded, expecting like a miracle at any moment, but then, realizing that it would hardly be like this, the roar soon turned into a gigantic choir.

Here's the ticket:

And some IMAGES.

And here is a RARE VIDEO of that concert:

La set list:

Even of this live there are various bootlegs (DETAILS & LISTEN HERE):

TURIN '80 September Palasport - Turin, Italy 2cdr
TURIN '80 BTC023 September Palasport - Turin, Italy 2cdr
TURIN '80 September Palasport - Turin, Italy 1cdr

This is a report from the next day from Stampa Sera (source: The Press Archive):

If you have memories of these concerts, tell us at this link.

Peter Gabriel - Melt

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary, Peter Gabriel released this rare 'Games Without Frontiers' movie recorded live in Buenos Aires in 2009.

On May 28, 2020, Peter released this video which takes up an interview made in 2002 for the release of the re-mastered CD. Gabriel talks about the realization of his third self-titled album, called melt because of the iconic cover image, created by Storm Thorgerson of Studio Hipgnosis.

And here are 10 reasons to listen to this album again.

1.  It 's Gabriel' s album with a lot of studs prestigious guests, like the manufacturer Steve Lillywhite and the guitarist Dave gregory (I Don't Remember e Family Snapshot) of XTC, the beginning of the long collaboration with David Rhodes, the old friend Phil Collins and the percussionist Morris Pert (Intruder e No Self Control), the new employee Kate Bush (No Self Control e Games Without Frontiers), the English saxophonist Dick Morissey (Start), Paul Weller, then leader of the Hours (And Through The Wire).

2. For the first time Peter used the drum machine (Games Without Frontiers e Biko, in particular) and has experienced that particular sound on drums, with the gated reverb, that characterizes Intruder, used the year after by Phil Collins for In The Air Tonight. A sound that has become a standard model for much of the English pop of the eighties.

3. Phil Collins was initially skeptical about the idea of ​​not using dishes at all. But Peter was immovable, since he could take advantage of the high tones with a whole new set of sounds, a variety of fields to explore. Paradoxically, Gabriel was accused of plagiarizing Collins when In The Air Tonight has had worldwide success.

4. Gabriel was one of the first musicians to use the Fairlight, a revolutionary synthesizer that sampled natural sounds. Peter even became its distributor in England, in partnership with a cousin. In the disc we also find new sounds for the rock groove (post-progressive) in which it is still located, such as the xylophone (Intruder), the sax (Start), the marimba (No Self Control e Lead A Normal Life), the bagpipes, the drums surdu and original South African choirs (Biko).

5. Family Snapshot is inspired by the book An Assassin's Diary (A diary of a murderer) by Arthur Bremer, a text that also inspired the screenwriter of the film Taxi Driver di Martin Scorsese. But another book, Dispatches, whose photos suggested some verses to Gabriel Games Without Frontiers, created quite a few censorship issues with the BBC.

6. The album seems to have a common thread of psychological deviance, addressing issues like it stalking (Intruder), schizophrenia and paranoia (No Self Control), removal (I Don't Remember), bad media influence (Family Snapshot), the absence of communication (And Through The Wire), mental illness (Lead A Normal Life). But the "political" aspect is also important. Peter takes a stand against the war (Games Without Frontiers), fear of the "other" (Not One Of Us), L 'apartheid (Biko).

7. Davide Castellini in The songs of Peter Gabriel, Editori Riuniti, points out that there are many negative expressions in titles and texts (No., no, Note, never without). Peter himself had noticed, so much so that, always quoted by Castellini, he was afraid of "turn the album into a sermon to a child, full of not doing this, not doing that".

8. Gabriel was unsure whether to publish or not Biko in the disc. Despite his sincerity towards the topic, he feared that he was not a valid voice for a cause so geographically and socially distant from him. In addition, the story of Steven Biko had already been told in various songs, including A Motor Bike In Africa di Peter Hammill, his friend, collaborator, and neighbor in Bath.

9. Biko is then inserted in the album at the insistence of his friend Tom Robinson. "It was a keystone in my career as a musician and lyricist", says Gabriel, quoted by Mario Giammetti in Peter Gabriel. Not one of us, Editions sign. Indeed, Peter's journey towards the commitment to civil rights begins, which will see him in all the events that the world of music will organize to raise awareness of the planet.

10. For the cover, fourth and final collaboration with the Hipgnosis studio and its founder Storm Thorgerson. Through the technique called Krimsography, invented by the American Les Krim, a Polaroid with the portrait of Peter is manipulated with an eraser on the still fresh emulsion. And the effect melt, in fact, which gives the album the informal title, it's done.

Peter Gabriel 3, Melt - Original recording remastered - FOR SALE ON AMAZON

Peter Gabriel - Melt

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