Whoever said you cannot go back again was obviously unaware of the power of Peter Gabriel. The intensely creative set designer and phenomenal live performer is prepping the world the United States and Canada for a trip back to the year 1987 in honor of the 25th anniversary of one of the most beloved albums of the decade, So. The 2012 tour, entitled the Back to Front Tour, provides fans in North America with 16 chances to find Peter Gabriel tickets to see him perform “Sledgehammer” and “In Your Eyes”.
Back in 1987, the So album and world tour helped him make his big break from Genesis. His four previous solo albums fell on mostly deaf ears, barely garnering any radio play with song lists almost void of chartable hits (with the obvious exceptions of “Games Without Frontiers” and “Shock the Monkey”). This album, along with the use of “In Your Eyes” in the film Say Anything and the popularity of the music video for “Sledgehammer” running on MTV 24/7, established the singer as much more than the former gruff singer with a skill for bringing music to the visual medium with costumes designed for certain songs.
In addition to the new series of live concerts, Gabriel will be releasing the album re-mastered on vinyl, CD, and digital download along with two unreleased tracks and a 60-page book. This will actually be the 26th anniversary of the album, but the celebration has been inspired by the tour and not the album. That is why the former lead singer of Genesis is trying to reunite the original touring musicians for these 16 concerts. These concerts begin on September 9, 2012 at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebic, Canada and end a month later at Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, California.
So will not be the only re-release from Peter Gabriel. He has already released a DVD of the Modena, Italy concert from his 1994 Secret World Live tour. The DVD offers a commentary explaining the symbolism of everything from the phone booth to fake tree to bridge connecting two stages. Perhaps this tour will get its nostalgic treatment in seven years? But, until then, enjoy a chance to spend the night listening to the hits that helped bring a decade to an end.