He has, as he puts it, “traded in a slightly used pair of bat wings” to reach his present position, but as the subsequent solo album and headlining tour have demonstrated, Peter Gabriel need harbour no regrets.
True, the aftermath of Gabriel’s sudden, albeit prearranged, departure from Genesis created shock and consternation amongst the ranks of the faithful, but by the time the epic LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY album had appeared. it was apparent that the gestation period of Peter Gabriel, the artist, within the womb of Genesis had reached a climax. This four-sided statement, hatched from one of Peter’s short story ideas. captured the ears and minds of critics and audience alike, while introducing Rael. Gabriel’s most awesome personae to date. Unfortunately, this hastened the convergence of Peter’s identity with Genesis’, and the last thing that the lads wanted was to see their tidy collective become personified in one member. So, with Peter’s ideas and ambitions stretching the bounds of the “five-man democratic ensemble” a bit past accepted limits, and Genesis at the same time moving full-throttle toward big commercial success in America. Peter effectively announced “all change!” in a statement to the British rock press. then, like the aerosol kid racing into the subway, Gabriel went underground. The silence became unbearable. Flint illusion and Raelity (choke) the association had lasted harmoniously, and now…what? How would Peter fare on his own? Did Genesis minus Gabriel still eq41. Genesis? (For reasons related to my pers( al health and well being I’ll pass here on the latter question). ■
A year passed, as Peter retreated to family and esoteric pursuits denied him by Genesis’s, hectic road schedule. Maintaining this low profile, he. began to collaborate with the songwriter, poet Martin Hall on various musical projects. Sympathetic view regarding the machinery of rock and assorted apocalyptic visions brought him in tune with old friend and fellow wizard in his own time, Robert Fripp. News of the pairing gave rise to dark rumors of a Gabriel, Fripp. and Eno triumvirate, but Peter was set in his course. A move toward another writing collective would contradict his original motivation for leaving Genesis, that is, to have the artistic freedom to he the master of his own musical fate. Robert’s studio expertise made him an invaluble addition to any group of musicians, as Gabriel well knew; and he also knew that he still needed to fill out the workings of a hand plus secure the services of a producer to help mold his visions into life. Enter one