December 6, 2013 |
On “Graceland,” his 1986 Grammy Award-winning album, Paul Simon sang a secular lullaby that could've been addressed to the oppressed black multitudes of apartheid South Africa and their moral leader, Nelson Mandela. “These are the days of lasers in the jungle,” Simon intoned on the album's lead-off track, “The Boy in the Bubble.” “These are the days of miracle and wonder / And don't cry baby, don't cry.” Although the ambiguous lyrics seem to refer to a broader human condition, they also evoke the aspirations that were roiling South Africa in the mid-1980s and that Mandela embodied, both within his country and to the outside world. FULL COVERAGE: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
December 28, 1986 |
The win, place and show positions in the Times' pop-music writers' 1986 album poll signify a sweep for the old guard. The music they're making these days might be fresh and adventurous, but you'd need a calculator to total the years of experience under the belts of Gabriel, Simon and--a relative newcomer--Costello. That's a sharp contrast to the '85 voting, which crowned "Tim" by the young Minnesota upstarts the Replacements (who didn't release an album in '86). Even fourth-place R.E.M.
May 25, 1986 |
"SO." Peter Gabriel. Geffen. The time may be right for Peter Gabriel. The English singer's multi-personality performances with Genesis were overshadowed by David Bowie in the early '70s, and punk and post-punk drew attention from his first four brilliant solo albums. But in the current drought of artistry, Gabriel stands out as never before. What's more, his first album in over three years offers more of Gabriel's playful and comforting personae than any previous collection.
January 27, 2004 |
Rock veterans Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno are launching a musicians' alliance that would cut against the industry grain by letting artists sell their music online instead of only through record labels. With the Internet transforming how people buy and listen to songs, musicians need to act now to claim digital music's future, Gabriel and Eno argued Monday as they handed out a slim red manifesto at a huge deal-making music conference known as Midem.
February 25, 2014 |
Few fans have been more vocal about their favorite group's long absence from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame than those in the KISS Army, but now that the long-running hard rock outfit is being inducted, members have decided to opt out of performing at this year's ceremony. The problem? Deciding which incarnation of KISS would perform. In a statement released Sunday, members of the current version of the band said they wanted “ to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members” who have played with the group over the years.
November 5, 2013 |
It's almost inconceivable today, but a generation ago, some of the biggest pop music events in the history of the planet came and went with no commercially available evidence left behind. That curious fact is brought to the fore with this week's first-ever home video release of “¡Released!” -- separate DVD and CD sets highlighting performances from four-star-packed Amnesty International concerts and tours that sprang up from 1986 to 1998. Those events brought out high-profile supporters including Bruce Springsteen, Sting, U2, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Miles Davis, Sinead O'Connor, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and many more.
September 17, 1993 |
What does rock singer Peter Gabriel have in common with the Cal State Dominguez Hills women's soccer team? Both will use the same grounds for events this weekend. Gabriel's concert has priority, so the Toros must move two matches to a practice area adjacent to the main field. Gabriel will perform Saturday afternoon as part of the World of Music Art and Dance Organization, which he founded in 1980.
December 12, 2002 |
Peter Gabriel is such a thoughtful and caring artist that his concerts can feel as much like a missionary crusade as a traditional pop tour. He's not interested in just entertaining us, but in bringing us together -- individuals and cultures -- in a cleansing, inspiring experience. With the underlying humanitarianism in his music and manner, his performances could be held in a cathedral as easily as an arena.
November 1, 1992 |
Michael Jackson might be the King of Rock, Pop & Soul--or, hey, might not--but there's still one unofficial and unsolicited pop-royalty title that's not the slightest bit in dispute: Peter Gabriel remains the King of Music Video. Gabriel's riveting "Digging in the Dirt" clip, his first of the '90s, is a cogent reminder that the form can still be an art form, an idea that's been easy to lose sight of during the paltry pickings these last few video years.