December 26, 2011 – 4:34 am

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with The New New Blood Orchestra
New York 2011 [no label, 1CD]

Live On Letterman, Ed Sullivan Theater, New York, NY; November 9, 2011. Excellent FM broadcast.

To promote his New Blood album, which was released in October 2011, Peter Gabriel performed on the Live On Letterman series with the 46-piece New New Blood Orchestra.

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The orchestra provided an impressively lush backing track for Gabriel, and gave his lyrics an emotional weight not quite captured on the original album. “They are a remarkable group of players and you’re going to get lots of opportunity to appreciate them [tonight],” he said of the orchestra before starting up Wallflower, which showcased the both the nuances of versatility his voice – at 61, he has no problem still hitting the high notes. What followed was stirring set including Intruder, Signal To Noise, Mercy Street, Rhythm Of The Heat and San Jacinto, with Gabriel using the time in between tunes to offer up ‘Storytellers’-like tales for each.

Closing out the main set with an upbeat take on the ubiquitous Solsbury Hill, Gabriel grabbed the microphone off the stand and moved around the stage, at one point dancing beside the pair of female backing singers that had been providing beautiful harmonies most of the show.

The man behind songs such as Biko remains very much politically acute and Gabriel pays tribute to the Arab Spring by praising the protestors’ acts of courage before going into Signal To Noise.

Thanks to mdshrk1 for sharing the tracks at The Trader’s Den.

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Track 01. Red Rain 6:13 (9.9MB)
Track 02. Wallflower 7:47 (12.4MB)
Track 03. Intruder 4:40 (7.4MB)
Track 04. Signal To Noise 8:24 (13.4MB)
Track 05. San Jacinto 10:12 (16.3MB)
Track 06. Mercy Street 6:40 (10.7MB)
Track 07. Rhythm Of The Heat 7:22 (11.8MB)
Track 08. Solsbury Hill 6:36 (10.5MB)

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  1. 22 Responses to “PETER GABRIEL - NEW YORK 2011”

  2. i dont know about fm but this is fabulous. thank u very much. i dont know how this appearance got past me without me knowing he was on that nite. i guess i wasnt paying much attention to who was on that week. id have liked to see this if any of it showed on air that nite.
    one of lettermans musicians-his guitarist.. was peters guitarist for his euro 78 tour. he can be seen in the rockpalast 78 video of peter. i believe thats essen if i am not mistaken. im going by memory here. i know he once wanted to trade me for it. sid mcguinnis is his name i believe. i used to take pics of the various musicians as they went into the studios at letterman from 80-95. when he was on nbc and then cbs.
    thanks for putting this item up.

    By darth on Dec 26, 2011

  3. Sid McGinniss is a great guitarist. I actually saw him play with Barry Manilow - twice, in the late ’70s. Sounds laughable, I’m sure, but Sid was excellent, and the show was top-notch, for that sort of thing.

    By Eric on Dec 26, 2011

  4. Nice to hear the whole show, over here in Britsville we only got promo samples on the box such as Salisbury Hill.

    By Creatist on Dec 26, 2011

  5. congratulations on the orchestra and the new york concert,hope you are having a nice christmas,would love to meet you mercy street,have a good new christine x new

    By christine on Dec 27, 2011

  6. We didn’t want this Peter, we wanted you to get back with Genesis for one last tour….but it is far too late for that now.
    Sid (whatever his name is) playing with Gabriel was bad enough in the 70’s but he also played with Manilow????? Oh dear, whatever would the “noo wave” lot think? lol!

    By Unifaun on Dec 27, 2011

  7. So this one is different than the one you posted a couple months ago? Song selection appears to be the same just different “order” and not as many cuts. Oh never mind I just noticed, that one was BBC this is Letterman. Nevermind!

    By Tom on Dec 27, 2011

  8. The sound ( especially the drum ) was MUCH better on the Letterman recording than the official DVD from this tour in London. The drum is completely dead on the DVD which is pretty lame considering many of his greatest & most important songs have the drum beat as it’s heart.
    It was & may be still watchable on Lettermans CBS website. The entire one hour concert.

    By ED on Dec 27, 2011

  9. As we all know, sometimes you have to take what you can get and while it would’ve, no doubt, been fantastic to see him with Genesis one more time, it’s still enough to get to see him on his own. These guys aren’t getting any younger and for my tastes, the “new crop” of musicians out there, in general, can’t hold a candle to the “giants” we’re still fortunate to see, like Peter Gabriel, Jeff Beck, Santana, Yes, Brian Auger..etc…beyond that I’ve scoured the net in search of Gabriel shows and not come across very many, so I’m very happy with this one…thanks again Big O for the gift and belated Merry Christmas to you and the rest of the Big O fans.

    By zemoe12 on Dec 27, 2011

  10. Ummm, I’m in the ‘noo wave crowd’ and saw Sid play with Gabriel many times. I thought he was great then (1978 ‘ish’ and onwards), and he’s great now. Man, if you’re still hung up on who Sid played with over 30 years ago, and hoping Gabriel is getting back together with a band he left over 36 years ago……you got issues.

    Me, one of the best shows I ever saw had Sid playing Solsbury Hill on his back and Gabriel play Here Comes the Flood solo at a piano with the house lights up; third encore because we wouldn’t leave.

    And thanks Big O, once again a great recording!

    By raoul duke on Dec 28, 2011

  11. Nope, i’m not hung up nor have I issues….eh, I could go on but I can’t be arsed.
    I assume you are American and y’all didn’t get the punk/new wave thing, which was British, so you don’t really know…e.g the Ramones punk? aye right.

    By Unifaun on Dec 28, 2011

  12. PG still sounds great - thanks for this.
    FYI- Played Biko as an encore.
    Watch show here-

    By Kevin on Dec 30, 2011


    this is the video for just the encore biko.
    i have tried repeatedly to post a link to the entire video like kevin did but i am having many problems doing this. i dont know why. ive been trying to do it since the day this item was posted. it doesnt post and i get a message that says what i am trying to post has already been sent thru. i check and it hasnt appeared on the page.
    if anyone needs the audio of the biko song feel free to email me at [email protected]

    By darth on Dec 30, 2011

  14. Errr, no, not American. Not even close. And I did ‘get’ the punk thing. Probably about the same time you picked up the supercilious attitude to anyone not bowled over by your clearly massive awesomeness.

    By raoul duke on Jan 1, 2012

  15. why are u arguing about punk music on a peter gabriel page? which punk band are u claiming came before the ramones? why do u identify with a movement that u werent part of simply because u are from the country that u believe it came from? if u want to want to stick your chest out and brag about being british because of others who accomplished things that u didnt have anything to do with (which right there boggles my mind) why not brag about prog rock and the brit invasion in the 60s and even the 2nd brit invasion for that matter? there is so much that england has given to music in the last 50 yrs but of all things the one thing u are boasting about is punk? the one thing that england really has nothing to do with starting mind u altho is famous for many bands during of course but sorry ramones came first.
    but if u feel that u must start a usa vs england fight must u pick punk to initiate that debate? seriously? surely u can find more talented musicians than punk ones please.
    dont get me wrong… i thank god i lived during the clash and other bands i experienced from 76 thru 81 or so. after that i believe it all became new wave. sorry.
    now grow up!!

    By darth crdx on Jan 1, 2012

  16. Sorry bud, not British either, and I didn’t think I was starting a fight about punk or it being the best thing out of Britain 50 years.Let alone who was ‘first’, although it’s worth pointing out Stooges, MC5, Flamin’ Groovies, NY Dolls all came before the Ramones. And some will tell you the first punk band was The Kingsmen with Louie, Louie (which Iggy and the Stooges covered, circles within circles…..). It doesn’t matter.

    And the term ‘New Wave’ was being used in Britain in the summer of 1977; I was there and more to the point have compilation record called ‘New Wave’:

    ‘New wave’ in the US was the term record companies came up with to sell punk after 1977, after the image and message of punk got too scary.

    I’m really not interested in a pointless USA versus the UK argument or who had the best music. Music is music.

    By raoul duke on Jan 2, 2012

  17. dolls werent punk they were glam. on hindsight anyone can claim iggy was first punk band and then i have never heard anyone claim kingsmen were punk. thats just ridiculous. one song doesnt make a genre out of a band. the entire ramones catalog makes them punk. u cant say that about the kingsmen. mc5 were were hard rock btw. this isnt a discussion about who came first is it? but on another note.. my comment was about unifaun’s postings not yours. i dont understand the purpose of either one of yours i just thought id chime in.

    where the term new wave came from isnt important. i was talking about the style of music not the phrase itself. much of what was considered punk from 76-81 seemed to eventually become mainstream and more accepted by the masses and while the term punk wouldnt allow it to be..the term new wave would. kids grabbed onto the music that came out around that time and evolved into new wave and it seemed no longer punk-ish.
    in a sense the beatles and stones were punk and many a parent called them such. wanna go back further? think anyone called al jolson a punk?
    lets end this.
    on another note.. im astonished that one single human requested biko from me. holy shit!!

    By darth on Jan 4, 2012

  18. Thanks. I am taken with Peter Gabriel’s orchestral stuff. I was never really a fan originally– most of these are an improvement on the originals for me. I noter that he didn’t do the arrangements himself, but he does say that.

    What’s this got to with punk? The Sex Pistols copied Iggy Pop anyway, so the UK vs US argument doesn’t concern me…

    By Jonathan on Jan 4, 2012

  19. Here’s the ENTIRE video for Letterman concert (including an incredible BIKO ) enjoy! Read my comment above. 68 minutes

    By ED on Jan 9, 2012

  20. OOPs! Forgot the link…sorry.
    Here it is:

    By ED on Jan 9, 2012

  21. Getting this one now. I missed this when it was on. Thanks

    By Matt on Jan 17, 2012

  22. In the long and eclectic career of Peter Gabriel, the New Blood Orchestra experiment is very special indeed. Thanks again Big O.

    By Rex Inlasvegas on Jul 30, 2015

  23. This “New Blood Orchestra” stuff bored the shit outta me except for a couple of the more powerful numbers that worked well when orchestrated…sadly none of them are on this recording.
    I recall Gabriel saying his next project would be a “happy” upbeat album after this depressing lot…we’ll see.

    By Smokin Fatties on Jul 29, 2017

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