Little rainbow22 November 2011 at 4:29pmPosts: 3954 (1 today)Status: offline
Peter Gabriel: trains and orchestra concert
The British singer stand with the New Blood Orchestra in GEBA for playing his classics.
Among the many opportunistic resurrections and recycling, Peter Gabriel marked down and took his distance once more from predictable ideas that expected from every rock star with over 40 years of history. In his case, the the fact to to reinvent himself makes sense and let those who dare to take part to the experience, levitating. Here they were nearly 30 000, according to the organisers of the fourth visit to our country of former Genesis singer, a multitude that left the GEBA stadium at slow path trying to retain some emotions of a brilliant show.
Beyond the undying devotion that was in the air, much of the public was still digesting the latest issue of New Blood, an album that recreates Gabriel's classics and less known titles from an orchestral manner, in which, the new arrangements set into motion attractive details as pieces added in a known gear.
Live the sensation changes and the repertoire is more than just a good list of successes, the key lies in the perfect fit that achieves Gabriel in front of the New Blood Orchestra, a near-perfect performance in every dramatic rise or times the minimum ambient song required. Above all, the middle register voice, draws powerful throat complaints, is cavernous and other times as subtle as the hight pitched it reaches, creates mystery and sounds as a unique instrument. A voice that had to struggled trains passing by the GEBA stadium every three minutes and warmed the night with their horns.
"My studio in England is right beside the railroad tracks in Bristol, so I feel a bit like home," said Peter Gabriel in Castilian after the first issue and thus transformed the nuisance into smile. English humor, tolerance and above all class to put up with a nuisance that was maintained throughout the show. A few minutes before and when the ushers were placing people in the VIP areas, Gabriel appeared on stage as one simple assistant, with the lights still on and to everyone's surprise presented to Jesca Hoop and Ane Brun, the singers offered a small acoustic set in the best tradition of British folk, later in the show, they will propp every vocal part details. Following act, the orchestra, composed of British and Argentine musicians took took place in that game that divided looks by instruments and follows with fascination howthe assembly of all parts will be produced
On one side, Gabriel remained static and only started to move when required for a final issues choreography. The list does not included the planetary hits (or "Sledgehammer" and "Shock the Monkey" much less "Steam"), the selection was rather done at the margin, "Wallflower" (82), for example, is a song that has not make part of the show repertoire untill this tour and has a beautiful recreation here, the subject speaks of torture and was presented with a heartfelt dedication to the victims of the ESMA.
Dealing with versions, "Heroes" (Bowie) and "Apres Moi" (Regina Spektor) help work on the idea of the orchestra as great sounding box for the matchless Gabriel expressionism, school of thinking that includes a few relatively new band frontmans (Tv on The Radio, Bloc Party, Elbow ).
Perhaps many of them grew up listening to Peter Gabriel III, of which the best appears with "Intruder" and its sinister emotional weight, the subject belongs to the golden age of the Archangel Gabriel, in a time of revolution at pure global pace, the version does not owe nothing to the original one, it bring back as actual issue a theme from the 80s.
The show followed by the hazy "San Jacinto" and its shamanic story told in first person. In "Secret World", a subject on Us, the orchestral eloquence powered the epic and the drums begin to sound louder and louder, in spite of the warning that appears on the cover of New Blood ("No drums, no guitars "), here percussions is pure thunder under a rain of violins. It led to a tremendous ovation, from over 50 people arms up as Vikings, while other ones were accompanying festivities clapping in their hands. Gabriel is great, the show began to overtop as the setlist was going on.
At this point the show, images of flat screens rotate between the musicians (there are over 50) and their delicate skills, singers with bounded dance steps and Ben Foster 's flights, leading the orchestra as a kind of possessed.
Amid the visual and auditory trance, Peter Gabriel took every pause to emphasize his commitment to Amnesty International, his support to social networks and changes that are leading to the complaint towards dictatorships in the Middle East and North Africa and their fall . All in a understandable and clear Castilian with vible efforts avoiding demagogic effects and gestures.
The swing of "Digging in the Dirt", the endearing melody of "Mercy Sreet", or the evocation of Carl Jung in the monumental "The Rhythm on The Heat" lift up even more, timeless sacred themes that changed the course of 80's rock sweeping not only musical borders.
"Red Rain" is a marvel, and even "Biko"orchestral version seems to be under 30. "Solsbury Hill" is the only hit from the list which bears a substantial change, it becomes the "Ode to Joy" almost at the end. The closure is another bid to improve the past, "In Your Eyes" and "Do not Give Up", making duets with singers, they sound as real as the guy who refused to revive Genesis and every time he steps to stage works as a wonder goal to meet.
He doesn't hang a harness, nore did he test strange dance steps, there is some wisdom in his movements and his patience to deal with speakingbCastilian. Of course, no encores tribute, only "a song to go to bed," says the English 61 years before presenting "The Nest That Sailed the Sky", an ambient piece while on the side of the stage passed the nth train.
Original text from Oscar Jalil (wonderfull !!!)
Couldn't copy the translated link which was unreadable, and just wat to add that Peter represented Amnesty on the four last shows of the tour.
Duddy22 November 2011 at 5:18pmPosts: 5641 (0 today)Status: offline
A great review Little R thanks. Affectionate and admiring especially about PG's voice. I love some of the phrases espeically 'arms as Vikings'.
Very nice indeed.