An early highlight of last night’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction was Chris Martin’s words about Peter Gabriel, and the pair’s performance of Gabriel’s “Washing Of The Water.” Martin’s speech quoted from “the book of Genesis”…
And Phil The Collins said unto him, “Who are you, oh angel?” And the angel replied, “I am Gabriel.” … “Ye shall be the singer of Genesis now.” And the Phil that was called Collins was awestruck in the presence of the angel and replied, “How can this be, oh angel? I am but a humble drummer. I can’t dance. I can’t talk. The only thing about me is the way I walk.”
Etc. It was funny. There was a “Sussudio” reference. “He’s a curator and an inspirer. He helped John Cusack get his girlfriend back in the movie Say Anything,” Martin later added.
The Coldplay frontman recalled purchasing Us on cassette in the early ’90s and said “Washing Of The Water” was his favorite song. It is a beautiful, underrated Gabriel song! Martin’s take would’ve been a welcome addition to I’ll Scratch Yours.
Watch the performance below. It’s not 100% complete, but you get the idea.
Coldplay’s Ghost Stories is out 5/19 via Parlophone.