his specially created collector's edition contains all 15 concerts* as 2-CD sets from the 2012 Back to Front Tour, exclusive photos and a mini tour book, contained in a Collector's Box.
What better way to commemorate this unforgettable tour. You will be able to listen to EVERY official bootleg available, recorded and mixed live from the sound board. Now you can relive the experience...again and again. *Due to arena restrictions, the Santa Barbara show will not be part of the Peter Gabriel 2012 Encore Series. The Hollywood Bowl show will still be included as a 'free bonus'. Two previous Peter Gabriel Encore Series CDs - the 2004 Nice, France show and the 2007 Werchter (Leuven), Belgium show along with a miniature tour book from the Back to Front 2012 tour have been added as bonus with each box set.
The fans were equally surprised and delighted to hear that Gabriel would play this tour with the same band as on the So concerts in 1987. It is particularly great that he managed to get Manu Katché who has become a respected artist in his own right in the meantime. Though he does not play as furiously as back then he still drives the songs forward with his trademark elegance. David Sancious, whose jazzy influence left a strong mark on the 1987 performances, remains a bit more unobtrusive. There are few moments for him to shine. Old hand Tony Levin grooves with lots of soul, as is his wont, and still finds the time to shoot photos for his website. David Rhodes and his guitar work have, surprisingly, been moved to the fore in the mixes. His input had not been heard so clearly so far. The 2012 tour brings in „two new friends“, too. Jennie Abrahamson and Linnea Olsson take over backing vocal duties. Linnea joined the band at very short notice when Ane Brun got sick, and Jennie was promoted to „backing vocalist with solo duties“.
Gabriel has played the same set throughout the 2012 tours. In San Jose he began to occasionally drop Washing Of The Water for Humdrum. Apart from that the evening is divided into three courses, as he explains before: The first course begins with an unfinished song without concrete lyrics and leads into two and a half acoustic songs, This is meant to represent the evolution of songs that begin their lives as raw piano versions before they are developed in sessions. The second course consists of pieces in the usual, fully plugged-in arrangements, a cross-section of Gabriel's oeuvre. The third course, the dessert, as it were, consists of the full So album without any announcements in the playing order Gabriel originally intended. Encores comprise The Tower That Ate People and Biko. No songs from Up are played...
16/09/12 Quebec City - Pepsi Colisée
18/09/12 Montreal - Bell Centre
19/09/12 Toronto - Air Canada Centre
21/09/12 Philadelphia - Wells Fargo
23/09/12 Wantaugh - Nikon at Jones Beach
24/09/12 Boston - TD Garden
26/09/12 Detroit - Palace Of Auburn Hills
27/09/12 Chicago - United Center
30/09/12 Denver - Red Rocks
02/10/12 San Jose - HP Pavilion
05/10/12 Las Vegas - Planet Hollywood Showroom
06/10/12 Los Angeles - Hollywood Bowl
08/10/12 San Diego - Valley View Casino
13/10/12 Uncasville - Mohegan Sun
14/10/12 Virginia - Patriot Center