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Peter Gabriel Shares New Single Road To Joy [Bright-Side Mix]

Monday, 05 June 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Peter Gabriel has shared a new single, Road To Joy [Bright-Side Mix].

Co-produced with Brian Eno, the art-pop track features the Soweto Gospel Choir and string arrangement by John Metcalfe. It serves as the sixth preview of Gabriel's forthcoming album, 'i/o', though a release date for the LP is still to be confirmed. In a statement, Gabriel said:

"I’m working on a project which is partly a story focused around the brain and how we perceive things and this song connects to that. It deals with near-death experience and locked-in syndrome situations where people are unable to communicate or to move. It’s an amazingly frustrating condition. There have been some great books and films about this subject, but at this point in our story the people looking after our hero manage to find a way to wake him up. So, it’s a lyric about coming back into your senses, back to life, back into the world.

"The song is one of the last tracks to emerge for the i/o record, but it has some DNA from an earlier project; it was actually very late in the record that we got to this. There had been a song that musically I’d started, I think, around the OVO project called Pukka. It was very different to this, but it was actually the starting point for coming back to this song. I just felt there was a good groove there, and I wanted something else with rhythm and so we tried a few things when I was working with Brian Eno. The excitement and energy in the song was something that I was getting off on. I felt we didn’t have enough of that for this record."

It'll be joined on the record by the previously unveiled songs Four Kinds Of Horses, The Court, Panopticam, Playing For Time, and its title track. The posting of the singles continues to coincide with events in the lunar calendar, with Road To Joy arriving alongside the Strawberry Moon.

Gabriel is currently touring Europe and plays a show in Amsterdam tonight (June 5). The UK and Ireland leg of the trek will begin on June 17 at Birmingham's Utilita Arena, with North American dates following in September and October.

Peter Gabriel Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Mon June 05 2023 - AMSTERDAM Ziggo Dome (Netherlands)
Tue June 06 2023 - ANTWERP Sportpaleis (Belgium)
Thu June 08 2023 - ZURICH Hallenstadion (Switzerland)
Sat June 10 2023 - COLOGNE Lanxess Arena (Germany)
Mon June 12 2023 - HAMBURG Barclays Arena (Germany)
Tue June 13 2023 - FRANKFURT Festhalle (Germany)
Thu June 15 2023 - BORDEAUX ARKEA ARENA (France)

Sat June 17 2023 - BIRMINGHAM Utilita Arena
Mon June 19 2023 - LONDON O2 Arena
Tue June 20 2023 - NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena
Thu June 22 2023 - GLASGOW OVO Hydro
Fri June 23 2023 - MANCHESTER AO Arena
Sun June 25 2023 - DUBLIN 3Arena

Fri September 08 2023 - QUEBEC CITY Quebec - Centre Videotron (Canada)
Sat September 09 2023 - OTTAWA Ontario - Canadian Tire Centre (Canada)
Mon September 11 2023 - TORONTO Ontario - Scotiabank Arena (Canada)
Wed September 13 2023 - MONTREAL Quebec - Centre Bell (Canada)
Thu September 14 2023 - BOSTON Massachusetts - TD Garden (USA)
Sat September 16 2023 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia (USA)
Mon September 18 2023 - NEW YORK New York - Madison Square Garden (USA)
Wed September 20 2023 - WASHINGTON District Of Columbia - Capital One Arena (USA)
Fri September 22 2023 - BUFFALO New York - KeyBank Center (USA)
Sat September 23 2023 - PITTSBURGH Pennsylvania - PPG Paints Arena (USA)
Mon September 25 2023 - COLUMBUS Ohio - Nationwide Arena (USA)
Wed September 27 2023 - CLEVELAND Ohio - Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (USA)
Fri September 29 2023 - DETROIT Michigan - Little Caesars Arena (USA)
Sat September 30 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - United Center (USA)
Mon October 02 2023 - MILWAUKEE Wisconsin - Fiserv Forum (USA)
Tue October 03 2023 - SAINT PAUL Minnesota - Xcel Energy Center (USA)
Sat October 07 2023 - VANCOUVER British Columbia - Rogers Arena (Canada)
Sun October 08 2023 - SEATTLE Washington - Climate Pledge Arena (USA)
Wed October 11 2023 - SAN FRANCISCO California - Chase Center (USA)
Fri October 13 2023 - LOS ANGELES California - Kia Forum (USA)
Sat October 14 2023 - PALM SPRINGS California - Acrisure Arena at Greater Palm Springs (USA)
Mon October 16 2023 - DENVER Colorado - Ball Arena (USA)
Wed October 18 2023 - AUSTIN Texas - Moody Center ATX (USA)
Thu October 19 2023 - DALLAS Texas - American Airlines Center (USA)
Sat October 21 2023 - HOUSTON Texas - Toyota Center (USA)

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