elliotte21 August 2009 at 9:46pmPosts: 886 (0 today)Status: offline
Okay friends, please chime in and tell me your input and recommendation regarding the Growing Up tour. I'd really like to hear your thoughts.
There's: GUL, Still/Unwrapped, and Family Portrait.
I realize, of course, they're all PG and all great.
Duddy22 August 2009 at 12:37amPosts: 5641 (0 today)Status: offline
I'd buy GUL first, it has the big stage sets with effects, Zorb ball, PG and Mel dangling upside down and brilliant performances by tutti! Lots of split screen and you get to see the techie guys. Mostly from Milan, Italy where the audience was so receptive and enthusiastic.Also has a fair bit of intro stuff from PG including some smattering of italian - 'piccolo barque'. Very well lit/produced with lots of close-up work too. I'd buy it for 'Here Comes the Flood' alone or 'Signal to Noise' or 'Sky Blue'(to die for) or 'Digging in the Dirt' or 'Darkness' and so on!
Still/U has some of same songs with smaller venues, quite another atmosphere. Seems more intimate but also a bit eerie in places. Lot of misty/dark shots. Also it has the stunning 'White Ashes' and 'Tower That ate People' (whoah) as well as an extra 'No Self Control' from POV (198 which is gorgeous. Some great footage of GWF and PG and Mel on those wheelie things, spooky.
I love both for their different qualities. There's some interesting editing of different venues stitched together for single songs on Still/U but I don't think it affects it adversely, imo makes it quite lively and strange in places.
Can't tell you much about Family Portrait as I haven't got it yet, but it is about how PG, family(his wife and son included) and band manage a long tour together. Perhaps you could call it 'Up(s) and Downs'! It has been recommended to me by other Lunatics as v interesting for a PG fan. There are various clips on the web, notably the one where Melanie is telling PG that she has been told her singing is crap. Also the clips of PG at a film festival playing solo. That is fantastic btw if you haven't seen it.
Have you got Secret World Live, which is a must? Wonderful, wonderful stuff with Paula Cole, Manu, Jean-Claude, Papa Wembe, Shankar and possibly others I can't just recall at this hour. Worth it for 'Washing of Water' alone. PG Play the Videos is also worth having because it includes most of the single videos such as Sledgehammer, Steam etc. About x23 videos I think. Amazing.
The only problem with them is when to switch them off. Oooh- I might even watch one of them tomorrow seeing as it's Saturday.
There is a thread somewhere that resurfaces periodically petitioning Peter to re-issue POV(Points of View Tour 198. Many of us sign it each time, I know I do. Again most Lunies would love to have this on DVD. Lots of bits of it on the web.
I am sure others will know much more than I but hope this helps? :-]
elliotte22 August 2009 at 2:05pmPosts: 886 (0 today)Status: offline
Fantastic advice, Duddy! exactly what I was hoping to get, but anyone else feel free to add your two cents (or Canadian Loonie).
I DO have SWL !!! It makes me swoon! Only slightly disappointed that Red Rain isn't included. (remarkable how I'm able to complain about even the best). Never satisfied, always want more more more.
Thanks, too, for adding comment on Play the Videos. I was thinking of getting that as well. Not sure what to get first, though. I WANT IT ALL AND I WANT IT NOW (is okay to quote Queen?)
Duddy22 August 2009 at 3:13pmPosts: 5641 (0 today)Status: offline
Cimber22 August 2009 at 9:09pmPosts: 2571 (0 today)Status: offline
The good thing about the "Growing Up"-DVD is - it puts almost the whole "UP"-album into a brilliant visual form.
We also have to mention "Red Rain" and "Mercy Street" - 2 killer-songs of the "So"-album making a comeback on the setlist. . .rock-theatre a la peter gabriel - awesome !
lanegan723 August 2009 at 4:37amPosts: 5 (0 today)Status: offline
Speaking of the secret world live dvd, was Red Rain a part of that concert? and they decided to edit that out of the dvd?
elliotte23 August 2009 at 3:02pmPosts: 886 (0 today)Status: offline
Lanegan7, "Red Rain" is on the CD so I figured it was part of the concert.
Duddy, I am not a slave to fashio and will swoon when apppropriately prompted, e.g. watching a younger PG frolick and have fun on stage. Hope that's not a problem. Watched some of the DVD last night. FANTABULOUS! and Thanks for the links!!!
Hey Cimber! I think the Growing Up DVD is gonna be next. Or Family Portrait. Or Play Videos.
Cimber24 August 2009 at 7:59pmPosts: 2571 (0 today)Status: offline
I did not have a chance to see Peter live in 2002 or 2003 - when I finally got a chance to see him live, it was the year 2004 - the "Growing Up"-tour was then named "Still Growing Up"-tour:
It was a surprise, because songs like "White Ashes", "The Tower", "Games", "Jacinto", "Burn You Up" and "Come Talk To Me" appeared on the setlist. Therefore songs like "Mercy Street", "Williams Show", "Animal Nation" were left out.
DolceVita3 September 2009 at 2:25pmPosts: 2323 (0 today)Status: offline
"Growing Up" DVD is a fantastic and wonderful concert!!
I LOVE it,because every concert of Gabriel is a dimond,we just watch in silence. . . . . . .
There are many emotional moments,I don't know what to choose!!
"Mercy Street", "Upside down", "Father,Son", teh beautiful and very original version of "In your eyes". . .oohhhhhh!!! Wonderful!!!
. . . .also very nice and exiciting photos by fantastic Tony Levin in the final. . .
DolceVita4 September 2009 at 3:10pmPosts: 2323 (0 today)Status: offline
Oh my god!!
I am very sorry!!
I would like to write "Downside Up"
. . . . .because sometimes when I write the title of the songs I sing in my head. . . :-]
. . .the power of the Music!
elliotte6 September 2009 at 10:48pmPosts: 886 (0 today)Status: offline
I have caught parts of the concerts on TV and youtube. Honestly, I'm afraid if I own these I will spend all my time watching PG instead of living . I already have to break temptation to watch Secret World Live most days.
Then again, there could be worse ways to spend my time!
Duddy6 September 2009 at 10:58pmPosts: 5641 (0 today)Status: offline
It is a risk of course! Thanks for making me laugh Nice to see you here btw.
elliotte8 September 2009 at 3:12pmPosts: 886 (0 today)Status: offline
Hi Duddy! Always like to laugh and help others to do so too! You do know that PG is like an addiction of sorts. The more of him you get, the more you want !!! Poor fellow, burdened with lunatics such as us!
The Soil9 September 2009 at 12:52amPosts: 1894 (0 today)Status: offline
You like to make others laugh? Good, cause you've done so with me more than once, Elliotte. Please don't ever turn your back on this forum! Hope PG stays burdened with lunatics like you and the others! Of course you too, Duddy!
elliotte10 September 2009 at 4:30pmPosts: 886 (0 today)Status: offline
Well, I did it. Orderd "Growing Up Live" AND "Family Portrait" . so now I wait. Will probably just give in to the urge and buy Up for my iPod while I'm at it.
I could use some Who too. Uh-oh! :-]
Duddy10 September 2009 at 6:17pmPosts: 5641 (0 today)Status: offline
Elliotte, you're going to have a feast for the eye and ear when that lot arrives. Did you see the short interview with PG and R Daltrey on the thread 'What Pictures.'?
Mozo Is Here13 September 2009 at 6:04amPosts: 1077 (0 today)Status: offline
elliotte13 September 2009 at 2:59pmPosts: 886 (0 today)Status: offline
Thanks Mozo. Wow. This was my first experience with White Ashes. Wow again.
I will absolutely provide a review for "Family Portrait" - waiting, waiting, waiting.
How weird is this? Roger Daltrey is coming to Cleveland's House of Blues on 3 November. I may be able to go, but right now looks like I have to attend class. Does $55 sound expensive?
elliotte14 September 2009 at 11:53pmPosts: 886 (0 today)Status: offline
waiting. waiting. picked up The Who "Tommy" CD while browsing in a bookstore. waiting. waiting.
Mozo Is Here15 September 2009 at 12:44amPosts: 1077 (0 today)Status: offline
yes, i just received "walk through the fire" 12" vinyl single in the mail today from the "against all odds" soundtrack. it lists a 5 minute version of "i have the touch." i won't have time to listen to it until later this week, plus i am also waiting on other stuff. i got too much homework in addition to long hours at work.