I can't give any information on HIT just yet, or the DVD for that matter, but I can give a gratuitus commercial plug for the new additions of 'Growing Up Tour' merchandise to WOMADShop.
Click the 'New' button on the front of the store.
We are deep into the unexplored centre of DVD land here, but we've taken a moment to post Tina's update and competition.
Work is also progressing on the new Forum system - it should be back with us soon, faster, shinier, and integrating the latest in alien technology.
Shock and amazement, the forums are back. Not only is the system back up, but all (yes, even the long lost threads we had to remove several months ago) the original posts are back.
We have also added a few new features such as icons and instant messaging, and we will be continuing to ad features over the coming months.
The new system has stood up well to our testing, but if anyone can find holes it will be you the users, so let me know (email@example.com) if it goes horribly wrong, or maybe even if it doesn't.
You may have noticed that the forums are currently offline along with other parts of our sites such as the womadshop.com store. We are carrying out some major upgrades to the systems, so please be patient and these areas will soon return only faster and shinier than before.
In the meantime why not warm up your brain with Tina's new competion, part of her update at petergabriel.com/tina
Not wanting to miss the Full Moon we're marking this month with an uptempo remix of Growing Up by Breakbeat producer Stabilizer.
Li Capanni is a small private hotel set in twelve acres of its own land in one of the most beautiful parts of Northern Sardinia. Comprising twenty individual rooms in charming terracotta cottages, it nestles along the natural contour of the coastline. It is a hidden treasure, with its private gardens and its own secluded beach, it offers peace, tranquility and a place to unwind.
Our Super Audio CD information has itself been remastered.....
In some ways I was tempted to go back and remix things; but its a difficult thing - although its an interesting thing for the artist, almost inevitably audiences are less approving, if you do go back and remix stuff they feel the thing that they liked and remember as being part of their history has been fucked around with, if they have favourite song they want to hear the familiar version.
The first four shows from the U.S Summer Tour have now been added to the Encore collection, completing the set of 19 shows. Two new collectors editions are also available. The Deluxe Road Case is limited to 150 copies worldwide and they tell me all but 37 have gone already....
"ALL 19 shows from the Peter Gabriel US Summer Tour, a mini tour program, and an AUTOGRAPHED card from Peter Gabriel, all in a miniature replica road case. "
Peter wanted us to mark this month's full moon in some way, the lunar inspired updates have slipped slightly over the past months into more of a full venue driven timetable.
The band are currently heading for tomorrow night's West Palm Beach - Coral Sky Amphitheatre
show and unfortunatly time has not allowed us to get Peter in front of a camera. We do however have an interesting little snippet in the Full Moon Club video collection -
an exclusive taste of Tricky's Growing Up remix.
Sorting through some of our tour images for future projects, including those of Tony Levin above, I was sidetracked into the world of
Ned Steinberger; who makes the bass Tony is holding.
www.nedsteinberger.com tells you..."he drew on his parents' influences: his mother an artist, and his father a musical Nobel Prize winning physicist. He set up his own wood shop at 13."
The site has some interesting audio and video clips of Tony and Laurie Anderson amongst others.
As the band flew to America today for the start of the US tour, Melanie's boat was seen arriving back here at Real World. There were reports of sadness in Barcelona as the round stage had it's last appearance, I think everyone was beginning to regard it as home. The new leg of the tour is obviously going to have a very different look, and possibly some changes to the set list.
One thing I can confirm is that Sevara Nazarkhan has been confirmed as the support, which anyone who saw her set; and reprise for 'In Your Eyes' with Peter, at the recent European dates will tell you is good news for the North American audiences..
It seems our own 'Tina' was perched atop the Duomo in Milan watching the events below. Our well informed traveler reveals all in her update.
Does she have inside information? Anyone who found the hidden page of information for those curios as to just what Super Audio CD is, proably did. The inside information is that you can find it by following the links below.
Watch the new 'Growing Up' video, hot off the press today. It will be available on DVD single in the coming weeks - with a 5.1 surround version of the album track as a mind expanding bonus