Peter Gabriel To Perform A Live On Letterman Webcast Nov. 9 With A 46-Piece Orchestra


From his days with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Genesis[/lastfm] to his solo releases, soundtracks, digital-music explorations, and his work supporting world music through the WOMAD festival and Real World record label, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Peter Gabriel[/lastfm] has led one of the most exciting, diverse, and illustrious careers in modern popular music.

And so it’s an incredible treat to announce that GRAMMY-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Gabriel will be performing an exclusive Live on Letterman webcast on Nov. 9, live from New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater.

And this won’t be your everyday online concert: Gabriel will appear on stage with a massive, live 46-piece orchestra, performing new arrangements of some of his best-known songs from through his career. It’s a fantastic, fresh approach to his catalog, and you won’t want to miss it. Presented by Citibank, the concert will kick off Wed., Nov. 9 at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific), and you can watch it right here (or on CBS.com).

Gabriel has long taken new and innovative approaches to his recordings. Recently he formed his New Blood Orchestra to perform new arrangements of familiar songs from his back catalog. There are no guitars or drums; instead, the songs find new life with large, lush arrangements.

Check out the video below of Gabriel’s classic song “Red Rain” from the new CD and DVD release New Blood – Live from London.

The New Blood setlist ranged from classic Gabriel material (favorites like “In Your Eyes,” “Solsbury Hill” and “Biko”) to cover tunes he explored on his Scratch My Back album the year prior (including titles like Paul Simon’s “The Boy In The Bubble” and Lou Reed’s “The Power Of The Heart”).

This new approach is unusual for a rock musician, but for Gabriel–a man who’s reinvented himself several times over, who’s always a few steps ahead of the rest of us, and who never seems content to sit still creatively–it makes perfect sense.

Peter Gabriel performs Biko at the Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS in Cape Town in 2003 (Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Peter Gabriel performs Biko at the Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS in Cape Town in 2003 (Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Peter Gabriel and his New Blood Orchestra perform a Live on Letterman webcast on Wed., Nov. 9 at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific), presented by Citibank. Watch it right here or on CBS.com.


More about Peter Gabriel:

“New Blood – Live in London” Is Peter Gabriel’s Orchestral Masterpiece

Five live Peter Gabriel videos

Looking back at Gabriel’s 1986 hit “Sledgehammer”

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26 Responses to Peter Gabriel To Perform A Live On Letterman Webcast Nov. 9 With A 46-Piece Orchestra

  1. Nicole GIordano says:

    Sledgehammer
    In your eyes.

    Would love to win these tickets for my parents, they need a date night.

  2. Stephanie Usis says:

    Red Rain is ASTOUNDING. Missed his last trip to NY, would love to see him this time!

    • Ave Maria Behrendt says:

      there are a few of Peter Gabriel’s tracks that are amazing … In Your Eyes, Don’t Give Up, Biko, Red Rain, San Jacinto, Solsbury Hill, Father,Son, the Rhythm of the Heat,Talk to me,, Flume, Shaking the Tree, Shock the Monkey, Book of Love and Mirrorball … If I had these on one album … it would be THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION

  3. Brian Kelley says:

    I saw PG and the New Blood Orchestra in Camden, NJ, back in June and would love to see another performance. There were only a couple of stops left on the tour at that point and PG & Co. debuted the orchestral version of “Secret World,” which is amazing…and it’s disappointing that it’s not on any of the “New Blood” CD releases. But I would love to hear that version of “Secret World” played live again. And kudos to New Blood conductor Ben Foster (of Doctor Who/Torchwood fame)…a fantastic conductor.

  4. Scott Singer says:

    Rhythm of the Heat

  5. Carly Kinberg says:

    If I were there and Peter Gabriel sung “The Book of Love” – I would be the happiest girl in the world. My first dance at my wedding (2 years ago on 10/25/09) was to this song. I chose it because it reminds me SO much of my grandparents love. My grandfather passed away and couldn’t be at our wedding and he and my grandma were married for just under 62 years (he passed away a few days before their anniversary) and I dedicated that song to my grandma, Minnie, who thank goodness, was able to attend. 🙂

  6. CHRIS DICKE says:

    I WOULD LOVE TO SEE PETER GABRIEL PERFORM SOLISBURY HILL- WITH A STRING ORCHESTRA MAKES THAT SONG INVINCIBLE !!!!

  7. ROBERT LAMBERTI says:

    I would love to see PETER GABRIEL perform my favorite song – “INTRUDER”…. Just an incredible song and played with an orchestra will be INTENSE….. I would really enjoy seeing this performance and any tickets would be appreciated. THANKS….

  8. Laura Quinn says:

    I would love to see Peter play “Shaking The Tree” with a full orchestra!

  9. Benji says:

    I’d love to hear Solsbury Hill

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Having a great day! I won tickets to see Peter Gabriel’s performance at The Ed Sullivan Theatre, on Wehm radio this a.m.(thanks To EHM’s Anthony). I’m truly grateful!!!!
    My husband and I saw him PG & the New Blood Orchestra in July @ Camden NJ show, and it was intense, truly inspiring. The music produced an energy that can not be described in words, let’s just say it brings you to the mountain top.
    God bless Peter Gabriel for sharing his talents to the world while bringing his fans the opportunity to discover the talents of other gifted musicians through WOMAD & the collaboration of many who make up the New Blood Orchestra.
    I wish you all luck in hopes of winning tickets, if not,watch the web cast and turn the volume up and close your eyes. For a moment u may feel like your there in the crowd. Peace & love and again, many thanks to EHM radio, 92.9/96.9 east Hampton NY

  11. Stephen Casalaspro says:

    Would love to hear “In Your Eyes” or “Don’t Give Up” with an orchestra due to their rich melodies. Would love to win these tickets for my wife and I.

  12. Marielena Vitale says:

    In Your Eyes

  13. Rodney says:

    Red Rain, In Your Eyes, or Solsbury Hill

  14. Benji says:

    I would love to hear “in your eyes”!

  15. Bill Marcario says:

    Games without Frontiers

  16. Debra Grant says:

    Mercy Street and San Jacinto are mind blowing with this orchestra!!!!

  17. Stephen Max says:

    I’d love to here Peter and the new blood orchestra perform ‘Intruder’. the percussion effects the orchestra is just fantastic. It’d be great if I got to see him and my many friends from Peter’s ‘Full Moon Club’! For all those who are going – you are all in for an amazing concert!

  18. Keith Wallace says:

    San Jacinto
    Mercy Street

  19. Debra Grant says:

    Rythym of the Heat and Signal to Noise are great live too!!!

  20. I think I would just about die if he performed ‘I Grieve’.

  21. Wallflower. Gotta hear Wallflower! San Jacinto…. Gotta hear San Jacinto with the orchestra!

  22. M. Ertman says:

    I’m sorry, but this style of his music does not work for me.

  23. HUGE PG fan!! says:

    The concert that toured this past Summer was FABULOUS!!

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