[pullquote quote=”One thing that really appeals to me is this idea of music being a living thing that has an evolution.” credit=”Peter Gabriel”]We’ve often said there’s nothing better than live music, but when a performer decides to beef up their back catalogue with orchestral elements, they run the risk of taking themselves way too seriously. Example: Symphony & [lastfm]Metallica[/lastfm]. Tonight [lastfm]Peter Gabriel[/lastfm] pulled off a tasteful transformation the with his New Blood Orchestra. Two words — added emotion.

Listeners nationwide were were treated to brand new orchestral reinventions of classic tracks and lesser-known gems spanning the GRAMMY-winner’s solo career in this Live on Letterman webcast. It’s not every day you get to see a 46-piece orchestra take the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater — let alone, an orchestra fronted by a progressive rock pioneer.

If you missed tonight’s spectacle, it’s available on-demand right here, so continue on and embrace Gabriel on a deeper level.

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Watch Peter Gabriel’s Live on Letterman performance on demand in the player above.
[photogallerylink id=103101 align=left]Tonight the NEW-New Blood Orchestra added a richness and emotion to these blockbuster hits, taking them to an entirely new place while Gabriel’s smokey voice hovered above.

[photogallerylink id=106697 align=left]Gabriel performed his remodeled tracks for nearly an hour, kicking off with “Red Rain” set against a dramatic backdrop at the Ed Sullivan Theater. He spoke briefly (thanks for the shout-out to us bloggers, by the way) and stuck to what he does best — deliver the goods.


[photogallerylink id=70750 align=left]Gabriel has not just pasted an orchestra over top of his more popular songs — swapping guitars, electric bass, drums and keyboard for orchestral power and beauty. The 61-year-old is reshaping familiar tunes like to match his maturity.

The name New Blood Orchestra have indeed injected new blood into the far reaches of Gabriel’s back catalogue.

Set List
Red Rain
Signal To Noise
San Jacinto
Mercy Street
Solsbury Hill

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Watch Video From Peter Gabriel’s ‘New Blood – Live in London’ DVD

When it finally hit the stage earlier this year in London, the results were simply magical.

Like the New Blood album, the concert setlist ranged from classic Gabriel material (favorites like “In Your Eyes,” “Solsbury Hill” and “Biko”) to cover tunes he’d explored on his Scratch My Back album the year prior (with titles like Paul Simon‘s “The Boy In The Bubble” and Lou Reed‘s “The Power Of The Heart”).

peter gabriel new blood dvd cover 385 New Blood   Live in London Is Peter Gabriels Orchestral MasterpiecePeter Gabriel‘s new DVD/Blu-Ray New Blood – Live in London is available now at Amazon and Eagle Rock’s web store.

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The full track listing for New Blood – Live in London is as follows:
The Boy in the Bubble
Après Moi
The Drop
Washing of the Water
The Book of Love
The Power of the Heart
San Jacinto
Digging in the Dirt
Signal to Noise
Downside Up
Mercy Street
The Rhythm of the Heat
Blood of Eden
Red Rain
Solsbury Hill
In Your Eyes
Don’t Give Up
The Nest that Sailed the Sky


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