The good news is that Peter is currently on his way to tonight's show in Lucca, he is fit, well, and looking forward to the show.
As many of you will know he unfortunately had to cancel yesterdays show in Kaiserslautern due to a cold/cough he had developed. We have been waiting all day to hear if the reports of that event being rescheduled to next sunday are correct, but as yet the tour organizers say nothing is confirmed. As soon as we have any further news it will be posted here.
Some of the 'Still Growing UP" merchandise is beginning to find it's way back to us and into WOMADShop, currently available are posters and the program, but the range is set to expand into Tshirts, bags, hats and some special bundles.
Noodle Heaven is an amazing new system that allows artists to create a new hybrid of music and video games - interactive, free flowing, liquid music. Some of you may know the original "Noodle" program from the AfroCelt CDs "Volume 2" and "Further in Time" . Well, we've been working for the last few years to create a massively enhanced new version, and Peter Gabriel and Richard Evans have made the first tracks for the program.
It's free to get an account and download the Noodle Player, and we'll give you Peter's track "The Tower that Ate People" when you sign up.
Have fun! We're looking forward to finding out what you think about the program on the forums on the Noodle Heaven website.
Regular visitors to this site may have noticed our absence over the last few days. Unfortunately weevils had got into the servers Core-flux Modules. It took quite a while for our iPixies to chase them all back out and allow us to resume normal service.
Apologies for any inconvenience and welcome back to the site.
Peter's groundbreaking video for Sledgehammer has been nominated for Channel Four's "100 Greatest Pop Videos Of All Time" television event.
You can vote for Sledgehammer by clicking on the link below and selecting it in the huge list of nominees and clicking on the Vote button at the foot of the form. The list is alphbetical but as a handy shortcut, he's listed at number 45.
The end of the 'Still Growing Up' tour is approaching, with the
Wembley shows being the last opportunity to see the full 'in the
round' production of this tour. Peter wants the show to go out with
a bang and so is offering you the chance to come and join the
Peter has opened up his own ticket allocation to this competition.
If you would like to join the us at Wembley next Monday 7th or
Tuesday 8th of June just fill in the simple form at
there's a good chance we'll be welcoming you to the show next week.
The sun is out and there's a big fibre-glass swan being pedalled round in circles by an ice-cream eating couple. Roller-blading mums speed prams up and down the cycle path.
Diam, Daby Touré's forthcoming release is now available for preorder in WOMADshop.
Daby locked himself away for several years to work on his first solo album 'Diam', collaborating with electronic musician and digital wizard Cyrille Dufay. Daby may be proud of his African roots but he values creative freedom above all else, and shuns any obligation to be more 'African' than his heart and soul tell him to be. 'Diam' is a superbly-crafted contemporary pop record, that blend the sounds of Africa, Paris and international pop in equal measure.
Peter made an appearace on BBC Radio 4's 'Shop Talk' this week to talk about the impact of new tecnology on the music industry.
What's it like to find yourselves the first signing on Peter's new label and then to climb up on that big round stage? Sizer barker tell us about the experience over at the fledgling PRE records site. You will find information on the band, a tour diary detailing life on Peter's "Still Growing UP" tour, behind the scenes video clips and more in this evolving site.
Songs From The Parlour is the first release on Peter's new label PRE and is available in limited numbers exclusivly on tour and at WOMADShop.com
Daby Touré is a new signing to Real World and can currently be seen supporting Peter Gabriel on tour. He is seen here performing "In Your Eyes' at the recent Milan show.
Akademik Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria has been added on June 21st
Peter Gabriel will be the 2004 recipient of the prestigious annual Music Industry Trusts' Award. The Award will be presented on the evening of 1 November at London's Grosvenor House. The UK music industry will celebrate and honour a music career that has consistently broken the mould and challenged the conventional. Peter Gabriel is a creative tour de force, whose contribution to the music industry is immense, tireless and inspirational.
The Music Industry Trusts' Award is in its 13th year and has raised over #2 million for its charities. Over 1000 guests from the music and entertainment industries attend the charity dinner, which has the dual role of honouring an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the UK music industry and raising funds for the two nominated charities: Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and the BRIT Trust (which includes the BRIT school for Performing Arts and Technology). Previous honourees include Sir George Martin, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Ahmet Ertegun, John Barry, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and last year, Rob Dickins.
On hearing that he was to be the 2004 Award recipient Peter commented:
An "Artists' relationship with the music business is a bit like a marriage with all its perils and pleasures, so it was a very pleasant surprise and honour to have been offered this Award."
David Munns, chairman of the Award committee, said:
'Eclectic is an overused word in our industry...however, Peter Gabriel not only represents the word, he lives it. A look at his career, and he's got several lifetimes worth, tells of an extra-ordinary talent. His music with Genesis and then with his solo career, has given us great songs, his work fighting injustice is done with commitment and modesty, his concerts are unique, his work with WOMAD has been pioneering, and his ability to see very early the potential of the internet for music shows a man with a rare vision. We are very proud to honour Peter Gabriel with the 2004 Music Industry Trusts' Award.
We now have Anna's film available to buy online, and also have a feature now available with an interview with Anna and Peter, a preview video showing clips from the film and all the techincal info you should need to know before purchasing.
Daby Toure, or just 'Daby' as he's known in the world of music, grew up in southern Mauritania, an arid land where the sands of the Sahara mingle with the grasses and stunted trees of the sahel, and where the Arabic and Moorish cultures of North Africa blend into the many distinct cultures of black west Africa. Like all young Africans, Daby soaked up the melodies and rhythms of his Soninke people without thought or effort. But from an early age, after falling in love with bands like The Police and Michael Jackson, he knew that he wanted to create his own music and move beyond the cosy limits of his people's musical traditions.
In 1989 Daby's father Hamidou Toure, a doctor and amateur musician, was called to Paris to join Toure Kunda, a seminal group in the history of world music and the African scene in Paris. Hamidou sold his house to pay for his son's ticket. The young Daby was intoxicated by the musical riches he found in the French capital, especially the leftfield jazz scene, and he soon became involved in several groups, eventually teaming up with his cousin Omar to form Toure Toure. Despite objections from his father, who feared the hardships that a musical career might heap on his son, Daby relentlessly pursued the grail of a new Afro-centric pop sound. After disbanding Toure Toure, Daby locked himself away for several years to work on his first solo album 'Diam', collaborating with electronic musician and digital wizard Cyrille Dufay. Daby may be proud of his African roots but he values creative freedom above all else, and shuns any obligation to be more 'African' than his heart and soul tell him to be. 'Diam' is a superbly-crafted contemporary pop record, that blend the sounds of Africa, Paris and international pop in equal measure. After being touted to almost every single record label in France, 'Diam' eventually found its way to the offices of Real World Records, who are releasing it worldwide.
The new album 'Diam' will be released on Real World Records, distributed by Virgin/EMI
www.realworldrecords.com/dabytoure (coming Soon)
Daby is seen here giving an intimate performance at Real World Studios.