He’s been performing multi-platinum 1986 album So to celebrate its 25th anniversary, even though he’s a little late. But when the trek wraps up in the middle of October, he’s planning to travel round the world before considering any more projects.
Gabriel tells: “I’m going to take a sabbatical with my family, visiting some of the people we know in the music world, the human rights world, the science community – as well as some straightforward tourism. “It’s something I’ve been intending to do for the past 12 years, so I’m really looking forward to that.”
The current tour includes the musicians who were involved first time round: bassist Tony Levin, guitarist David Rhodes, drummer Manu Kache and keyboardist David Sancious.
So gets the box-set treatment on October 23, complete with a Martin Scorsese film of a 1987 concert in Greece and a disc of song demos arranged in the album track order.
Gabriel explains: “The box set involved a fair bit of organising and pulling things together. That was much harder work than I anticipated – but fun.
“We bit off a little more than we could chew within the correct time frame, so we’re now running behind our 25th anniversary. But I think we have a good box here.”
He’s most looking forward to sharing the demos, entitled So DNA. “I’d forgotten quite a lot of that, and how the songs evolved,” he says. “On That Voice Again, for instance, there was a whole other lyric I’d sort of pushed to the back of my mind.
“There’s a lot of things which really give people some insight into how these songs developed, and sometimes changed quite a bit as we went along.”