To mark its 25th anniversary, Peter Gabriel set out on a tour which would see him play his classic 1986 breakthrough album So in its entirety for first time. The So album was Gabriel's bold leap from the experimental margins into the mainstream and benchmark of intelligent avant-garde pop music.
""Rather than make a traditional covers record, I thought it would be much more fun to create a new type of project in which artists communicated with each other and swapped a song for a song, i.e. you do one of mine and I'll do one of yours, hence the title - Scratch My Back - And I'll Scratch Yours." Peter Gabriel
This spectacular live concert, filmed at Londons O2 using the latest Ultra High Definition 4K technology, captures Peter Gabriels celebration of the 25th anniversary of his landmark album So.
This spectacular live concert captures Peter Gabriel's celebration of the 25th anniversary of his landmark album "So". To mark the event Gabriel reunited his original "So" touring band from 1986/87 and for the very first time fans saw them play the multi-platinum selling album in its entirety. Whilst the core of the performance is the "So" album, there is so much more to the concert with unfinished, previously unreleased and re-imagined songs sitting effortlessly alongside classic hits reflecting what a multi-dimensional artist Peter Gabriel is.
Considering the slow trickle of completed albums he has released since becoming a superstar in 1986 – just two albums of songs with vocals, paired with two albums of soundtracks and two live records – deliberate is expected from Peter Gabriel, so the slow, hushed crawl of Scratch My Back is no shock. What may be a shock is that Gabriel chose to follow 2002’s Up with a covers album but, like all of his work, this 2010 record is highly conceptual no matter how minimal the end result may be.