Peter Gabriel is 62. Seriously. The Mr. and I went to see his concert on Monday night. I will say that I felt my age as I looked around at the crowd and saw only people our age or older. When did that happen?
His show was not sold out so the Garden closed the balcony and reshuffled the seats. We were super lucky and were reassigned to the Club section close to the stage. That area is really comfortable and there are real bars and real restaurants right outside the door. Not sure I’ll be sitting anywhere else from now on!
The concert was divided into 3 sections. The first, the studio-like set, was played with the house lights on. It made the venue feel more intimate.
He played “Solsbury Hill” and an awesome, subdued version of “Shock the Monkey.” I’ve been singing “monkey, monkey, monkey” ever since.
The second part was the more “electric” part, as Mr. Gabriel described it. His voice is incredibly amazing and the band behind him was fantastic. I always enjoy shows with real, its-part-of-their-soul musicians.
And the third part was the entire So album, starting with my favorite Peter Gabriel song, “Red Rain.”
He played most of the album in order, except for “In Your Eyes,” which he saved for last.
As an encore, he ended with “Biko.”
The crowd, with the help of the drummer, continued to sing the song long after Peter Gabriel left the stage. At 62, after a lifetime of incredible musical contributions and achievement, you get rewarded with something like that. It was powerful!