RECAP: Peter Gabriel's 2001 performance at the WOMAD Festival in
Much to the surprise of WOMAD
concert goers on Sunday, July 29th in Redmond, Washington, Peter
Gabriel actually completed two sets at the festival. If you were
camping at the event or if you got there early in the morning, you
were among the lucky few that was privy to a complete one-hour set
by Gabriel and his band who were warming-up for the performance
later that day.
Unlike what the official Gabriel site originally reported, the
performance featured a whole band, including: Gabriel on vocals
and keyboards, Tony Levin on bass, David Rhodes on acoustic
guitar, Jed Lynch on drums, Melanie Gabriel (his daughter)
on backing vocals, and the Afro Celt's own James McNally on
keyboards and tin flute. The performance was recorded, so let's
hope it shows up on DVD or compact disc in the near future!
The Set List:
Here Comes The Flood
Digging In The Dirt
Come Talk To Me
Signal To Noise
In Your Eyes
Peter Gabriel's Acoustic Set List Announced For Washington WOMAD
Peter Gabriel's official site
has announced the final set list for the short acoustic set he's
playing on Sunday, July 29th, at the WOMAD festival in Washington
The set list is:
Digging in the Dirt
Come Talk to Me
Signal to Noise
In Your Eyes
The site also hints that a new, as yet unreleased, track might be
performed as well. Could fans finally be hearing something from
the long-anticipated Up album? Only time will tell!
Rupert Hine CD with Phil Collins Reissued
Rupert Hine's classic album, Immunity,
has been reissued by Resurgence Records in the USA. Among other
notable guests, Phil Collins makes an appearance on percussion on
several tracks. At one time, the original out-of-print version of
this CD sold for serious cash on Ebay. Now, you can get the
digitally remastered version at a budget price! To pick up the Immunity
CD click here
for the US version or click here
for the European version.
Multi-Angle Genesis DVD Planned For Release
Reliable sources report that a second
Genesis DVD is tentatively scheduled for release at the end of the
year. Supposedly, this DVD will feature the Earl's Court
performance from the early 90s. Unlike the previously released
version (They Way We Walk Tour VHS and Laserdisc), this DVD
has multi-angle viewing capability which allows the viewer to
watch the show from various camera angles. The band apparently
has the original stock footage from the multiple cameras used to
video tape the performance, making this new
on the up-coming DVD will be posted soon. Additional rumors have
sprouted about the possible inclusion of the band's promotional
videos. As of now, that has yet to be confirmed. My sources
reports that promotional videos will most likely be held back for a
future DVD release. Stay tuned for details!
Gabriel Goes Zulu ~ Show
Opens In New York September 2001
Peter Gabriel and Director
Robert Lepage have created a new theater piece, Zulu Time,
which will make its North American debut at New York City's
Roseland Ballroom on September 21st, as part of Quebec New York
2001, a month-long celebration of Quebecois art and culture. For
more on the story click here.
WOMAD Auctions Ends; One Bidder Pays $5,000 for Five Minutes with Peter
The official Peter Gabriel/WOMAD auction has ended.
The auction made approximately $7,368.33 (minus those dreaded Ebay
fees of course). The highest selling item was the auction to get
VIP treatment at a WOMAD show in Washington and have five minutes
one-on-one with Peter Gabriel which closed at a whopping $5,000!
Yes, that's right! Someone actually agreed to pay $1,000 per
minute to meet Peter Gabriel. Now that, my friends, is a fan!
Phil Collins Angered After Being The Brunt of a Tasteless Joke
BBC News reports that Phil Collins was recently
tricked into appearing on a UK comedy show called The Brass Eye
to lend his support for a hoax anti-pedophile campaign. "I
think the presenters of this program have some serious taste
problems," said Collins who is now taking legal advice over
the incident. For more on the story click here.
Peter Gabriel To Perform Live on David Letterman with the Afro Celts
Great news for those of us will are unable to
attend the WOMAD festival in Washington next week! Peter Gabriel
is scheduled to perform live on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS network in
the USA) with the Afro Celt Sound System. They will perform the
single "When You're Falling" live. The broadcast will
air on Thursday, July 26th in the USA.
New Paul Carrack Song Available On-Line; Info On Carrack's Forthcoming
Paul Carrack now has a sample of his up-coming
single, Groovin', available on his official website. Carrack is already apparently testing out
the new song at his live shows. To hear a snippet of the
song click here.
The promo single shipped to radio this week (the week of 7/16/01)
and should be available commercially in mid-August. Initially, it
will not be available for sale on his website in the hopes
that people will buy it from stores that report sales to the
charts (e.g. Billboard, etc.).
Carrack has just announced some information on the up-coming
album, now due in September 2001. He is recording an album of some
of his favorite soul classics. Songs already recorded include
Groovin', Ain't No Sunshine, Crazy Love, Baby I Need Your Lovin',
What Does It Take, Mistra Know It All, Any Day Now, and Too Busy
Thinkin 'Bout My Baby. He is allowing fans to submit suggestions
on his official site for other R&B type songs you think Paul
would be perfect to pay homage to. Any suggestions? Leave them on
the Carrack-UK Guestbook
for Paul to read and consider. Who knows, maybe your favorite soul
tune will make the final cut?
Peter Gabriel's Up Delayed Until 2002; Gabriel Teaches Primates
In a new article on the VH-1 website, it is
revealed that Peter Gabriel is working with The Atlantic Language
Research Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Gabriel is teaching a group
of Bonobo apes to play keyboards as part of a new study. The
article also shares that the release of his new rock solo album
has been bumped yet again (as originally announced by WOG in June)
to Spring 2002. For more on the story click here.
Peter Gabriel/WOMAD Auctions on eBay!
Not to be out-done by his buddies in Genesis, Peter
Gabriel and WOMAD are teaming up to offer their own official Ebay
auctions. The auctions feature many autographed items including Ovo
CDs and 2001 WOMAD tour posters, VIP passes to WOMAD shows,
Gabriel's blue parachute style shirt worn on the So tour,
and an opportunity for one lucky winner and a guest to meet Peter
Gabriel and receive VIP treatment at a WOMAD show! Click
here to check it out and place your bids!
Genesis Songbook (a.k.a. In the Beginning) Finally Gets A
U.S. Release Date
Finally, I am happy to report that the Genesis
video, In The Beginning (which may have a title change to
Genesis Songbook), will be released on September 25,
2001 in the United States on DVD and VHS. While this release comes
long after the European and Japanese release of the video, at
least you know it's coming out! Apparently, the decision was made
to hold the release of the video in the USA until the beginning of
the Christmas shopping season.
Daryl Stuermer's New Solo Album Set For Fall 2001 Release
Daryl's new smooth jazz solo album, entitled Waiting In The
Wings, is due for release in the Fall of 2001. Expect more
news on this album very soon!
Anthony Phillips Completes New Studio Recordings
Anthony Phillips has completed work on recording
material for a new library music project for Atmosphere music. As with all of Ant's library
music this won't be commercially available. Phillips' shared in a
recent interview with World of Genesis (which will be available on
WOG the week of July 16th) that he has no plans to release the
material on a future Missing Links album.
Also in Phillips news, Ant recently finished work on two new TV
projects. Both of these are
survival programs - the first of these is about Bears and the
other called Dungeons & Dragons is about Lemurs in
Madagascar. Ant co-wrote the music for the second of these
programs in collaboration with Joji Hirota. No broadcast
information is available for these programs yet.
Peter Gabriel To Perform One-Off Acoustic Set At WOMAD Festival In
Peter Gabriel will be playing a special one-time
acoustic set at WOMAD in Washington state, with Tony
Levin and David Rhodes. Gabriel is requesting that the fans
request the songs that they would like to hear performed in an
acoustic setting! Go to the official
Peter Gabriel site and cast your vote today!
Peter Gabriel Contributes to Hitchhiker's Guide To the Future
Peter Gabriel recently contributed to the program Hitchhiker's
Guide To The Future, hosted by Douglas Adams (author of the Hitchhiker's
Guide To The Galaxy books) for the BBC's Radio 4. Gabriel
appears in the first part of the series. The program explored
developments in the music business, in particular the distribution
of music through the internet. Peter spoke of his enthusiasm for
the possibilities of this means of distribution and obtaining
here to go to the BBC's feature about this event.
Ex-Genesis Drummer's Acclaimed Book Is Now Available In Paperback
Chris Stewart, one of Genesis' earliest drummers,
has a best selling book called Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist
In Spain. The book tells the story of how Chris started a new
life as a farmer in Spain. It is now available in paperback and
can be purchased by clicking here.
If you prefer the hardback edition click here.
Radio Silence Album, Sirens, Delayed Until August
Radio Silence featuring Alister Gordon (of
Bankstatement fame) have finished the recording of their new
album. The title of the album, as previously reported, will be Sirens
and it is now scheduled for release on August 7, 2001.
The track Listing is as follows:
Poison Ivy / Sirens Song / Pressing Flesh / Back Door to
Heaven / This is the Time / Shame / House in my Head / Abigail /
Holy Water / Answer my Prayer / Carry the Flame
"Answer my Prayer" was co-written with the late Paul
Young who also appears on the album providing backing vocals in
what is alleged to be his final studio recordings.
Peter Gabriel Makes Cameo In New Afro Celt Music Video
For those who haven't already heard, Peter Gabriel
makes a brief appearance in the Afro Celt Sound System's new
video, "When You're Falling." Peter actually appears
twice in the short film. First as an airplane pilot and then again
as a pedestrian. If you would like to check out the music video
Genesis MP3 Jukebox Auction Announced
Creative Labs-Europe are auctioning limited edition
DAP jukeboxes with special case designs in co-operation with
Genesis, Jean-Michel Jarre and Mark Knopfler. These are pre-loaded
with MP3 versions of many the artists albums in MP3 format. The
Genesis DAP jukeboxes feature the artwork from the second Archive
box set! All proceeds from this auction are going to charity.
for more information on this auction. Please note: this Creative
Labs-Europe auction is apparently not open to U.S. fans at this
Record Collector Reports Steve Hackett will Participate In Crimson
Project with John Wetton
According to Record Collector Magazine:
"Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett is reported by
Classic Rock to have agreed to join several one-time members of
King Crimson under the moniker Crimson. Although further details
couldn't be confirmed as we went to press..."
Realistically speaking, I think we can expect problems with this
band's name. Robert Fripp is known for his head for business, and
I seriously doubt he will allow John Wetton or anyone else use the
name "Crimson" without a legal battle. Only time will tell, I suppose....
(Webmaster's Update: Please note, Steve Hackett later
discussed the Crimson project in the
World of Genesis.com 2001
Steve Hackett's Early Work Reissued on CD in Japan
In Japan, Victor Records has just reissued the
Quiet World album, The Road (Catalog #: VICP-61406). This
was one of Steve Hackett's first bands, and this new release
features packing in an LP Style sleeve (similar to the Genesis
remasters from Japan from a few years ago) and 16-bit digital
mastering. These copies of the Quiet World album are being pressed
in only limited quantities, so be sure to get one quickly if you
New Phil Collins Tribute Released In Japan with Bonus Tracks
In Japan, Urban Renewal, an R&B and Rap
tribute to Phil Collins solo work, was released (for more on Urban
Renewal-see below). The new Japanese pressing includes two
bonus tracks that are unavailable on the European CD. To purchase
this Japanese issue of the CD click here.
New Sad Café
Anthology Planned For Release In July
Sad Café, the band fronted by the late Paul Young
(of Mike & The Mechanics) in the '70s and '80s, will
have a new compilation released in the USA on July 24, 2001 called
Anthology. While I do not currently have a track
listing, this one disc collection is sure to include all of the
band's most popular tunes. No word as to whether or not the CD has
any rare tracks yet, but more will be posted on this release when
possible. The new collection is supposedly digitally remastered.
To pre-order your copy now click here.
Forthcoming UK Issue of Genesis DVD Delayed... Again
Unfortunately for UK Genesis fans, the long-awaited
new Genesis Songbook (a.k.a. In The Beginning) DVD has been delayed yet again. Luckily, this
time, it's only for a week (The release has been
"bumped" from July 16th to July 23rd). Some European
countries have already released the DVD, so further delays are
doubtful. Sadly, still no news on any plans for a U.S. release.
Phil Collins Returns To The Atlantic Records Website - Rumors Subside
About His Leaving The Label
Not surprisingly, after checking with various
sources at Atlantic Records as to why Phil Collins was removed
from the record label's site back in April 2001 (and was no longer
listed as being on "the Atlantic roster"), Phil's
web-profile has mysteriously returned this week to the Atlantic
site. I contacted a spokesperson for Atlantic about the
reinstatement of Phil to their website, but the contact denied any
knowledge of Phil's much rumored interest in leaving Atlantic Records.
She said that Phil's absence on the site since April was "just a
mistake." So, according to the record company, rumors of Phil Collins'
interest in leaving Atlantic are apparently unfounded.
Good News For U.S. Genesis
Fans Regarding The New Genesis Songbook Video
American Genesis fans... I have good news and bad
news. While there is still no planned U.S. release for the new
Genesis video, Songbook (a.k.a. In The Beginning),
the Japanese issue will be released on VHS video July 25, 2001
(catalog number: VAVG-1088). How is that good news you ask? The
Japanese use the NTSC video format (the same one we Americans do),
so chances are U.S. Music stores will import it (If not, I'll find
a place that will sell it from Japan and link it here at WOG). The
estimated price for the Japanese VHS is a painful $45.00, but it
looks like the only way U.S. fans will be able to see this new
Genesis footage unless you happen to have a multi-region or all
code DVD player (or a U.S. release is announced). There are no
confirmed release dates yet for the
Genesis video on DVD in Japan. That shouldn't concern U.S. fans
since Japanese DVDs are Region 2/NTSC which is the same region as the
U.K. (Region 2/PAL DVDs will not play on standard Region 1/NTSC U.S. DVD
machines). Hopefully, news of a U.S. release will follow
Peter Gabriel Begins Working on Rabbit Proof Fence
Peter Gabriel has started work on music intended
for a new film, Rabbit Proof Fence. He is collaborating on
this project with Stalwarts Richard Evans and David Rhodes. Rabbit Proof Fence, from director, Phillip Noyce, is based
on a true story and adapted from Doris Pilkington's book
"Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence" by screenwriter,
Doris Pilkington is the real life daughter of Molly, the central
character, who is forcibly 'removed' from her aboriginal family at
the age of 14 along with two other girls (11 and 8 years old) to
be "trained" as domestic servants (under Australian
Government Policy at the time). The story follows the girls as
they try to make their escape, spending three months surviving the
outback whilst at the same time trying to keep ahead of the
authorities who are hot on their trail.