“He has the touch” - Peter Gabriel and Sting in concert. Review by Jen Selinsky. Photographs by Veronique Pelletier.
I could feel the adrenaline coursing through my veins as the lights died down. The audience applauded wildly as Sting and Peter Gabriel were getting ready to take the stage. This was it… the moment I had been waiting for since January. I was finally going to get to see Peter Gabriel perform live for the first time since I became a fan in 2007.
Going in I knew I had to keep my expectations low,. This was NOT going to be a Genesis gig nor was it going to be a Peter Gabriel solo show. He and Sting received equal billing, so that meant were going to hear less of Peter’s fine compositions. Still, my husband and I reasoned that this would probably be our only opportunity to see Peter live so we decided to take a chance.
Once the applause died down, the band started with the first number; Rhythm Of The Heat. I knew that I was going to be captivated as the concert had so early on promised a great spectacle of sound and light. It looked like an actual Genesis concert as the lights circulated around the entire room.
It took me a little while to get used to the idea that Peter was sharing the stage with Sting who is also a very talented musician. Even though I do not know much about Sting ( or The Police) he certainly did his part in a spectacular show. . One touching tribute included Sting singing the opening part of Dancing With The Moonlit Knight before segueing into Message In A Bottle. Even though the Genesis reference was brief, it certainly made my evening.
The rest of the concert generated such amazing energy from the fans that it was hard to deny what we were sharing. Suddenly it didn’t seem to matter that there were more Sting fans than Peter Gabriel ones in attendance, the music had brought us all together. The tributes were poignant and the acknowledgements were touching. Sting and Peter were quick to remind us that we are all human. Everyone in attendance was celebrating the work of two great artists as they performed the first of their Rock, Scissors, Paper tour shows.
Just as it always goes when anyone is having fun, almost three hours had passed and the concert was over. Most of the audience had waited around after the last notes of Sledgehammer as we had anticipated a second encore. I will never forget the loud boos as the houselights came up. It made me smile because it meant that everyone had such a good time that the didn’t want the show to come to an end!
Though five days have passed since the concert, I still enjoy telling others about my experience while sharing and comparing notes with my friends. My husband and I were certainly glad that we had this experience, as seeing Peter Gabriel perform live was on our bucket list This means that we can now hope to see Steve Hackett if he has any tour dates close enough to our area. Just like with this wonderful concert, that opportunity may well come when we least expect it…