Peter Gabriel – “Playing For Time”

Peter Gabriel – “Playing For Time”

Peter Gabriel is gearing up for the release of a new album, i/o, his first album of original material in over two decades — Up turned 20 last fall. He’s headed out on tour in May, and so far he’s shared two i/o singles, “Panopticom” and “The Court.” Today, Gabriel is sharing a third, “Playing For Time,” though i/o does still not have an announced release date.

“‘Playing For Time’ is a song that I have been working on for a long time and have performed live, without lyrics, so some people may be familiar with it,” Gabriel said in his newsletter. “It’s been an important song for me. It’s about time, mortality and memories and the idea that each of us has a planet full of memories which get stashed inside the brain.” He continued:

It is more of a personal song about how you assemble memories and whether we are prisoners of time or whether that is something that can actually free us. I do think it’s good to push yourself towards more bold or interesting experiences because then you will have richer memories to feed you when you get to my age. You also get taught by every meaningful experience that you go through.

As with the previous i/o singles, there will be multiple mixes of “Playing For Time” released — this one is the Dark-Side Mix by Tchad Blake. Listen below.

Peter Gabriel has also announced the dates for the North American leg of his I/o tour. After performing in Europe this summer, he’ll hit stateside starting in September, with shows at Madison Square Garden and the Kia Forum. The general on-sale begins on Friday, March 10 at 10AM local time, with various presales going on this week. More details here. The North American itinerary is below:

09/08 Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
09/09 Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
09/11 Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
09/13 Montreal, QC @ Bel Centre
09/14 Boston, MA @ TD Garden
09/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
09/18 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
09/30 Chicago, IL @ United Center
10/07 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
10/08 Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena
10/11 San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
10/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Kia Forum

i/o is expected out later this year.

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