|Peter Gabriel||Primary Artist|
|Sound:||[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]|
The Story of Growing Up, a film by York Tillyer; Tony Levin's tour photographs - Bonus track: Elbow remix of "More Than This"; Noodle - interactive "Growing Up:" access to an interactive version of "Growing Up" which can be played on Mac OSX or Windows computers (Windows 98 or better); Subtitles (documentary only): English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese
First off, I've never seen Peter Gabriel live, mostly I suppose because I live in Kansas City, and up until we had the Sprint Center open downtown, never had a real location to draw Mr. Gabriel amongst others to play here. I have a kinship to the other reviewer in that I fell in love with Gabriel's work while he was still in Genesis. Who for me meant nothing without him. "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" is classic. I can still get chills up my spine listening to "The Carpet Crawlers" or "The Chamber of 32 Doors." Those songs if you listen to the words make you feel for them, even when the characters are so strange. That is one element of Gabriel's work that hasn't changed. Whether he's singing about "Biko" or the mental patient in "Mercy Street, you are pulled into their plight and you ache for them. Now the video "Growing Up" is without peer. I manage a theatre were we play movies while we serve food and rinks to the customer's chair or table. Before the movie instead of commercials and 20 minutes of previews I play concerts on DVD. Gabriel's Growing Up is the one where everyone in the audience stops talking and stare at the big screen following the concert with awe and amazement. It never fails when someone will come up to me after the movie 2 hours later and ask me who the singer was in the video. When I tell them his name they immediately recognize his name. On the strength of the video without knowing who he is, Peter Gabriel can inspire. His concerts look one of a kind. I mean this man started some of his shows dressed up as a flower back in the day. The highlight of the concert is of course "Growing Up" the song itself. When Gabriel climbs into this big clear ball of lights and bounces around the circular stage while he sings the song is nothing short of amazing. Try to picture it all, you can't so go out and buy the DVD. You won't be sorry you did. I mean even if your not a fan of his music this video will make you a fan.
I have been a rabid Gabriel fan since I was 16. I still remember the day 26 years ago that my cousin put Genesis Live on the turntable and I heard the ending of the Musical Box with Gabriel shouting 'Now! Now! Now! Now! Now!' for the first time. I was instanty addicted. While most of their prog rock contemporaries were vainly trying to impress followers of 'serious' music with one rambling self-indulgent solo after another, Gabriel era Genesis were focused on truly pushing the definition of what a rock band, and by extension a rock concert could be. Intensely dramatic but not overwrought, serious but not humorless and cerebreal without ever being self indulgent. Fast forward to this christmas morning when my lovely wife presents me with this DVD. Despite being a fan, I have lost touch with Gabriel's most recent music. I see that the same man who glared at me from the back cover of Genesis Live sporting goth make up, a bizarre 'reverse mohawk' haircut, and with translucent bat's wings adorning his head, now looks like a middle aged English prof. There is yet another live version of Solsbury Hill making 3 now. With a little bit of trepidation I put it on. Two hours later I am still staring in awe at an absolutely brilliant performance. If you think that the apogee of live rock is represented by the likes of Coldplay or Dave Matthews you owe it to yourself to watch this DVD. The unspeakably beautiful Sky Blue will disabuse of such notions forever. Gabriel is still the most charismatic stage performer I have seen. Even watching him introduce his stellar band is fascinating. Amazingly, even while performing 'Animal Planet,' his ode to animal intelligence, Gabriel still never seems self-indulgent. The eirie Signal to Noise makes my hair stand on end in exactly the same way the Musical Box did a quarter of a century ago. If I must criticize, I have to say the world could do without another recording of Sledgehammer. If a past hit was needed to draw old fans in Shock the Monkey would have been better, and Games Without Frontiers better still. But I quibble. Rent or buy this DVD if you are a fan of live rock music. It does not get any better than this.