Maniacal Mondays: Peter Gabriel
I was perusing Facebook the other day (ok, who am I kidding? I was totally snooping around and eavesdropping on my neighbours) when I came across a wall post by my friend Nic who had shared a clip from a 1993 Peter Gabriel DVD, Secret World Live. I happen to own that particular DVD, although it’s been a while since I’ve had it in the player. And while I think it’s a phenomenal snapshot of Gabriel’s career at the time, I actually prefer his 2003 concert DVD, Growing Up Live. Performed in the round, it featured new Gabriel collaborators Ged Lynch on drums and keyboardist Rachel Z, plus veteran bandmates David Rhodes on guitar and Tony Levin on bass. Studio wiz/multi-instrumentalist Richard Evans makes his live Gabriel debut, as does Peter’s daughter Melanie, who backs her dad on vocals. I’ve selected the song ‘Secret World’ from Growing Up Live for Maniacal Mondays today, and not just because it has one of my favourite bass lines (Levin absolutely crushes the chorus), although admittedly that did play a big part. It’s a great performance from an amazing artist, and I think you’ll dig it as much as I do.