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Peter Gabriel still has the touch in new concert film Back to Front

Peter Gabriel and friends celebrate 25 years of So, more in new concert film.
Peter Gabriel and friends celebrate 25 years of So, more in new concert film.
Real World / Eagle Rock

Peter Gabriel’s most recent concert tour saw the multi-platinum celebrate the 25th anniversary of his bestselling So by performing the entire album front to back.

Peter Gabriel celebrates 25 years of So, more in new concert film.
Eagle Rock / Fathom Events

The tour name? Back to Front.

See what he did there? Leave it to the ever-innovative Gabriel to stir things up in the studio, on stage, in print…and on film.

This Wednesday, April 23rd, cinemas around the world will premiere the singer’s latest concert film, Peter Gabriel: Back to Front, with one-shot showings in select theatres.

The tour—which started in late 2012 and will wrap next month in Germany—sent Peter around the world with the very same musicians who played on now-legendary So cuts like “Red Rain,” “In Your Eyes,” “Sledgehammer,” and “Mercy Street,” including bassist / Chapman stick shaman Tony Levin and guitarist David Rhodes. Gabriel’s been rendering acoustic versions of classics like “Come Talk to Me,” “Shock the Monkey,” and “Family Snapshot” in such arenas as London’s O2—whose two-night stint is the source of the Hamish Hamilton film—before delving into the acclaimed 1986 disc. He’s also made time for other catalog favorites like “Digging in the Dirt,” “No Self Control,” and “Biko.”

A Fathom Events exclusive, Back to Front was collaboratively produced by Gabriel’s own Real World and Eagle Rock Entertainment, multimedia home to such rock royalty as Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and Queen. The hour and forty-minute concert spectacle will feature the entire So set, along with selections from other treasured Gabriel LPs.

View the official Peter Gabriel: Back to Front trailer here:

Gabriel’s been turning heads and engaging ears for over forty years now, fronting Genesis back when the English group was an envelope-pushing prog ensemble (1969-75). Gifted with a flair for theatricality as well as melody, Peter wrote mend-bending songs with fantastic narratives, and often sung them in concert while wearing makeup or lavish character costumes (Rael, Slipperman, Old Man, The Flower, etc.). His first four self-titled solo efforts—designated Car 1977, Scratch 1978, Melt 1980, and Security 1982 for their sleeve art—found Gabriel manipulating soundscapes like a master, stringing the messages and mélanges of “Games Without Frontiers,” “Mother of Violence,” and “I Can’t Remember” through musical passages that often featured alien guitars (Robert Fripp) and minimized—or eliminated—the use of cymbals. Improvements in keyboard and synthesizer technology informed early ‘80s hits like “Shock the Monkey” and featured predominantly on both So and its long-awaited 1992 follow-up, Us.

Since then, Gabriel’s contributed to film scores (Birdy, Passion, OVO), churned out a couple hits compilations and live sets, and furthered the careers of other unique spirits around the globe on his own Real World label. His humanitarian efforts earned him the Man of Peace Award from the Nobel Prize Laureates on two occasions. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his old Genesis chums in 2010, and just last week he was inducted (by Coldplay’s Chris Martin) as a solo artist.

Gabriel’s 2010 disc Scratch My Back comprised of cover songs written by fellow luminaries David Bowie (“Heroes”), Paul Simon (“Boy in the Bubble”), and Neil Young (“Philadelphia”). Two years later, those stars and others returned the favor by covering some of Peter’s material on sequel album And I’ll Scratch Yours. Between those released, Gabriel reworked a few classics with a full symphony orchestra and issued the compelling results as New Blood.

Can’t get enough Peter? All 18 shows from the 2013 tour run are now available from your friends at Encore Series. Professionally recorded and mixed by Front of House engineer Ben Findley, the two-disc official “bootlegs” are offered individually or en masse as limited-edition Road Case or Collector’s Box sets (see link below).

Back to Front airs at 7:30pm EST in the following Northeast Ohio locations:

Montrose Movies 12, Buy Akron OH
Southpark Mall, Buy Strongsville OH
Franklin Park 16, Buy Toledo OH
Cinemark at Valley View with XD, Buy Valley View OH

Times in other states and countries are listed at

Forty years into his fascinating—and highly influential—career, Peter Gabriel still has the touch.

Advance tickets for Peter Gabriel: Back to Front are available now at the first two links below, or at your local box office on day-of-show.

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