Peter Gabriel Goes ‘Back to Front’ with Fall Tour Dates
In honor of the 25th anniversary of his album So, Peter Gabriel has announced the Back to Front North American tour for later this year. On every date of the tour, Gabriel and his band will play the entire album start to finish, and throw in some of his other greatest hits for good measure.
The trek is set to begin on September 16 at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, and will continue until October 9, when So will be performed at the Santa Barbara County Bowl in Santa Barbara, Calif. In between those dates, Gabriel will also visit Montreal; Toronto; Philadelphia; Wantaugh, N.Y.; Boston; Detroit; Chicago; Denver; San Jose, Calif.; Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
A press release announcing the dates states that more cities may be added to the tour in the coming months.
As a further celebration of the album’s birthday, new reissue packages will be released on September 18. The three packages that will be available are a CD, a special three-CD collection and a Super Deluxe Box Set.
So was released in 1986, and has gone on to become Gabriel’s best-selling album, with more than five million copies sold in the U.S. The album’s most known song is probably the Gabriel classic “In Your Eyes,” and the album also contains “Sledgehammer,” “Big Time,” “Red Rain” and “Don’t Give Up.” The latter is a duet with British singer/songwriter Kate Bush. Renowned producer Daniel Lanois produced the album.
Gabriel, of course, first came to prominence as a singer and flautist for Genesis, a band he co-founded but then left in 1975 to pursue a solo career. His most recent album was New Blood, which was released late last year. The album contains rerecordings of classic Gabriel songs done with an orchestra. Songs on the album include “Red Rain,” “Don’t Give Up” and “In Your Eyes.”