Peter Gabriel | United Center | September 27, 2012
Photo: Erica Gannett
Esteemed TOC photog (and Peter Gabriel superfan) Erica Gannett has seen a lot of rock shows. Like, a lot a lot. And still, she described last night's Peter Gabriel show at United Center as one of the best she's seen in years. Gabriel started off by letting the audience know that the evening would be split into parts—starting with some "practice" pieces and then working up to an elaborately filmed performance of their entire 1986 hit album So.
A few of Gannett's highlights from the show:
Gabriel performed the first three songs of the night (including "Shock the Monkey) acoustically, with the house lights on.
The original band that recorded So was there to perform the album with him last night.
The show was very theatrical—Gabriel and the band did choreographed dancing throughout the show, the lighting was dramatic and the stage setup felt almost like the set of the movie.
A film crew was onstage, with elaborate camera equipment. The rigs engulfed Gabriel during several moments of the performance.
The sound was perfectly mixed, the band perfectly in tune with each other. They stayed close to the original musical arrangements and phrasings from the album, but the amount of energy coming from the band was electric.