In October 1987 after many months on the road, it was in the elevated surroundings of the hillside open-air theatre at Lycabettus overlooking Athens, that the So tour came to a climactic close. Filmed over three nights this was the first time Peter Gabriel set out to capture a full concert on film and who better to do so than renowned cinematographer and director Michael Chapman and executive producer Martin Scorsese. As a concert film, it was brilliantly shot and has now been equally brilliantly remastered: a crystal-clear record of Gabriel and band in their mid-80s pomp.
Live In Athens 1987 places the viewer right in the heart of the action all the way, from the band’s synchronised choreography on opening number This Is The Picture, right through to the skin-pricking closer Biko. In between, we’re lost in music, spellbound by the spectacle, totally absorbed by the imperfection-free tightness of a band that’s been on the road for so long.
This double DVD package contains both the Live In Athens live show complete with Youssou N’Dour’s opening set which is being made available for the very first time and also the Play DVD featuring 23 original promotional videos.
DVD 1 – Live in Athens – full concert (track listing below) plus Youssou N’Dour’s opening set with his band Le Super Etoile de Dakar introduced by Peter Gabriel: 1) Immigres 2) Kocc Barma 3) Nelson Mandela 4) Ndobine 5) Sama Dome / My Daughter
DVD 2 – Play – 1) Father, Son 2) Sledgehammer 3) Blood Of Eden 4) Games Without Frontiers 5) I Don’t Remember 6) Big Time 7) Lovetown 8) Red Rain 9) In Your Eyes 10) Don’t Give Up 11) The Barry Williams Show 12) Washing Of The Water 13) Biko 14) Kiss That Frog 15) Mercy Street 16) Growing Up 17) Shaking The Tree 18) Shock The Monkey 19) Steam 20) The Drop 21) Zaar 22) Solsbury Hill 23) Digging In The Dirt.