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· Toddstar on May 22 2012 22:31:15
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“…how profoundly powerful music can be in the hands of an absolute master like Peter Gabriel.” – LA TIMES

Following a critically acclaimed New Blood tour in 2011 that reignited Peter Gabriel fans across the world by reimagining his best known songs through stunning orchestral arrangements, Gabriel announced today his return to U.S. stages to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking, iconic album So.

Focusing on the entirety of that multi-platinum album, the tour, entitled BACK TO FRONT, will feature Gabriel with members of the original So touring band and will feature the album’s songs from start to finish plus some of his other biggest hits.  The tour stops in 13 North American cities and tickets go on sale beginning May 23rd in Canada and May 31st in the U.S. for fan club members with general on-sales to follow at and

To coincide with the tour, So will be re-issued on September 18th as a CD, special edition 3-CD set, and Super Deluxe Box Set.   So is the best-selling album of Gabriel’s career and debuted at the top of the music charts around the world going on to achieve 5-times platinum sales and becoming one of the most seminal albums of the 1980’s.  It features hits such as “Sledgehammer,” “Big Time,” “Red Rain,” the haunting duet “Don’t Give Up” with Kate Bush, and one of the most iconic songs of all time “In Your Eyes.”  The songs were also part of the emerging video revolution and the groundbreaking “Sledgehammer” became one of the most awarded video’s of its time.  To this date, “Sledgehammer” remains the most played video of all time on MTV.

More details on the CD can be found at

Peter Gabriel first came to international prominence with the success of Genesis, a band that he co-founded while still at school. Since leaving Genesis in 1975, his recording career has included seven studio albums, film soundtracks for Alan Parker’s ‘Birdy’, Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ and Philip Noyce’s ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’ as well as live and compilation albums. His wider musical career has included multiple Grammy Awards, the creation of the Real World record label, and in 1980 the creation of WOMAD, the festival that has launched the careers of many world music artists.

Peter Gabriel co-founded the human rights organization in 1989, the organization that pioneered the use of technology in human rights campaigning, and in 2007 the was launched by Nelson Mandela, which was founded by Peter Gabriel and Sir Richard Branson.  In 2006, Peter Gabriel was awarded the prestigious Man of Peace title by The Nobel Peace Laureates and in 2008 was also included in the Time 100 list.  He has also engaged in a wide variety of tech-based businesses throughout a variety of creative industries.

PETER GABRIEL     2012 North American Tour Itinerary
September 16           Quebec City, QC        Colisee Pepsi
September 18         Montreal, QC              Bell Centre
September 19    Toronto, ON                Air Canada Centre
September 21             Philadelphia, PA          Wells Fargo Center
September 23           Wantaugh, NY            Nikon at Jones Beach
September 24          Boston, MA                 TD Garden
September 26    Detroit, MI                   Palace of Auburn Hills
September 27        Chicago, IL                 United Center
September 30           Denver, CO                Red Rocks
October 2                San Jose, CA              HP Pavilion
October 5                    Las Vegas, NV            Planet Hollywood Showroom
October 6               Los Angeles, CA         Hollywood Bowl
October 9                Santa Barbara, CA     Santa Barbara County Bowl

**Additional dates could be announced and itinerary subject to change.

For complete tour and ticket information visit and
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