Peter Gabriel Announces New Album And Tour

9 November 2022 | 10:23 am | Mary Varvaris

His first concerts in seven years.

(Pic by Nadav Kandar)

Peter Gabriel will tour Europe and the UK next year - playing shows for the first time in seven years - to promote his upcoming album, i/o.

The album follows Gabriel's 2011 record, New Blood, his orchestral re-recording project. New Blood came a year after his covers album, Scratch My Back. His last album of solo-written material was 2002's Up, released an entire decade after 1992's Us.

There's no word on what i/o will sound like or when it will be released, but the tour begins in May 2023. Hopefully, Australian dates will be added soon.

"It's been a while, and I am now surrounded by a whole lot of new songs and am excited to be taking them out on the road for a spin. Look forward to seeing you out there," Gabriel said of the tour announcement.

Fans will hear new songs and "hits, fan favourites and the unexpected"; the Sledgehammer singer will be accompanied by his bandmates Tony Levin, David Rhodes and Manu Katché

Peter Gabriel was recently honoured with a Silver Clef award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards for his excellent contribution to music. 

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Receiving the accolade, he said: "I'm delighted to receive the O2 Silver Clef award. I've always believed the role of music goes way beyond entertainment, and I'm convinced that sound and light have a critical role to play in therapies and healing in the future. 

It's wonderful to see Nordoff Robbins using music to reach young people, who otherwise would feel much more isolated and vulnerable, and giving them a means of expressing their emotions. I'm working on a project called Reverberation – on the impact of music on the brain and body, so this award is very timely. I fully support Nordoff Robbins' belief in exploring and expanding the positive role music can have for everyone in our society."

Fans willing to travel to see Gabriel perform live can catch him all through Europe and the UK in May and June 2023. Tickets go on sale this Friday, 11 November. More details are here.