Peter Gabriel Reveals So 25th Anniversary Editions

The “In Your Eyes” scene in Say Anything — Cusack, boom box aloft, serenading Ione Skye — might be one of the most iconic moments in ’80s cinema. It also probably, over time, sapped the Peter Gabriel song of its massive emotional power and turned it into a soft-rock radio earworm. I sometimes feel like the entire Gabriel album from which “In Your Eyes” was harvested — 1987’s So — has been dismissed due to that association, although it really doesn’t deserve to be: As a collection of songs, So approaches perfection; it’s Gabriel’s most accessible album, yes, but it’s unfailingly lush, resonant, and beautiful. To celebrate the album’s 25th anniversary, Real World/EMI has digitally remastered So for an expanded reissue, due 10/23. The reissue will be accompanied by a 16-date North American tour this fall, on which So will be performed in its entirety (alongside other Gabriel solo hits), featuring musicians from Gabriel’s 1987 tour. (I’m not holding out hope that Kate Bush will join him for “Don’t Give Up,” but who knows?) The expanded So will include the two-CD Live In Athens 1987; the deluxe limited edition, meanwhile, contains an additional CD (So DNA, featuring work-in-progress song drafts), two DVDs (Live In Athens concert film and a documentary about So) as well as a 12″ vinyl single including “Courage,” “Sagrada,” and “Don’t Give Up (Alternative Version — Piano and Bvox Mix).” Guaranteed to eliminate Lloyd Dobler from memory altogether. Tour dates and track list below.

CD 1 – So remastered:

01 “Red Rain”
02 “Sledgehammer”
03 “Don’t Give Up” (with Kate Bush)
04 “That Voice Again”
05 “Mercy Street”
06 “Big Time”
07 “We Do What We’re Told (Miligram’s 37)”
08 “This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)”
09 “In Your Eyes”
CDs 2 and 3: Live In Athens 1987:

01 “This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)”
02 “San Jacinto”
03 “Shock The Monkey”
04 “Family Snapshot”
05 “Intruder”
06 “Games Without Frontiers”
07 “No Self Control”
08 “Mercy Street”
09 “The Family And The Fishing Net”
10 “Don’t Give Up”
11 “Solsbury Hill”
12 “Lay Your Hands On Me”
13 “Sledgehammer”
14 “Here Comes The Flood”
15 “In Your Eyes”
16 “Biko”
Tour dates:

09/16 – Quebec City, QC @ Colisee Pepsi
09/18 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
09/19 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
09/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
09/23 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach
09/24 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
09/26 – Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
09/27 – Chicago, IL @ United Centre
09/30 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
10/02 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
10/05 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood Showroom
10/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
10/08 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino
10/09 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara County Bowl
10/13 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
10/14 – Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center