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DOWNLOAD: Peter Gabriel - Flume (Bon Iver cover) (MP3)

Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel's new record Scratch My Back is an all-cover, orchestra-backed collection of songs from Bowie's "Heroes" to Arcade Fire's "My Body Is a Cage." There's also a Bon Iver cover, a soft-spoken take on "Flume," which you can get above (full track list below). The record is described as "the first part of a series of song exchanges in which Peter and other leading artists reinterpret each others songs." It comes out in UK/Europe on February 15th (through EMI), in Canada on February 16th (through Universal Music) and in the US on March 2nd through Gabriel's own Real World Records.

Gabriel's album-supporting tour is short and sweet. He plays three European cities in March, then there are three North American stops - one night in L.A. and Montreal, and two nights at New York's Radio City Music Hall on May 2nd and 3rd. Tickets go on AmEx presale Sunday, Febraury 7th. General sale starts Tuesday, February 16th at 10am. For all the dates, he'll have a 54-piece orchestra in tow.

In other rock legends playing Radio City news, tickets go on general sale Friday for a show Ringo Starr and his All Star Band are playing at the venue in July.

Full Peter Gabriel tracklist w/ album art, an audio interview with Peter about the album, and tour dates, below...

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Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back Interview

Peter Gabriel

'Scratch My Back' tracklist
01 "Heroes" (David Bowie)
02 "The Boy in the Bubble" (Paul Simon)
03 "Mirrorball" (Elbow)
04 "Flume" (Bon Iver)
05 "Listening Wind" (Talking Heads)
06 "The Power of the Heart" (Lou Reed)
07 "My Body Is a Cage" (Arcade Fire)
08 "The Book of Love" (The Magnetic Fields)
09 "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" (Randy Newman)
10 "Après moi" (Regina Spektor)
11 "Philadelphia" (Neil Young)
12 "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" (Radiohead)

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Peter Gabriel - 2010 Tour Dates
March 22: Paris, Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
March 24-25: Berlin, O2 Arena
March 27-28: London, O2 Arena
April 28: Montreal, Bell Centre
May 2-3: New York City, Radio City Music Hall
May 7: Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl

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Comments (45)

any vampy weekend covers? would get ezra's goat if he was painfully omitted

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 12:20 PM

Peter GAY-briel. In lieu of meh.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 12:38 PM

Would like to see Gabriel live but not if half the show is going to be covers at that price...Do a real tour and maybe 1 or 2 covers!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 12:45 PM

Top price $200 plus fees. Thanks, but no thanks. "Cheap seats" should come to about $70 with fees. I am not paying $70 to sit in the third mezzanine either.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 12:46 PM

I have seen the interview of his. Its really intresting to hear about the songs he composes.

Holiday Flat Berlin

Posted by amandkumar | February 4, 2010 12:52 PM

scoffin' pretty hard at anyone that would even consider going to this show for literally any price.

Posted by erik | February 4, 2010 1:00 PM

fuckin raaaaaaaaaaad

Posted by Isfet | February 4, 2010 1:15 PM

I'd go for the right price - but this is a bit too much (s'pose the orchestra's got to be paid). Gabriel has always put on great shows.

But I suspect his crowd-surfing days are over.

Posted by drewo | February 4, 2010 1:19 PM

I can't stand that headshot...what is he supposed to be, a retired mime??!?!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 1:23 PM

those shows gonna sell out quicker than you can say dirty projectors

Posted by anon | February 4, 2010 1:58 PM

these "get my goat" comments really get my goat. ugh.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 2:16 PM

2:16, sorry you dont agree with the vernacular of a newly transplanted music fan from indiana.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 2:30 PM

I'd pay $$ to see him perform Passion in its entirety with all the bells and whistles (orchestra, percussion, etc), but not a cover record

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 2:39 PM

The only way these shows are going to sell out right away at these prices is if scalpers are stupid enough to buy them. The week of the shows they'd be trying to get rid of those $200+ tickets for less than half of that. Let's hope they'll buy them.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 2:53 PM

UMMMMM who cares. au

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 2:53 PM

I know it's hard for you midwestern transplants and college boneheads to grasp this, but Peter Gabriel is huge and has a ton of fans, most of whom likely don't even know this site exists.

Have fun pouring beer all over each other at Cake Shop and Bruar Falls, though.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 3:03 PM

Also, PG is responsible for two of the best albums ever: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Genesis) and 3 (solo). Check them out.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 3:10 PM

Vivian Girls > Genesis

Phil Collins > Peter Gabriel

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 3:31 PM

Was Peter Gabriel in the Descendents' split band, ALL?

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 3:32 PM

Phil Collins > Peter Gabriel?!? You so crazy. PC needs to stay behind the kit and zip his lip.

Heck, why aren't there calls to reunite the original Genesis? I'd go see that for certain.

Posted by Eggs1234 | February 4, 2010 3:49 PM

nice one 2:30

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Posted by Indie Power | February 4, 2010 6:21 PM

i know dat dude is gay

Posted by gay dar | February 4, 2010 6:32 PM

New disc sounds great. May have to break the piggy bank for these shows.

Posted by drewo | February 4, 2010 9:21 PM

Pricey. Doesn't Pete want my goat to eat?

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 9:29 PM

WHO DAT

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 9:46 PM

Ira Einhorn?

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 10:57 PM

I have been a huge PG fan since his Genesis days having seen him solo about a dozen times. His new cd is awful. I would have no desire to see him with an orchestra especially for the prices they are charging. Either tour solo or get back with Genesis before it's too late.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 11:25 PM

^ it's too late

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 12:04 AM

but will he play an orchestral reworking of "The Barry Williams Show"?

Posted by dave c | February 5, 2010 12:06 AM

12:04 You are probably right.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 12:23 AM

SLEDGEHAMMER

AU

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 8:11 AM

he is still fuckable

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 10:14 AM

This is great news! Radio City is the best venue! Even the back row seats are great seats! There are no bad seats in this venue. I saw Echo and the Bunnymen from the 3rd mezzanine, and it was a wonderful show!

Thanks BV!!!

Posted by regular reader | February 5, 2010 1:11 PM

Anyone know how fans get the presale code?

Posted by echobunny | February 6, 2010 10:31 AM

Presale code is "scratch". I'm on the email list but never received the code....so I guess it. :)

Good luck, looks like most of the pre-sale tickets are gone already.

Posted by MrFix3 | February 6, 2010 2:46 PM

gabriel's take is so f-ing awesome. like a film score.

anyone heard anything else on this album?

Posted by angell | February 8, 2010 9:32 AM

I like most of the album, my favorites are "Listening Wind" (Talking Heads cover)and "The Book of Love" (Magnetic Fields cover).

Posted by MrFix3 | February 11, 2010 4:26 PM

part of being a great artist is taking risks and not just playin it safe pumping out formula music for the all mighty dollar as for high ticket cost this is where the artist makes the money now that we download the music for free!

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2010 1:32 AM

Peter Gabriel is so far above and beyond anything you have ever heard to criticise him is only showing your ignorance.

Heard Foxtrot, Nursery Crime, US, The Lamb?

Sure, it may not be your bag, but that's is about the worst you can say.

Fly on Peter!

Posted by Big D | February 17, 2010 12:59 PM

Peter Gabriel really ditched Ira Einhorn. They were both involved in heavy drug use together and in the end Gabriel really took a step back. Way to go Pete.

Posted by Gabe | April 8, 2010 4:44 AM

I always thought it would be great if Peter could just get off it and write a song about his relationship with Ira Einhorn. Then publicly discuss some of the details. Ira could use the help.

Posted by fmpu | September 16, 2010 2:24 PM

Is he only going to do his new stuff? Or is he going to go back a little bit?

Posted by Business Cash Advance | October 6, 2010 12:22 AM

The only way these shows are going to sell out right away at these prices is if scalpers are stupid enough to buy them. The week of the shows they'd be trying to get rid of those $200+ tickets for less than half of that. Let's hope they'll buy them.

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