All Peter Gabriel fans are wondering how far is the new album "I / O".
And Peter is having fun sowing some clues. The last is the interview with UNCUT Magazine, of July 16, 2020:
First, in an interview with the BBC on June 16, 2020 in which he declared:
«As far as music is concerned, I haven't had as much time as I usually do, which is not as before. But there have been some news. There is a COVID song - well, there is a COVID lyrics, actually -. I have been asked to write something and it will probably turn into a song. So there are songs and pieces that go in the right direction ». (Interview by Matt Everitt).
In March 2020 Peter had written to a newspaper giving another indication of his compositional activity, although very slowly.
The song was followed shortly after "The Veil", arrived on 8 September 2016 (read here how the song was received). It was part of the Oliver Stone film "Snowden", but without joining the soundtrack (another indication that bode well).
At the moment the picture is complete, in the sense that some material is available to fans even if, having spent so much time, we would expect something more concrete. We'll see. If you want to stay updated on developments, subscribe to our newsletter below.
On June 26, Steve recalled with this post that the works are proceeding quickly and that the album is at an advanced level.
The 23 June Steve released this video, in which he mentions the different "cut" of the album and proposes a small preview of the recordings with orchestral sounds.
And here's what he posted on June 11th. In the story on lockdown in blog of his site, anticipates the return to recordings with faithful Roger King.
«I also used this time to prepare a new album, in view of an acoustic project that involved orchestral sounds and unusual instruments that I had never used before with this type of album», writes Steve in his blog.
And goes on: “As soon as possible, Roger and I got together to start recording. We are already halfway there and we are starting to reach out to the musicians, who may be involved remotely. It is a challenge, but an exciting project that is already exploding in life. Even if you are stuck in a place physically, music can bring you out and take you on that sonic magic carpet wherever you want to dream .... I think it is important to have things to aim for and expect at times like these. "
It is an unpublished and wide-ranging interview, which includes the early days of his solo career, what it means to be a performer and the recent release of the album "Rated PG".
Also, in his first five-year interview, Gabriel relives the ups and downs of his career and reveals plans for his new album.
This is a theme that leaves fans in suspense. And Peter, in the interview, admits that he is very slow to finish things. And in fact with publishes an album of unreleased since 2002, with "Up".
But something seems to be moving. Because Gabriel reveals that he has quite a few backlogs of ideas "unfinished" and to have written a satisfactory number of texts, a field in which, as we well know, Peter is easily blocked.
«I can't wait to have thealbum out », Peter declares, to everyone's delight.
Gabriel was also slowed in recording tracks from lockdown, but è managed to work at home with his sound engineer.
Then a can we expect a new album soon?«It depends on what is meant by "soon", but the answer is yes. ", reassures - perhaps - Peter.
In this short video Steve thanks everyone«For the excellent feedback on the autobiography, and for those who have not yet read it»:
As for his music, Steve wrote a very detailed tome, fun and enveloping who traces the graph of his life, but with emphasis on his years with Genesis, from the band's rapid rise to success.
Steve speaks frankly of his first years of life, of the period with Genesis and of his personal relationships with the other four members of the band, with an anecdotes in the daily life of this important rock band.
Naturally A Genesis In My Bed also tells Steve's solo career, since he left Genesis and the many different journeys he took.
With his creative talent and his great lightness, A Genesis In My Bed it is a compelling reading.
A must for Genesis fans, but also for music lovers in general and for avid readers of autobiographies full of heartfelt and emotional stories.
He saysSteve: “I explore personal feelings. I have answered many questions that fans have asked me over the years, such as why I quit Genesis. It took fifteen years to complete this book, writing between tours, recordings and legal challenges, but this gave me time to really develop it ».
"He raised his head and looked at me with a steel look ..." You heard about it, didn't you? "
Once again I was against that invisible wall, aware that I could choose to sit there and give in or climb over it. But once past the wall, you can no longer go back. I knew I was going to jump into that new world and that my life was going to change forever. I was about to board a spaceship on a new planet with a group of aliens. I emptied my glass, put it down and went out the door into the sun, holding that ticket to Mars. "
The creation of The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway:
«We were writing and recording at high intensity. The Lamb is a dense album with tons of details. All full of ideas, the disc was full of themes like "Times Square is full of people on a busy night, the voice abruptly abrasive like the horn of a New York fire truck. Forget golden dreams ... the drama it takes place day and night. "
The Lamb seemed like a titanic adventure that we were trying to survive ... We hit the icebergs, but bravely dragged us into shark-infested and unexplored waters. "
The exit from Genesis:
"Had I done the right thing? It was a big risk and a huge step into the unknown. I was leaving a world-class band that was now filling arenas internationally. I had to trust the power of my instinct and my inspiration ... "
Anecdote about a border customs experience:
“On one occasion, after customs had found a residual illegal substance left by a previous band in the car we had rented, we were taken to separate rooms. Customs officers were combative and aggressive, they challenged me with large dogs while I was there without my clothes on. Then suddenly an alarm startled these nervous characters who quickly pulled out their guns and turned wildly, their nostrils sniffing ... "
A Genesis concert involved in a revolution:
“The government was about to be overthrown the following day and it was like an explosion. There was a riot outside the club with guns and firecrackers exploding and overturning army jeeps on the street. I heard there were fatal accidents. The concert was sold to excess. Pyramids of people climbing over each other, we were dangerously close to the balconies. "
And of his latest works, Steve says:
«Musically, I am proud of the most recent album 'At The Edge Of Light', with the creative involvement of Roger and Jo, as well as the contribution of band members, orchestral musicians, singers and instrumentalists from distant worlds ...»
The launch of A Genesis In My Bed arrives when Steve is stuck at home, like all of us, after having to abandon his US tour on short notice.
«I had never had to stop a tour halfway before ... However the concerts have been postponed, so we'll be back!
Being on the last flight from Philadelphia to London reminded me of my song "The last train to Istanbul". We were lucky to come home ...
We have the "Seconds Out" tour in front of us, so we can look beyond these dark times. We have every intention of playing as soon as the spaces are open again. "
On the occasion of the book's release, Steve has released some videos that tell passages of his career closely related to his autobiography. Here they are:
Originally released in May 1995, the album featured the highlights of a live solo performance by Anthony, recorded on March 21, 1993 as part of the Living Room Concert Series for the US radio program Echoes, a contemporary instrumental music newspaper.
Buy it here:
The show was broadcast on 120 public radio stations in America on June 25, 1993.
For the execution Anthony has selected a series of pieces for acoustic guitar and piano, drawing mainly on songs originally released on the albums The Geese and The Ghost, Private Parts and Pieces and A Catch at The Tables, together with two New England pieces, the eighth volume of the Private Parts & Pieces series and a solo version at 12 strings of the first movement of a Guitar Quintet he composed in 1976, which had subsequently been recorded with parts for strings and wind instruments, Conversation Piece.
Not available on CD for many years, The Living Room Concert has been re-mastered and expanded to include three unpublished tracks recorded for the original broadcast, Jaunty Roads, Let Us Now Make Love and Lucy: An Illusion.
This edition of Esoteric Recordings restores the original artwork and includes new cover notes by Anthony Phillips archivist Jon Dann.
06 April, 2021 - Carolina Theater, Durham, NC, US - INFO TO FOLLOW
08 April, 2021 - Whitaker Center, Harrisburg, PA, US - INFO TO FOLLOW
09 April, 2021 - Scottish Rite, Collingswood, NJ, US - INFO TO FOLLOW
10 April, 2021 - Scottish Rite, Collingswood, NJ, US - INFO TO FOLLOW
April 20, 2021 - Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, US - INFO TO FOLLOW
April 21, 2021 - Capitol Theater, Clearwater, FL, US - INFO TO FOLLOW
April 22, 2021 - Plaza Live, Orlando, FL, US - INFO TO FOLLOW
April 23, 2021 - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Ponte Vedra, FL, US - INFO TO FOLLOW
April 24, 2021 - The Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, US - INFO TO FOLLOW
"All existing tickets will be valid for the rescheduled shows.
So that fans who were due to attend the 2020 shows are not disappointed, those rescheduled dates will feature a special setlist including both Selling England By The Pound AND Seconds Out. "
Australia & New Zealand shows rescheduled - May 2021
"Fans holding tickets should hear from the ticketing companies soon to confirm that current tickets held are valid for the new shows and your seats will be the same. These rescheduled dates will feature a special setlist including both Selling England By The Pound AND Seconds Out. "
In 2020 The Musical Box will only complete the Extravaganza II Canadian tour. Here are the new dates.
23 Août 2020: Brossard @ L'Étoile Banque Nationale
September 3: Drummondville @ Maison Des Arts Desjardins.
September 9: Chicoutimi @La Saguenéenne
September 10: Gatineau @ La Salle Odyssée
September 15: Oakville On @ Oakville Center for Performing Arts
September 16: Oakville On @ Oakville Center for Performing Arts
September 17: St Catharines On @ First Ontario PAC
The Musical Box write on Facebook:
«These shows will conclude the Canadian stage of Extravaganza Volume 2. We tried to move as many shows as possible, but for many reasons it was not possible.
If you have tickets for a show that does not appear on this list, please contact your local promoter. We know that some of the venues that were unable to schedule the show this fall have taken the options for "2021 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway".
Unfortunately we don't know the dates yet, but most of them will want to honor this year's tickets. Again the best thing to do is to contact the local promoter. We can't wait to go back to playing for you. Rest assured and spend a beautiful summer. Thank you."
The concert dates of The Musical Box of The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway - Europa - Tour were rescheduled in 2021.
CLICK HERE FOR UPDATES - Please keep your tickets - we look forward to seeing you at the show in a safer environment!
We thank you for your understanding and support and in the meantime, stay safe and healthy.
THE MUSICAL BOX TEAM
"The light dies down on Broadway ..." it is the next, "last" and definitive performance by The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by The Musical Box.
The Canadian Tribute Band got the exclusive license of Peter Gabriel and Genesis.
Here are the dates 2021:
11-FEB EDINBURGH UK USHER HALL 12-FEB NEWCASTLE UK TYNE THEATER 13-FEB CAMBRIDGE UK CORN EXCHANGE 14-FEB YORK UK BARBICAN 16-FEB MANCHESTER UK BRIDGEWATER HALL 19-FEB BATH UK FORUM 20-FEB CARDIFF UK ST DAVID'S 21-FEB PLYMOUTH UK PAVILION 23-FEB PORTSMOUTH UK GUILDHALL 25-FEB LEICESTER UK DE MONTFORT 26-FEB LONDON UK APOLLO 27-FEB BIRMINGHAM UK SYMPHONY HALL 18-MAR BRUSSELS BEL CIRQUE ROYAL 19-MAR PARIS BETWEEN OLYMPIA 21-MAR BORDEAUX FRA THÉÂTRE FEMINA MARCH 22 MARSEILLE AMONG THE SILOS 23-MAR LAUSANNE SWI SALLE METROPOLE
Mimmo Vitale made a film of animated images, accompanied by the music of the double album "The Lamb Lies down on Broadway"performed by the best Italian tribute bands - Real Dream, Get'em Out, The Cage, Revelation, Supper's Ready, Dusk e-band, Anyway, Estro, Dancing Knights, Oberon - and international.
Not only. The film also involves two ex Genesis (Steve Hackett and Ray Wilson), Martin Levac (from the Musical Box) and pianist David Myers.
It is also a generous project that aims to collect donations in favor of Emergency (Rael for Emergency).
Horizons Radio talked about it with the author: Mimmo Vitale.
HR: How did you come up with this project?
Mimmo Vitale: This project was born from far away, the idea of giving this concept album by Genesis "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" animated images of Rael's path, took more and more foot in me. I cleaned the disc, put the thumbtack on the grooves and entered another world, just like the protagonist (Rael). I imagined seeing a film with all the vicissitudes that Genesis told and, as I saw them, I wanted other fans like me to be able to experience them too.
Genesis have never managed to concretize the proposals of a film in all these years, and I don't think they will do it anymore. So I threw myself with my modest means in this adventure with the heart, then, if I succeeded, it is up to all those who will believe in this project to evaluate it.
You have involved - and, let's face it, even agreed - the main Italian Tribute Band of Genesis. How did you do? Have there been any discussions?
Honestly, the project was born with the original backing tracks of the album. What made me change my mind are the years I have spent so far chasing the concerts of the "Genesisian" tribute bands. First in Lombardy where I live, and then, more and more involved you also want for my photographic hobby, in other regions.
Often in their set lists they inserted "The Lamb", so I said to myself: "but why not give these musician friends the opportunity to accompany this project". By now Peter Gabriel & Co. no longer have to prove anything to anyone, while the cover bands felt more involved and eager to play them, and each of them also in different and interesting ways.
I made a list of bands to contact and with my friend Leonardo Antonelli, who lives in Rome, already organizer of the event "When Ray in Rome" with Ray Wilson, Notturno Concertante and a Jam session consisting of several elements of various Italian bands the "Masters of Jam", we divided the tasks to contact them, and so we left for this adventure.
We clarified with them what the project consisted of and that it was intended to donate the proceeds to Emergency so that, given the pandemic period of COVID-19, we could help Lombardy, which was undoubtedly the most affected. I have to say that all the bands responded positively from the start, and this helped us a lot.
Topics? I would say more than anything else I had to give priority to those bands that had good quality audio material, and there was a first skimming there. Then the rest worked itself out.
By what criteria did you match a song from The Lamb to a band?
This was one of the questions that Leonardo and I immediately agreed with. It was obvious that here we had to decide not based on a movie that the bands had in their drawer, but on the audio, which had to be of excellent quality, we could not produce a DVD in high definition and then have poor audio. And this was the priority request to the bands that we had forwarded. Once all the audio material was sent to me, I sorted all the pieces, deciding which video clips could be combined. And here I must confess that unfortunately some bands I reluctantly had to oust from the project. Even if we had already announced to friends that if their audio had not been good we would have discarded it and we are very sorry.
If you allow me the thought that in this regard I have expressed to those who are not there, it is that, in the near future, never to be found unprepared in these things, at any time you consider it appropriate, create a sort of data base, try to record video or audio from a service or friend who has the right tools, and then put them away, they are always needed.
You also involved international stars: two ex Genesis (Steve Hackett and Ray Wilson), Martin Levac (from the Musical Box) and the pianist David Myers. What criteria did you follow with them?
A - It may seem strange, because rightly of them we think of sacred monsters, so getting close for a few requests always becomes a bit complicated. The merit in reality is always in showing heart, for us, because Leonardo Antonelli "precisely heart" is the classic piece of bread that many love and these are the results.
He contacted his friend Mario Giammetti whom we know as one of the greatest connoisseurs of Genesis in Italy and I believe also abroad, he explained the project and its purposes and in a few days Steve Hackett gave his consent. He didn't even impose the song, we put it in "The Chamber of 32 Doors" and so it was.
Ray Wilson as I said before, with the 2019 project "When Ray in Rome" he knew of the goodness and seriousness of our work and adhered with his eyes closed.
Martin Levac and David Myers, former members of the Canadian "The Musical Box", consequently encouraged by mutual friends Giorgio Rosa and Michele Maran, they also accepted willingly. The thickness of the artists as you see is not only assessed by the music.
What kind of animation technique did you use?
I usually work with Apple's "Final Cut Pro X" or Adobe's "After Effects". They are two of the best professional programs that I feel better with. Very versatile editing with the first, and effects during the creation of clips with the second.
I can talk to you about "brainstorming". The purpose of this technique is to gather ideas on a certain theme, both in the presentation phase and in a subsequent phase of reflection. We try to display on the time line the main ideas that arise regarding the topic in question, and then we try solutions at the moment. Or the "Stop Motion" which consists in taking a frame-by-frame image and moving it, then making the same appear in real motion. Etc ...
How did you deal artistically with the subtle border between reality, dream and hallucination that characterizes Rael's story?
As I already describe in booklet inside the DVD that accompanies step by step the various adventures of Mr. Rael, "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" is the story of a young American boy of Puerto Rican origins, led on an adventure in an underground world of New York, halfway between dream, nightmare and the most overwhelming reality.
From Peter Gabriel's explanation, Rael makes a "journey into his soul", it is not only a physical transport but also (and above all) a mental one. Phil Collins also recalls that the story of The Lamb derives from a split personality of the protagonist. Throughout the album we never know for sure if we are in the reality of the real Rael, in that of his most profound, reflective and good personality, or in a very vivid but not real dream. Maybe a little one and a little the other.
So I tried this transposition between boundary and reality by alternating real images with those built like comics, because everyday life could be just that. You wake up, a coffee, go to work, come back, a shower, and then with your head between a book or a DVD you immerse yourself in a fantasy world where many of us would like to be.
Making the Lamb movie has always been Peter Gabriel's dream. Do you think he would like this work of yours?
In 1979 Peter Gabriel proposed to director Jodorowsky to make a film, Peter did everything to be the protagonist, but as we know, all this was never conceived.
I don't know if my work could reflect Gabriel's artistic thought and I don't even know how Jodorowsky got the score of the proposed film and the reasons why the two did not agree. I made this animated transposition of the concept album after seeing and reading many books and videos, sometimes very opposed to each other, to then get an idea and work on it.
To think that Peter Gabriel might like this way of seeing me would be, as a fan, an immense satisfaction, but I remain with my feet firmly glued to the ground and I enjoy the appreciation of friends or the "sick" like me of Genesis who have donated to have this DVD.
Will you let her have it?
With our friend Leonardo Antonelli we moved in this direction with the 4 guest stars of the project. We sent the DVD to the referents who take care of their image. As for Peter Gabriel, he is a little more complicated, he is a very private person, we don't want the job to be handed over to any person and then put aside. We are interested in being able to get it to him by people he trusts short hand, then if we are lucky enough to have an answer we will let you know.
Do you think it can ever become a real movie, with actors in flesh and blood, as Peter thought it?
In an interview from 1988, granted by Gabriel to his biographer Spencer Bright, the singer tells how two adapted versions of the story were elaborated, one written in his own hand and the other by Jodorowsky. Gabriel realized the "weakness" of his version compared to that of the director and so, unconvinced of the turn that the project was taking, he decided to end it.
The version told by Gabriel does not shed light on two other important aspects that heavily influenced the failure of the film. First, Gabriel's idea of playing Rael was discarded, and in my opinion even more unlikely today. Secondly, then, Charisma Films considered the cost too high and risky, Gabriel persevered pursuing the making of the film for a few years but met with less and less support, even from the other members of the band, not very enthusiastic about taking part in a totally focused project on them frontman and who seemed to have died on departure. Today, for the economic conditions of the film market and the conditions of any protagonists, one name above all, Phil Collins, seems absolutely unthinkable to me.
Why do you think Rael is so symbolic for Genesis fans? What strings does it touch?
Rael is trying to describe the indomitable entity of life. A life that changes constantly, as he himself changes into solid, liquid, fluid, which converge together towards the true Rael. It means that in all the moments of his life in New York, and then in that surreal adventure, in every beautiful, ugly, terrifying or exciting moment, he was always simply Rael.
We perhaps, but certainly I, find myself in this thought. In everything you do, you have to be yourself. What Rael saw in his brother John is none other than himself and therefore I always try to be good and bad myself. Peter Gabriel encourages each listener to find its meaning. There is an incentive to make our life what we want.
And why were you attracted to The Lamb, why is it a concept album or for other reasons?
I started following Genesis very early, I am from '57, end of '60 beginning of '70 were the years of great rock in all its facets. From Trespass in '70 to Foxtrot in '72 I saw the quality of their compositions grow album after album, 1973 with the release of "Selling England by the Pound" for me was the apotheosis of progressive rock or as they called it then " Symphonic Rock ".
The quality of the sounds, the compositions, the lightness that Hackett and Rutherford gave to the guitars was unrivaled. That album was for me the consecration of the best prog-rock band. I thought, "but after that, what could they have done better?"
Instead the year after arrival "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" BRILLIANT! Still considered the best story ever conceived and put into music ever. I must confess that at the beginning I struggled to understand the concept, I hardly chew English and the album is full of expressions and meanings very difficult to understand.
Then there are pieces full of sound effects such as "The Waiting Room" where Rael, caught by his fears, remains petrified not knowing where and how to escape from the imaginary white walls where he is. Or "Ravine" with the raven running away with the test tube containing Rael's penis. Here are these passages, over time, made me appreciate, in addition to the beauty of the album, also a story, as I said before, in which we could all meet.
With his previous works, Peter Gabriel has demonstrated that he has an excellent Homeric and Baroque historical background, with texts that are very difficult to interpret in order to identify us. While The Lamb is more within reach. The difficulty in creating animations in these points as difficult as the two songs described was a challenge for me. And in these two years in which I collected the material and then assembled it, I have deepened even more the beauty of this work and consequently the attraction towards it.
The DVD supports Emergency in the fight against Covid-19. Why this choice?
This project, as mentioned before, had been incubating for two years, however it was necessary to have time to assemble the puzzle of all the material I had accumulated. And of time - alas or in this case fortunately, don't get me wrong - COVID-19 and this lockdown made one possible full immersion at work.
Eight hours a day dedicated exclusively to video editing, including effects, character overlays, etc. So Even in this case, as last year for "When Ray in Rome", my friend Leonardo Antonelli, suggested me, given the period of discouragement for the epidemic in Italy, to give help to an association, in the Emergency case , to ensure that they could purchase medical supplies through donations for the DVD.
To date, thanks to the many friends who believed in this project, we have already collected a first important figure and we are proud of it.
If you allow me, I would like to thank my friend Leonardo Antonelli for supporting me in full. This project is also his. Special thanks go to Mario Giammetti, Giorgio Rosa and Michele Maran with the cultural association “Duke”Of Padua, I thank Marco Zatterin, journalist and writer for his detailed review inside the booklet, a hug to my dear friend Roberto Conditi important presence when it comes to Genesis, without their help we could not have given an impression of professionalism to the DVD. Finally, our heartfelt thanks to these extraordinary professionals who married the Rael per Emergency project and initiative without batting an eyelid, giving us their presence and their extraordinary music.
Thanks! Mr. Steve Hackett, Mr. Ray Wilson, Mr. Martin Levac Mr. David Myers
The bands that participated in the project:
Anyway (Turin), Ray Wilson & band, Dancing Knights (Rome), Real Dream (Genoa), Dusk eB @ nd (North East Italy), Revelation (Rome), Estro (Rome), Steve Hackett & band, Get'em Out (Milan), Supper's Ready (Bolzano), Martin Levac & band, The Cage (Parma), Oberon (Palermo), only David Myers piano.
The CD comes in a digi-pack package, while the LP is made of heavy black vinyl, has a printed inner bag and contains a high resolution download code.
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The LP was mastered at half speed by Matt Colton at Metropolis Mastering.
In the United States, vinyl was printed by Record Technology Inc, while vinyl for the rest of the world is printed by Optimal.
«We know that many of you have wondered what happened to this release, but, as for the "Book of Love", the reasons for the delay are long and boring. Suffice it to say that we are sorry for the wait. » is written on the Peter Gabriel website.
There was also a chance to win a test artwork, personally signed by Peter Gabriel.
A test of was generated artwork to control the printing process. Peter agreed to personally sign the trial for a lucky winner. Who will also receive the album on CD and LP.
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