Peter Gabriel Releases 2nd Track From New Studio Album, ‘i/o’

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Peter Gabriel has released a second track, “The Court,” from his upcoming studio album, i/o. Its release, on Feb. 5, 2023, follows “Panopticom,” which arrived 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, followed by a North American run in the late summer/fall. “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 U.K. and European shows are available here. Listen to both songs below.

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 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. Dates and ticket information for the North American shows have not been revealed.

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 turns 73 on Feb. 13, 2023, 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
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

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Watch a montage of vintage Gabriel live performances

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