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Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes (Secret World Live)

Originally released on VHS in September 1994 and re-released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012.  Secret World Live captures the extraordinary live tour, conceived by Peter Gabriel and Robert Lepage. It accompanies the release of Peter’s sixth solo album, US.  For this tour Peter and the band will play more than 150 shows around the world during 1993 & 1994.  The recording takes place over two nights in 1993 at the Palasport Nuovo in Modena Italy. 

 

The Concept – Robert Lepage

The stage director, Robert Lepage, sees this tour as a challenge for him. The album Us, is a very intimate album so to convey it as such, It needs to be able to connect with the audience on a personal aspect.  Robert wished to explore all of these relationships, and to use the design of the stage to personify the male and female, the singular and plural nature of US.  He conceives it as being highly visual and thematically wide-ranging.  Robert works closely with designer Rolf Engel and with Peter Gabriel on the set design and staging of the Secret World Tour. 

He wanted to provide a space where these interpersonal relations could be clearly acted out. So, the stage production shows US and becomes US at the same time. Robert plays with the themes of collision, clashing, meeting and overlapping and resulting separation. Lastly, the sexual and personal aspects of meeting and then pulling away again.

The Solution

“The square stage represents the male and the round domed stage the female. The walkway between them providing communication and the link between the sexes. The link also becomes a road or river, a place of travel and transformation, from one stage literally to another.” In other senses, the round stage symbolises the organic, hope and the world.

The square stage is the urban environment and it contains the projection screen. There is much about water and about fire in the music and these images are also projected on-screen. The lighting design has been used to effect fire and water. The result is one of the most moving and emotional platforms for a popular music concert ever conceived.

The Musicians on This Tour

During this tour Peter’s band consisted of Manu Catch (drums), Tony Levin (bass, vocals), David Rhodes (guitars, vocals).  Adding additional sounds are Jean Claude Naimro (keyboards, vocals), Shankar (violin, vocals), Levon Minassian (doudouk) and Paula Cole (vocals).  Special guests include Papa Wemba and Molokai.  Peter is on vocals and keyboards and the master of ceremony.

The Show Must Go On!

If you didn’t get to see this amazing concert live, then you should check it out via DVD or Bluray.  It’s absolutely stunning!

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