Peter Gabriel is playing his first German show since 2014

Peter Gabriel is playing his first German show since 2014

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Peter Gabriel sings at Berlin’s Waldbühne. © Hannes P. Albert/dpa

It was a musical journey for 50 years: Peter Gabriel played the Berlin Waldbühne for almost three hours. Includes “Sledgehammer” and “Solsbury Hill”.

Berlin – Pop legend Peter Gabriel (73) has played his first German concert in almost a decade. Around 20,000 spectators at the nearly sold-out Berlin Waldbühne celebrated the former Genesis frontman in an evening with a musical journey through nearly 50 years of his solo career, accompanied by a lavish video presentation.

Almost unrecognizable in an orange workman’s outfit, Gabriel entered the stage and began with a greeting in German before starting his program in a soft voice, accompanied only by a bass, a piano on his knees. He performed the world hits “Sledgehammer” and “Solsbury Hill” at the end of the two parts of the concert. Brit also had a number of songs from her new, as-yet-unreleased album “i/o” by her.

Gabriel had previously spoken of “the biggest band I’ve ever been in”: He was not only accompanied by his long-time companions Tony Levin (bass), David Rhodes (guitar) and Manu Katché (drums). Multi-instrumentalists, strings and a trumpet player enhanced the performance, which ended after nearly three hours with the anti-apartheid song “Biko”.

Almost nine years ago to the day, Gabriel last played at the Berlin Waldbühne. On Sunday, the Brit will appear as a guest in Munich at Königsplatz, followed in June by three guest matches in Cologne (10th), Hamburg (12th) and Frankfurt am Main (13th). In the summer, his tour will also take him to North America. dp