Beginning in September, world-renowned musician Peter Gabriel will be touring North America for the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking, iconic album So. Called the Back to Front Tour, Gabriel will begin in Canada, continue on to the East Coast, then the West Coast. Some tour dates are as follows:
2 October HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
5 October Planet Hollywood Showroom, Las Vegas, NV
6 October Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
9 October Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA
Gabriel will be performing the album So in its entirety, along with some of his biggest hits. The tour will feature Gabriel with many of the band members he toured with 25 years ago during So‘s debut tour.
The album begins with “Red Rain.” He wrote the song after having a recurring dream in which he swam in a blood-red sea. The lyrics portray a sense of vulnerability, especially the words, “I come to you, defences down, with the trust of a child.” Peter Gabriel links the songs of the album together with the wandering stranger Mozo, who he conceived originally as the concept for a movie.
His most popular single, “Sledgehammer,” appears as the second song of the album, famously using the shakuhachi. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 26 July 1986 and number four in the UK singles chart. The music video for “Sledgehammer” holds the record of nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. As of 2011, “Sledgehammer” is the most played music video in the history of MTV.
Tracks 3-9 are as follows: “Don’t Give Up” (feat. Kate Bush), “That Voice Again,” “In Your Eyes,” “Mercy Street,” “Big Time,” “We Do What We’re Told (Milgram’s 37),” and “This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds).”
Released in 1986, So charted at number 1 in the UK album chart, and number 2 on the Billboard 200 in the US. It is certified triple platinum in the UK and 5x Platinum in the US, and it is ranked at #14 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “Top 100 Albums of the Eighties.” So is also included in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front: So Live Tour is a must-see. As it is the 25th anniversary of So, it may be the last time he plays the album in its entirety. If you are a Peter Gabriel fan, you can’t miss it!