Gabriel Setting 'Up' North American Tour

Peter Gabriel will kick off a North American tour Nov. 5 in Atlanta in support of his latest Geffen album, "Up," due today (Sept. 24) in North America. Gabriel and his band celebrated the tour news to

Peter Gabriel will kick off a North American tour Nov. 5 in Atlanta in support of his latest Geffen album, "Up," due today (Sept. 24) in North America. The first 20 confirmed dates for the Growing Up -- Live tour run through a Dec. 15 gig in San Jose, Calif., but more dates and cities are expected to be set in the coming weeks.

The tour will be Gabriel's first in North America in almost 10 years, and will feature sets created by director/designer Robert Le Page, who provided the backdrops for Gabriel's 1993 Secret World Live outing. Gabriel will be accompanied on the jaunt by band members David Rhodes (guitars), Richard Evans (various instruments), Tony Levin (bass), Rachel Z (keyboards), Ged Lynch (drums and percussion), and his daughter Melanie Gabriel (backing vocals).

Ticket prices range from $45-$135, and $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to WITNESS, the human rights organization that Gabriel co-founded. WITNESS provides media and communication technology to local human rights groups around the world.

As previously reported, "Up" includes first single "The Barry Williams Show," a video for which was directed by actor Sean Penn. It is his first non-soundtrack album since 1992's "Us," and features guest performances from the Blind Boys Of Alabama, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, and late Pakistani vocalist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Gabriel and his band celebrated the tour news today by performing a seven-song set for press and fans at New York's Supper Club. They debuted five songs from "Up," including opener "Darkness," the tender, brooding "My Head Sounds Like That," and the rocker "Growing Up." The group also played "Mercy Street" and "Sledgehammer" from Gabriel's 1986 effort "So." During the latter, Gabriel emerged from behind his keyboard/sampler setup to engage in a few humorous choreographed dance moves with Rhodes and Levin.

As tipped here last week, "Up" will also be offered for purchase online as a 5.1-channel surround sound download playable on new Windows Media Audio Professional 9 Series player.

Gabriel is expected to announce a second, less theatrical tour in support of the album, possibly for early 2003. Planned prior to the tour are appearances on PBS' "Charlie Rose" (Sept. 25), and NBC's "Today" and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" (Sept. 27), and "Last Call With Carson Daly" (Sept. 30).

Here are Peter Gabriel's tour dates:

Nov. 5: Atlanta (Philips Arena)
Nov. 7: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
Nov. 8: Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
Nov. 11: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
Nov. 13: Chicago (United Center)
Nov. 15: Minneapolis (Target Center)
Nov. 17: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)
Nov. 18: Philadelphia (First Union Center)
Nov. 21: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Nov. 25: Boston (Fleet Center)
Nov. 26: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun)
Nov. 28: Montreal (Bell Centre)
Dec. 2: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
Dec. 3: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
Dec. 5: Denver (Pepsi Center)
Dec. 8: San Diego (Sports Arena)
Dec. 11: Los Angeles (Staples Center)
Dec. 12: Phoenix (America West Arena)
Dec. 14: Oakland, Calif. (Oakland Arena)
Dec. 15: San Jose, Calif. (Compaq Center)