After 10 Years, Gabriel Looks 'Up'

It has been 10 years since Peter Gabriel's last studio set, "Us," but the artist has finally wrapped work on its follow-up, "Up," due Sept. 24 via Geffen. The 11-song set is led by first single "The B

It has been 10 years since Peter Gabriel's last studio set, "Us," but the artist has finally wrapped work on its follow-up, "Up," due Sept. 24 via Geffen. The 11-song set is led by first single "The Barry Williams Show" (which was not written about "The Brady Bunch" star of the same name). A diverse group of guest artists make appearances, including the Blind Boys Of Alabama, the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, and bassist Danny Thompson (Talk Talk, David Sylvian).

"Up" does its best to make up for lost time, with the majority of the tracks stretching past the six-minute mark. Many songs have been previewed over the past few months on Gabriel's official Web site, while others have their basis in prior songs, including "I Grieve," which previously appeared on the soundtrack to the 1998 film "City of Angels" but has been heavily revamped.

A fall tour is in the works, with a Nov. 5 date in Atlanta already set and shows expected to run through mid-December. Gabriel will also perform with the band Slut at the KoniXXtreffer festival, set for Aug. 31 in Munich. Bryan Ferry, the Ark, and Reamonn are also in the bill.

Gabriel has released a lot of music since "Us," including the recent soundtrack to the Australian film "Rabbit Proof Fence" and a collaboration with rap act Naughty By Nature for its TVT album "iicons." The bulk of his catalog was also reissued this year via Geffen.