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Nov. 18th, 2002 @ 01:04 am Peter Gabriel Plays Live
In a word: Wh-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ow.

He was great. The band is tight, the drummer is incredible, the stage show is very neat (lots of good lighting effects and some other things I wouldn't want to give away to people like kingfox who will see him soon enough.) My biggest complaint is that I wish he had played longer so he got more songs in. But the ones he did play were often reworked just right for the live show. He also played a song that's not even on an album yet (it's for the next one. The next one! I mean, it took ten years for this one! He says, though, the next one will be out in 18 months. Let's hope so.)

The stage is in the round, and occasionally spun about, but most of the time I was facing Tony Levin and David Rhodes. I liked that. Oh yeah, I was 10 rows away on the floor.

The crowd for this show was so much better behaved than for Rush. A lot less of the boozing fratboy attitude. It's strange to me that two acts that I like can have such different audiences (Yes audiences, as well, usually have too many screaming drunks or flailing, dancing hippies standing on their chairs. Don't you get it? It's the music, it's so detailed and complex, you've got to pay attention! Smack!) Perhaps though there was less partying before the show thanks to the cold rain that we had all weekend. Who can tell.

If you think you like Peter Gabriel at all, go see him. Really, this show blew away his last tour, and I'm not just saying that because I was closer to the show. "Red Rain" alone was worth it.
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