Change is afoot at petergabriel.com, as DNS servers around the world pick up on our move to a new server you should begin to see what we mean. We've got more work to do, particularly with our audio and video assets, but with the impetus of the live dates this summer we thought it was time to make the leap.
Hopefully you'll find the site easier and faster to use and enjoy the improved features - personal avatar upload in the forums is probably one that regular user will notice first, so we're looking forward to seeing you, and hearing what you make of the site.
If you're a Peter Gabriel fan that knows their lyrics, you should head over to Tina's Fan Attic for her new competion and monthly update.
As you may have seen details are beginning to emerge about some live dates that Peter is going to perform this summer - this list is far from complete, but so far we have:
Hyde Park Calling on Saturday 23rd June on a bill with Crowded House, The Feeling and Ghosts. Tickets on-sale March 21st.
Blickling Hall, Norwich 21st July. 6PM. Tickets on sale March 30th.
WOMAD Charlton Park on Friday on Friday 27th of July Peter says: "It has been wonderful to see what has happened with WOMAD over the last 25 years. It is different from any other festival I've ever been to, and although I usually get to enjoy it from the audience rather than the stage, I am delighted to come back as a performer for this 25th anniversary."
more dates coming soon.......
"I was asked to do some singing and try a few things on a lovely track called 'Salala', by Angelique Kidjo. Her record company are now looking for some remixes and I just thought we'd throw it out to see if any of you were interested to try your magic hands on this material" Peter Gabriel
Even if you don't fancy your remixing skills you can take a trip over to the download page and hear the track - The album Dijn Dijn is due out on May 1st.
This update brings talk of an emptier, more 'stripped-back' approach to audio in his current studio work, birthday gifts and high praise for the meastro of the upright bass Danny Thompson.
Talk of Danny gives us the opportunity to pull out a clip of him performing with The Blind Boys of Alabama as part of the very special line-up they put together for the "Spirit Of The Century' tour in 2001. The track featured is "Run On" and showcases lead vocals from the now sadly deceased and much missed a founding member George Scott along with other guest luminaries, blues guitarist John Hammond and drummer Michael Jerome
This update also features 'Setal' from Daby Touré's new CD "Stereo Spirit' - Daby say's of the track, it's "A song about the mystery of the beautiful world in which we live. Look at the universe, the sky, the animals, the plants, we have all this to be happy for." - so it's a fitting addition as spring begins to show itself around the studios"
"If the clouds stay away, it will be fascinating to watch the Moon's graceful movement through the shadow of the Earth," said Robin Scagell, from the Society for Popular Astronomy.
The eclipse began at 2018 GMT, with the Moon totally immersed in the shadow of the Earth between 2244 and 2358 GMT.
The eclipse is visible from the whole of Europe, Africa, South America, and eastern parts of the US and Canada.
TheFilter must be hot when celebrity gossip email - POPBITCH - say "Download The Filter - The Ultimate iTunes Playlist Maker:" in their 'Things thant make you go hmmm' colum this week.
The Filter, an application that works with your iTunes music collection to create playlists quickly and simply has been in constant development since we first mentioned Peter's interest in it last year. Along with playlist creation TheFilter is getting better at recomending new music based on your listening tastes.
There's an upgrade for all Win XP users which has improved performance plus added features including artist biographies and album review information. For those of you with Mac OS 10.4 there's also now a chance to test out The Filter experience with an Alpha release of the software. TheFilter are welcoming new testers to join the trial and help mould the future Mac application.
The Filter have also created a version of the software for Mobile phones (Currently available for several Nokia phones in the N and E series with more models being announced very soon.)
Peter presented an award to Danny Thompson at the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards on Monday evening.
"The BBC Folk Awards annually makes special presentations for outstanding contributions to folk music and this year Danny Thompson provided a common link in both Lifetime Achievement Awards. The double bass ace received one of the awards from Genesis founder and world music promoter Peter Gabriel who, along with countless A-list musicians, has gladly entrusted his bottom end to Danny over his 50-year professional career."
You can hear highlights from the event on the Mike Harding show on Wed 7 Feb (1900-2100). This show will be available for 7 days after broadcast on the Radio Player.
Image below from the BBC gallery page.
Catch up with Peter in February's update which just scrapes in under the full moon - we've had a few technical hitches putting this one together. Watch the video for news of The World Economic Forum, new music, new ideas and artist as curator.
..."TALKING TO PETER GABRIEL, ONE IS struck by how he is as much into technology as music, and deeply involved in the political implications of both. You can see why Gabriel brought out the late Martyn Bennett's powerful roots-electronic album Grit on his label, Real World, and why he's excited that his connection with Bennett's "brave new music" has led to Real World's first Scottish showcase, at Celtic Connections next week...
...I've been lucky to meet Peter Gabriel several times over the years. Once, at an early WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) Festival in Cornwall, before his 1980s Amnesty Tour, we talked in his car about Chilean singer Víctor Jara and the exile of Inti Illimani. Another time, down at the Real World Studios for BBC Radio 4, he took me and the producer by surprise by rowing us up the millstream that runs under the studios, because, as he remembers now, "it was a glorious day!" The movement of the oars made recording the interview impossible, so we chatted until he stopped mid-river, then were slowly carried back downstream as the tape ran, before he insisted we stay for lunch..."
Today sees some major changes to realworldremixed.com and the launch of our second Remix Competition - remixing Joi's 'Without Zero' could see you spending the day in Real World Studios flagship space, the Big Room.
We hope you enjoy the new look, the forum searching, the new sample pack, the radio, player improvements and competition features. As ever let us know if you have any problems with the site.
Hello lunar viewers, welcome to the first of the 2007 Full Moon Club updates. Unfortunately normal service is yet to resume, so today's update is of the briefest nature. Peter conveys his best wishes for the year ahead.
Better late than never - this interview was posted on October 28th, but if you haven't seen it, it's still worth a read.
"...I'm always very slow and as with The Filter I'm very good at getting distracted. I am writing songs at the moment but it's about a third music making, about a third doing benefit things and a third some of these business things."
Dont miss the vintage Fairlight CMI keyboard aution in aid of Witness.
Bid for a chance to own a Fairlight, the worlds first digital sampler which featured radical advances for its time. The keyboard features the signatures of 44 celebrity musicians, composers and producers who have used a Fairlight CMI, including Peter Gabriel, Bono, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Sir George Martin, Brian Wilson, Annie Lennox and more...
Ten more items will be auctioned off live at Witnes's live event on December 11th! at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The event will be co-hosted by Peter Gabriel and Gael García Bernal and feature performances by Paul Simon, Angélique Kidjo, and Kate Pierson & Fred Schneider of the B-52s. Tickets are still available.