For over 30 years Sting has been on the music radar. Whether as the frontman of the rock trio, The Police, or solo, he has made his mark. Contributing songs like “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”, “An Englishman in New York”, “Roxanne”, and “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” to rock music he is an important contributor.
Not content to just play the rock music that made him a star with The Police in the 1980s, Sting has dabbled in all styles of music. Such a cerebral man and a competent musician he has reworked almost all of his songs into different sounds and tempos. On the road through the summer of 2016 on this tour, he is sure to hit all the highlights of his long and successful career.
Eclectic and interesting are two words you could use to describe Peter Gabriel’s career. He started off as lead singer and flautist (really?) of British rock group Genesis then after leaving the band he went on to a successful solo career and now he is concentrating largely on producing world music and coming up with new ways to distribute digital music. Let’s not forget that he also is involved in several humanitarian efforts. No moss grows under this guy’s feet!
Peter Gabriel founded Genesis in 1967 and in the beginning the band was known primarily for Gabriel’s wild onstage presence. Not only was he quite dramatic, but his costumes, which had names, got plenty of press. After disputes about the direction of the band, Gabriel left Genesis in 1975. Drummer Phil Collins replaced Gabriel as the lead singer of Genesis.
His solo career began almost immediately after his departure from the band. Not missing a step he continued to be a successful recording artist with such hits as “Solsbury Hill”, “Games Without Frontiers”, “Biko”, “I Don’t Remember”, “Shock the Monkey”, “Don’t Give Up”, “In Your Eyes”, “Sledgehammer”, “Big Time”, and “Red Rain”. Just this past winter Peter Gabriel released his eighth solo album entitled “Scratch My Back”. It is an album full of cover songs of different artists like Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Paul Simon, and Lou Reed.
Going on to win several Grammy Awards, an Oscar, a Polar Music Prize, and was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010. Well respected by his peers, Peter Gabriel has collaborated with the likes of Daniel Lanois, Kate Bush, Sinead O’Connor, Youssou N’Dour, Paula Cole, Natalie Merchant, and Stewart Copeland.
-Date: July 5, 2016
-Venue: Bell Centre
-Websites: www.petergabriel.com and www.sting.com
-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca
-Ticket Prices: $68.25, $106.25, $176.26, $281.25 (plus handling charges)
-Show Time: 8:00 p.m.