Innovative as ever, Peter Gabriel to play Rogers Arena this October as part of i/o - The Tour

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      As ’80s megastars go he was one of the most innovative, which might explain why Peter Gabriel today is one of the most enduring. Live Nation has announced the one-time Genesis frontman will play Rogers Arena on October 7 as part of his i/o - The Tour.

      Joined by long-time bandmates Tony Levin, David Rhodes, and Manu Katché, Gabriel will offer a mix of the hits, deep cuts, and new material. Proving the 73-year-old hasn’t lost his flair for doing things differently than the rest of the crowd, i/o will see a new track released every full moon in 2023, with “Playing for Time” hitting streaming services this March.

      After leaving Genesis in 1975 for a solo career, Gabriel went stratospheric in 1986 with So, a record which benefited from power of music videos and MTV. The clip for the album’s “Sledgehammer” won a record nine MTV Awards at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1987, eventually becoming the station’s most played music video of all time. That helped propel So to triple-platinum status.

      Over the course of his career Gabriel has been a tireless champion of world music, founding the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) festival in 1980 to bring artists from around the globe to western audiences. WOMAD continues to be a draw for music today, the multi-day event in Charlton Park in Wiltshire where it's not uncommon to see acts like the Flaming Lips on the same stage as artists such as Les Amazones d'Afrique and Kanda Bongo.

      When not making music Gabriel has been a tireless chamption of human rights organization, including Amnesty International and WITNESS, a non-profit he co-founded to help locally based advocates document and fight violations around the world. 

      Through all this he's continued to make records, with i/o his first new release since 2011's New Blood

      Tickets for i/o - The Tour go on sale this Friday (March 10) at 10 a.m. on Fans will have access to a special presale through Peter’s Fan Club mailing list, starting today (March 7).