Peter Gabriel Turned 70 This Year

One of the most impressive hits of  Peter Gabriel was “Solsbury Hill” where he tells the story about Little Solsbury Hill on the Somerset border. The star not only lived in Bath but also near Box in Wiltshire. There he campaigned for political rights and against the destruction of the environment. His unmistakable voice and his desire to make new experiments have been changing rock music over the decades. His unusual attitude towards life and work also was noticed during his live performances. This year, Peter Gabriel, the charismatic singer, and artistic visionary, turned 70.

Glory With Genesis

Peter Gabriel was born in 1950 and grew up in Chobham where he lived with his family in an old Victorian-style house. It quickly became apparent that he had inherited his mother’s musical talent. At school, teachers became noticed that little Peter has an outstanding voice and is a very talented kid. His first interaction with pop music was related to the Beatles. He bought the first Fab Four record from the money he received for singing lessons. At a private school, he met Chris Stewart and Tony Banks. Together they founded the band called Garden Wall. Mike Rutherford and Anthony Philips also join the band a little later. The five musicians gave themselves a new name, as a result, the band Genesis was founded, and laid the foundation stone for the worldwide famous careers. Because of some problems at the beginning of the career, the drummer left the band, so Phil Collins joined the band instead.

The First Superstar Of The Video Age

After he left the band and had a short break, Peter Gabriel started his solo career. His first hit “Solsbury Hill” is reminiscent of spiritual experience on the hill of the same name. Gabriel now had enough space for his musical experiments. Four successful solo works were released before he broke all boundaries and has opened the age of video format. The first single “Sledgehammer” from the album “So” has changed the music history and Peter Gabriel became a global superstar. Countless hits made him a mega-seller.

The First Superstar Of The Video Age
The First Superstar Of The Video Age

The musician founded the WOMAD project and dedicated it to different styles of music. Cultures from all around the world have been coming together here for almost 40 years. So far, the organization has made more than 150 events in 22 countries. Gabriel established his brand called Real World Studios so that world music would gain more attention in the West. In addition to numerous projects, such as the Millions Show Ovo, the musician devoted himself to multiple extensive world tours and a cover project. On “Scratch My Back”, he covered songs by other artists that returned in favor of the follow-up album “And I Will Scratch Yours”. Peter Gabriel is committed to Amnesty International and helps activists to fight for human rights besides many other activities, so it seems that 70 is really just a number and nothing can stop Peter Gabriel.