Peter Gabriel Adds North American Dates in Support of New Studio Album, ‘i/o’

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Peter Gabriel (Photo: York Tillyer; used with permission)

Peter Gabriel has announced the another batch of North American dates of his 2023 tour. The 13 additional shows, shared on March 21, follow an earlier announcement (on March 7), when he also released a third track, “Playing For Time,” from his upcoming studio album, i/o. It follows “The Court,” which arrived on Feb. 5, and “Panopticom,” released at midnight on Jan. 6, nearly two months after he announced plans for a 2023 tour across the U.K. & Europe last Nov. 8. Those dates take place in the spring. “i/o The Tour” will see Gabriel playing new material from the forthcoming album, as well as delving into his extensive catalogue of music, with hits, fan favorites and “the unexpected.” Tickets for the new batch of North American dates go on sale to the general public on March 24 at 10 a.m. local time here. The other shows are already available. See the updated itinerary below.

“Playing For Time,” says Gabriel of the stunning third track, “is a song that I have been working on for a long time and have performed live, without lyrics, so some people may be familiar with it. It’s been an important song for me. It’s about time, mortality and memories and the idea that each of us has a planet full of memories which get stashed inside the brain.

“It is more of a personal song about how you assemble memories and whether we are prisoners of time or whether that is something that can actually free us. I do think it’s good to push yourself towards more bold or interesting experiences because then you will have richer memories to feed you when you get to my age. You also get taught by every meaningful experience that you go through.” Order an mp3 of “Playing For Time” in the U.S. here and in the U.K. here.

Of “The Court,” Gabriel says, he was inspired by the work of Namati, whose mission is to provide people around the world access to justice they may not otherwise be able to afford. “I had this idea for ‘the court will rise’ chorus, so it became a free-form, impressionistic lyric that connected to justice, but there’s a sense of urgency there. A lot of life is a struggle between order and chaos and in some senses the justice or legal system is something that we impose to try and bring some element of order to the chaos. That’s often abused, it’s often unfair and discriminatory but at the same time it’s probably an essential part of a civilized society.” Listen to the song as well as an extended feature on the track. “I’m an old drummer; I still love to find a groove,” he says. Order an mp3 of “The Court” here.

The European dates mark his first shows outside of North America since 2014’s tour celebrating the era-defining album So. “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,” said Gabriel in the original Nov. 8 tour announcement.

Produced by Live Nation, the 22 shows in Europe will kick off on May 18 before wrapping on June 25 June.

In December, Gabriel previewed the first release, “Panopticom,” and the tour for members of his fan club.

“Panopticom” references an idea that Gabriel has been working on to initiate the creation of an infinitely expandable accessible data globe. The aim is to “allow the world to see itself better and understand more of what’s really going on.”

Listen to the Bright Side Mix of “Panopticom,” the first song released from i/o

“I’m lucky to have two of the world’s best mix engineers, Tchad Blake and Mark ‘Spike’ Stent, working with me on the music from i/o,” Gabriel wrote on Jan. 21. “Rather than choosing only one of their mixes to release I have decided that people should be able to hear all the great work that they are both doing.”

From the song’s original Jan. 6 announcement: The release of “Panopticom” on the full moon is no coincidence and in true Gabriel fashion the approach for i/o will be a little different from the norm. The lunar phases will guide the release plan in 2023, with a new song revealed each full moon.

The song’s “Bright Side Mix” is available to order digitally in the U.S. here and in the U.K. here. The “Dark Side Mix” can be ordered here.

Gabriel, who turned 73 on Feb. 13, will be joined on the tour by regular band-mates Tony Levin, David Rhodes and Manu Katché. Full details on the i/o album will follow.

Watch the official tour trailer

Peter Gabriel 2023 Tour (Tickets are available here and here)
May 18 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena
May 20 – Verona, Italy – Verona Arena
May 21 – Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Arena
May 23 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
May 24 – Lille, France – Stade Pierre-Mauroy

Peter Gabriel (Photo: York Tillyer; used with permission)

May 26 – Berlin, Germany – Waldbuehne
May 28 – Munich, Germany – Koenigsplatz
May 30 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
May 31 – Stockholm, Sweden – Avicii Arena
Jun 02 – Bergen, Norway – Koengen
Jun 05 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Jun 06 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
Jun 08 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
Jun 10 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
Jun 12 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclays Arena
Jun 13 – Frankfurt, Germany – Festhalle
Jun 15 – Bordeaux, France – Arkea Arena
Jun 17 – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
Jun 19 – London, UK – The O2
Jun 22 – Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
Jun 23 – Manchester, UK – AO Arena
Jun 25 – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena

Sep 08 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
Sep 09 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
Sep 11 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Sep 13 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Sep 14 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Sep 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Sep 18 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sep 20 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena*
Sep 22 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center*
Sep 23 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena*
Sep 25 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena*
Sep 27 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse*
Sep 29 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena*
Sep 30 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Oct 02 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum*
Oct 03 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center*
Oct 07 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Oct 08 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Oct 11 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
Oct 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum
Oct 14 – Palm Springs, CA – Acrisure Arena*
Oct 16 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena*
Oct 18 – Austin, TX – Moody Center*
Oct 19 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center*
Oct 21 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center*

*Added on March 21

More dates to come!

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