Peter Gabriel

Musician, record producer Peter Gabriel

Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving Genesis in 1975, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career, with "Solsbury Hill" his first single. His 1986 album, So, is his most commercially successful, and is certified triple platinum in the UK and five times platinum in the U.S.
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The 1987 MTV VMAs Were All About Big Hair And Glitter
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And Peter Gabriel took home a whole lot of Moonmen.
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Why George Michael's Music Will Always Make Us Feel Like Teenagers
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George Michael was only 53 years old when he left us, but for Generation X, his music recalls the Cold War-era sounds of our youth. The soulful Wham singer hit the top of the charts in the mid-1980s by singing about the jitterbug and filming a video at the Great Wall of China. Yet, in the latter part of his career he became a nuanced and complex, if sometimes misunderstood, writer and interpreter of songs. “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” “Careless Whisper,” and “Last Christmas” gave way to the more direct “I Want Your Sex” and later “Jesus to a Child.” As he advanced to more mature subjects, so did his audience. George Michael dominated the pop charts when Baby Boomers controlled the record labels and the rest of us were coming of age. His “Freedom 90” video captured the zeitgeist of the supermodel phenomenon with the lyric, “sometimes the clothes do not make the man.” The line was tongue-in-cheek but also begged for us to take him seriously. What an incredible voice he possessed; his ...
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Random Flicks Worth Checking Out This Week
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What we've got here is a list of good and bad blockbusters, MOWs, B-movies, and everything in between. And they're decidedly, unabashedly random. Why not plop down on the couch and roll the dice? The Matrix Reloaded Where to find it: Netflix DVD The cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss The synopsis: "Neo and the rebel leaders estimate they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants." That's right: It's Neo and the gang vs. probes! And those probes better watch their probe backs, 'cause you-know-what's about to get real. Also, this movie's got a sweaty rave scene that's pretty much the length of an actual rave. Plus, there's like a jillion Agent Smiths at one point. Whaaaa?! Bonus: This is the Matrix flick with the flying twin rasta ghost fellows. Dreads usually look pretty dumb on white guys, but against all odds these bodacious brothers manage to pull it off quite swimmingly, thank you very much. The sunglass...
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
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Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In ...
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First Watch: Peter Gabriel, 'The Veil'
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The new video pays tribute to former CIA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden, who Gabriel says "shocked the world" with revelations about government surveillance.
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New Mix: Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, King Creosote, More
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Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are back after a long break with this week's essential new music, including Nick Cave's heartbreaking song "Jesus Alone" and Peter Gabriel's ode to Edward Snowden.
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Sting and Peter Gabriel get cozy with each other's material at the Hollywood Bowl
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Peter Gabriel had a stark realization before hitting the road with old pal Sting for their joint Rock Paper Scissors tour: He was going to have to stand next to the famously fit former Police-man. So, the more generously proportioned ex-Genesis frontman decided to hit the yoga mat. Gabriel told...
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Sting and Peter Gabriel get cozy with each other's material at the Hollywood Bowl
LATimes - over 1 year
Peter Gabriel had a stark realization before hitting the road with old pal Sting for their joint Rock Paper Scissors tour: He was going to have to stand next to the famously fit former Police-man. So, the more generously proportioned ex-Genesis frontman decided to hit the yoga mat. Gabriel told...
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Sting and Peter Gabriel get cozy with each other's material at the Hollywood Bowl
LATimes - over 1 year
Peter Gabriel had a stark realization before hitting the road with old pal Sting for their joint Rock Paper Scissors tour: He was going to have to stand next to the famously fit former Police-man. So, the more generously proportioned ex-Genesis frontman decided to hit the yoga mat. Gabriel told...
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    In 21 June 2016, Peter Gabriel embarked on a joint tour with Sting entitled Rock Paper Scissors.
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    On 16 June 2016, Peter Gabriel released the single "I'm Amazing".
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  • 2015
    In March 2015, Gabriel was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of South Australia in recognition of his commitment to creativity and its transformational power in building power in building peace and understanding.
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    In March 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of South Australia in recognition of his achievements in music.
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  • 2014
    Also in 2014, Gabriel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his solo career by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
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    In 2014, he appeared as himself in The Life of Rock with Brian Pern.
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    Gabriel subsequently performed the song with a full symphony orchestra at a concert at the Brandenburg Gate to mark the 25th anniversary of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall on 9th Nov 2014, as the song lyrics reference "standing by the Wall," Bowie's original version having been written and recorded in West Berlin.
    Peter Gabriel's cover of Heroes by David Bowie features in the 2014 movie Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg.
    Gabriel has declared his support for the two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. In 2014, he contributed songs to a new compilation album to raise funds for humanitarian organisations aiding Palestinian Arabs in Gaza.
    In November 2014, Gabriel, along with Pussy Riot, and Iron & Wine supported Hong Kong protesters at Hong Kong's Lennon Wall in their efforts.
    In March 2014, Gabriel publicly supported #withsyria, a campaign to rally support for victims of the Syrian Civil War.
  • 2013
    In December 2013, Gabriel posted a warm video message in tribute to the deceased former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
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  • 2012
    In 2012, Gabriel toured in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the So album.
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    In 2012, Gabriel condemned the use of his music by conservative American talk radio personality Rush Limbaugh during a controversial segment in which Limbaugh vilified Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke.
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  • 2011
    On 9 November 2011 he appeared and performed on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman.
    On 5 October 2011 at the Royal Festival Hall, London Gabriel appeared at the end of an interview of US President Carter by Channel 4 News presenter, Jon Snow, to lead the 2,500-strong audience in a rendition of happy birthday to mark the President turning 87.
  • 2010
    On 21 August 2010, Gabriel performed a live set for "Guitar Center Sessions" on DirecTV.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On 25 July 2009, he played at WOMAD Charlton Park, his only European performance of the year, to promote Witness.
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    His concert in Mexico City, on 27 March 2009, attracted more than 38,000 fans.
    His first ever performance in Peru was held in Lima on 20 March 2009, during his second visit to the country.
    Gabriel's 2009 tour appearances included Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Venezuela.
    In February 2009, Gabriel announced that he would not be performing on the 2008 Academy Awards telecast because producers of the show were limiting his performance of "Down to Earth" from WALL-E to 65 seconds.
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    Gabriel appeared on a nationwide tour for the album in 2009.
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  • 2008
    The venture capitalists, Gabriel and his Real World Limited partners, have created a new joint venture company, High Level Recordings Limited, to oversee the release of the album, which took place in 2008.
  • 2007
    The Times reported on 21 January 2007, that Peter Gabriel had announced that he planned to release his next album in the US without the aid of a record company.
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  • 2006
    In November 2006, the Seventh World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome presented Gabriel with the Man of Peace award.
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    At the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Gabriel performed John Lennon's "Imagine" during the opening of the festivities on 10 February 2006.
    FIFA asked Gabriel and Brian Eno to organise an opening ceremony for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany, planned to take place a couple of days before the start of the tournament; however, the show was cancelled in January 2006 by FIFA.
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  • 2005
    Gabriel actively coordinated and performed at the Eden Project Live 8 concert in July 2005.
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    In 2005, Gabriel gave a Green Party of England and Wales general election candidate special permission to record a cover of his song "Don't Give Up" for his campaign.
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    In June 2005, Gabriel and broadcast industry entrepreneur David Engelke purchased Solid State Logic, a manufacturer of mixing consoles and digital audio workstations.
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  • 2004
    During the latter part of 2004, Gabriel spent time in a village in eastern Nepal with musician Ram Sharan Nepali, learning esoteric vocal techniques.
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    In 2004, Gabriel contributed another song ("Curtains") and contributed voice work on another game in the Myst franchise, Myst IV: Revelation.
  • 2003
    In 2003 Gabriel contributed a song for the video game Uru: Ages Beyond Myst.
  • 2001
    Gabriel helped pioneer a new realm of musical interaction in 2001, visiting Georgia State University's Language Research Center to participate in keyboard jam sessions with bonobo apes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (This experience inspired the song "Animal Nation", which was performed on Gabriel's 2002 "Growing Up" tour and was featured on the Growing Up Live DVD and The Wild Thornberrys Movie soundtrack.) Gabriel's desire to bring attention to the intelligence of primates also took the form of ApeNet, a project that aimed to link great apes through the internet, enabling the first interspecies internet communication.
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    In 2001, Gabriel contributed lead vocals to the song "When You're Falling" on Afro Celt Sound System's Volume 3: Further in Time.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    In 1998, Gabriel appeared on the soundtrack of Babe: Pig in the City as the singer of the song "That'll Do", written by Randy Newman.
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  • 1996
    Gabriel also won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video for his Secret World Live video.
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  • 1994
    In 1994, Gabriel starred in the Breck Eisner short film "Recon" as a detective who enters the minds of murder victims to find their killer's identity.
    On Toni Childs' 1994 CD, The Woman's Boat, Gabriel sang on the track, "I Met a Man".
  • 1993
    Gabriel won three more Grammy Awards, all in the Music Video category. He won the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video in 1993 and 1994 for the videos to "Digging in the Dirt" and "Steam" respectively.
  • 1992
    Gabriel released Us in 1992 (also co-produced with Lanois), an album in which he explored the pain of recent personal problems; his failed first marriage, and the growing distance between him and his first daughter.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    In 1989, Gabriel released Passion, the soundtrack for Martin Scorsese's movie The Last Temptation of Christ.
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  • 1987
    The success of the album earned Peter Gabriel two awards at the Brit Awards in 1987: Best British Male Solo Artist and Best British Video for "Sledgehammer".
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    Gabriel has won three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1987, six Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, the first Pioneer Award at the BT Digital Music Awards, the Q magazine Lifetime Achievement, the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Polar Music Prize.
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  • 1986
    Gabriel achieved his greatest popularity with songs from the 1986 album So.
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  • 1984
    The stage was set for Gabriel's critical and commercial break-out with his next studio release, which was in production for almost three years. During the recording and production of the album he also developed the film soundtrack for Alan Parker's 1984 feature Birdy, which consisted of new material as well as remixed instrumental tracks from his previous studio album.
  • 1983
    Some of the dates of his 1983 summer tour of the U.S. and Canada included a section opening for David Bowie.
  • 1982
    Recordings of the 1982 tour supporting his fourth Peter Gabriel album were released as the double LP Plays Live.
  • 1981
    Arduous and occasionally damp recording sessions at his rural English estate in 1981 and 1982 resulted in Gabriel's fourth LP release, on which Gabriel took more production responsibility.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Gabriel worked with guitarist Fripp as producer of his second solo LP, in 1978.
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  • 1976
    Gabriel recorded his first self-titled solo album in 1976 and 1977 with producer Bob Ezrin.
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    The breaking point came with the difficult pregnancy of Gabriel's wife, Jill, and the subsequent birth of their first child, Anna-Marie. When he opted to stay with his sick daughter and wife, rather than record and tour, the resentment from the rest of the band led Gabriel to conclude that he had to leave the group. "Solsbury Hill", Gabriel's debut single as a solo artist, recorded in 1976 and appearing on the "Car" album in 1977, was written specifically about his departure from Genesis.
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  • 1975
    Gabriel's departure from Genesis on 15 August 1975—which stunned fans of the group and left many commentators wondering if the band could survive—was the result of several factors.
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  • 1971
    Married on 17 March 1971, they divorced in 1987.
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  • 1970
    Gabriel has said to be influenced by many different sources in his way of singing, such as Family lead singer Roger Chapman. In 1970, he played the flute on Cat Stevens's album, Mona Bone Jakon.
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  • OTHER
  • 1967
    Gabriel founded Genesis in 1967 with fellow Charterhouse School pupils Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford, and drummer Chris Stewart.
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  • 1963
    He attended Cable House, a private, primary (pre-prep) school in Woking, Surrey, St. Andrews Prep School in Horsell, then Charterhouse School (Godalming) from 1963.
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  • 1950
    Born on February 13, 1950.
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