No-introduction-required Peter Gabriel, after sort of skulking around the music scene for a while, is back in force. He’s got a new album coming out March 2: “Scratch My Back,” an all-cover disc featuring Gabriel backed by a full orchestra on tracks originally recorded by everyone from Bowie to Bon Iver, which apparently is the first installment in a series Gabriel has planned of “song exchanges,” wherein he swaps tracks with other artists. (You can hear him discuss the concept, and excerpts from “Scratch,” including his cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes,” here.)
And tour dates in support of the collection are not far behind. This won’t be just any show, either: He’ll be supported onstage by a 54-piece (that’s fifty-four) orchestra. Tickets to his two NYC shows, at RadioCityMusic Hall on May 2nd and 3rd, go on AmEx presale this Sunday, February 7 at (general sale to the public then kicks in on February 16 at ). Read more about Gabriel’s current project at Brooklyn Vegan and head to Ticketmaster when tickets drop.
And is it just us, or is Gabriel starting to look a little like Burl Ives' snowman from "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer"? In a good way.