April 14, 2020

Peter Gabriel: Live in Verona

Peter Gabriel has posted pro-shot videos of his show @ Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy on September 26, 2010 to raise money to fight the virus in Italy (or to donate money locally). The show was filmed by his daughter Anna and Andrew Gaston, but was never released officially:

For almost fifty years I have loved Italy, the people, the culture, the food, the history and more recently the island of Sardinia.

Italy offered us work when there was none, especially each summer in the 70s, gigs were always found and some of our best and most chaotic tour experiences were when we were driving ourselves all over the country for a hodge-bodge of brilliant gigs, from seaside discos to football pitches in the mountains.

Both Genesis and my music found wonderful and passionate audiences that used to sing along with us throughout the gigs and whenever I was doing a live album I would always ask first whether it could be arranged in Italy.

I speak some Italian - really badly, but enough for it to feel like our home from home. It really hit us hard as a family, to watch the daily reports of deaths and devastation that this brutal virus has brought.

Ten years ago, I asked my daughter Anna to film the show that we were planning to play with an orchestra at the Arena di Verona, which is an extraordinary place in which to be able to perform. Although I was recovering from a cold and not quite hitting the notes as I wanted, Anna did a wonderful job with her collaborator Andrew Gaston, and a great team, in capturing a very special night.

The films she made have not been seen by a wide enough audience. Now many of us are at home and isolated, so we wanted to make them available to anyone interested, on the Real World Vimeo channel with the sole request that you consider contributing to one of these organisations raising money to fight the virus:

Civil Protection Department
Italian Red Cross

If you prefer to donate some money more locally, then please do that instead.

We are thinking of all our friends and fans and everybody who has been hit in one way or another by this virus in Italy and around the world. We are also worried we are not far behind you in the UK.

Really looking forward to seeing you all when this genie is back in the bottle.

Enjoy the films and stay safe,
- PG

1st Set
  1. "Heroes" (David Bowie cover)
  2. The Boy in the Bubble (Paul Simon cover)
  3. Mirrorball (Elbow cover)
  4. Flume (Bon Iver cover)
  5. Listening Wind (Talking Heads cover)
  6. The Power of the Heart (Lou Reed cover)
  7. My Body Is a Cage (Arcade Fire cover)
  8. The Book of Love (The Magnetic Fields cover)
  9. I Think It's Going to Rain Today (Randy Newman cover)
  10. Apr├Ęs Moi (Regina Spektor cover)
  11. Philadelphia (Neil Young cover)
  12. Street Spirit (Fade Out) (Radiohead cover)
  13. Wallflower
2nd Set
  1. San Jacinto
  2. Digging in the Dirt
  3. The Drop
  4. Signal to Noise
  5. Downside Up
  6. Darkness
  7. Mercy Street
  8. Blood of Eden
  9. The Rhythm of the Heat
  10. Washing of the Water
  11. Intruder
  12. Red Rain
  13. Solsbury Hill
  1. In Your Eyes
  2. Don't Give Up
  3. The Nest That Sailed the Sky

» petergabriel.com

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