Peter Gabriel To Perform A Live On Letterman Webcast Nov. 9 With A 46-Piece Orchestra

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From his days with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Genesis[/lastfm] to his solo releases, soundtracks, digital-music explorations, and his work supporting world music through the WOMAD festival and Real World record label, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Peter Gabriel[/lastfm] has led one of the most exciting, diverse, and illustrious careers in modern popular music.

And so it’s an incredible treat to announce that GRAMMY-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Gabriel will be performing an exclusive Live on Letterman webcast on Nov. 9, live from New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater.

And this won’t be your everyday online concert: Gabriel will appear on stage with a massive, live 46-piece orchestra, performing new arrangements of some of his best-known songs from through his career. It’s a fantastic, fresh approach to his catalog, and you won’t want to miss it. Presented by Citibank, the concert will kick off Wed., Nov. 9 at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific), and you can watch it right here (or on CBS.com).

Gabriel has long taken new and innovative approaches to his recordings. Recently he formed his New Blood Orchestra to perform new arrangements of familiar songs from his back catalog. There are no guitars or drums; instead, the songs find new life with large, lush arrangements.

Check out the video below of Gabriel’s classic song “Red Rain” from the new CD and DVD release New Blood – Live from London.

The New Blood setlist ranged from classic Gabriel material (favorites like “In Your Eyes,” “Solsbury Hill” and “Biko”) to cover tunes he explored on his Scratch My Back album the year prior (including titles like Paul Simon’s “The Boy In The Bubble” and Lou Reed’s “The Power Of The Heart”).

This new approach is unusual for a rock musician, but for Gabriel–a man who’s reinvented himself several times over, who’s always a few steps ahead of the rest of us, and who never seems content to sit still creatively–it makes perfect sense.

Peter Gabriel performs Biko at the Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS in Cape Town in 2003 (Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Peter Gabriel performs Biko at the Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS in Cape Town in 2003 (Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Peter Gabriel and his New Blood Orchestra perform a Live on Letterman webcast on Wed., Nov. 9 at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific), presented by Citibank. Watch it right here or on CBS.com.


More about Peter Gabriel:

“New Blood – Live in London” Is Peter Gabriel’s Orchestral Masterpiece

Five live Peter Gabriel videos

Looking back at Gabriel’s 1986 hit “Sledgehammer”

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