Peter Gabriel – Panopticom

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Written and produced by Peter Gabriel, “Panopticom” was recorded at Real World Studios in Wiltshire and The Beehive in London.

‘The first song is based on an idea I have been working on to initiate the creation of an infinitely expandable accessible data globe: The Panopticom,’ says Gabriel. ‘We are beginning to connect a like-minded group of people who might be able to bring this to life, to allow the world to see itself better and understand more of what’s really going on.’

Musically “Panopticom” drives along powered by the engine-room of long-time collaborators Tony LevinDavid Rhodes and Manu Katché, underpinned by haunting electronics from Brian Eno. Additional backing vocals from Ríoghnach Connolly of The Breath. The lyric is, in part, inspired by the extraordinary work of three groups, Forensic ArchitectureBellingcat and the Gabriel co-founded pioneering human rights organisation WITNESS.

The release of “Panopticom” on the full moon is no coincidence and in true Gabriel fashion the approach for i/o will be a little different from the norm. The lunar phases will guide the release plan in 2023, with a new song revealed each full moon.

‘Some of what I’m writing about this time is the idea that we seem incredibly capable of destroying the planet that gave us birth and that unless we find ways to reconnect ourselves to nature and to the natural world we are going to lose a lot. A simple way of thinking about where we fit in to all of this is looking up at the sky… and the moon has always drawn me to it.’ 

Each new release of music will come with a specific piece of art, ‘we’ve been looking at the work of many hundreds of artists,’ says Gabriel, and “Panopticom” features the work ‘Red Gravity’ by David Spriggs.

‘It was the theme of surveillance that connected me with the work of David Spriggs because he’d done a piece relating to that. David does this amazing stuff using many layers of transparencies so you get these strange creations with a real intensity to them. Part of what he does is imagine what art might look like a few years in the future and then try and create accordingly and I think he’s done that very successfully in this particular piece.’

As well as new music, Peter Gabriel will embark on a tour later this year. Dates in the UK and Europe are already on sale, with shows on North America to be announced soon.

i/o The Tour – Europe 2023

Thursday 18 May        Krakow, Poland                       TAURON Arena

Saturday 20 May         Verona, Italy                           Verona Arena

Sunday 21 May           Milan, Italy                              Mediolanum Arena

Tuesday 23 May          Paris, France                           AccorHotels Arena

Wednesday 24 May    Lille, France                             Stade Pierre-Mauroy

Friday 26 May             Berlin, Germany                      Waldbuehne

Sunday 28 May           Munich, Germany                   Koenigsplatz

Tuesday 30 May          Copenhagen, Denmark           Royal Arena

Wednesday 31 May    Stockholm, Sweden                Avicii Arena

Friday 2 June               Bergen, Norway                      Koengen

Monday 5 June           Amsterdam, Netherlands       Ziggo Dome

Tuesday 6 June           Antwerp, Belgium                   Sportpaleis

Thursday 8 June          Zurich, Switzerland                 Hallenstadion

Saturday 10 June        Cologne, Germany                  Lanxess Arena

Monday 12 June         Hamburg, Germany                Barclays Arena

Tuesday 13 June         Frankfurt, Germany                Festhalle

Thursday 15 June        Bordeaux, France                    Arkea Arena

Saturday 17 June        Birmingham, UK                      Utilita Arena

Monday 19 June         London, UK                             The O2

Thursday 22 June    Glasgow, UK                            OVO Hydro

Friday 23 June             Manchester, UK                      AO Arena

Sunday 25 June           Dublin, Ireland                        3Arena

Tickets on sale now livenation.com / petergabriel.com