45 Facts About Peter Gabriel

1. Peter Gabriel has two daughters, Anna and Melanie, from his first marriage to Jill Moore.

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2. Peter Gabriel spent most of the summer of 2016 touring with Sting on the Rock, Paper, Scissors Tour.

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3. In 2016, Peter Gabriel went on tour with his good friend Sting and released two new songs, his first original material in 3 years.

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4. In 1982, Peter Gabriel reunited with his former Genesis colleagues for the one-off concert Six of the Best, to recoup debts that arose from his nvolvement in the staging of the first WOMAD concert.

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5. Peter Gabriel was an original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.

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6. Peter Gabriel went to a private primary school named Cable House.

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7. Peter Gabriel was born in 1950 and his parents were Ralph Parton and Edith Irene Allen.

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8. In 1971, Peter Gabriel got married for the first time to a woman called Jill Moore, with whom he had two children, Melainie and Anna-Marie.

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9. Peter Gabriel was born in Surrey, England to Edith Irene and Ralph Gabriel on February 13th, 1950.

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10. In 2010, Peter Gabriel was honored with an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis.

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11. Peter Gabriel has declared his support for the two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

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12. In 2012, Peter Gabriel condemned the use of his music by the American Conservative talk radio personality Rush Limbaugh during a controversial segment in which Limbaugh vilified Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke.

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13. In 2005, Peter Gabriel gave a Green Party of England and Wales general election candidate special permission to record a cover of his song "Don't Give Up" for his campaign.

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14. In March 2015, Peter Gabriel was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of South Australia in recognition of his commitment to creativity and its transformational power in building power in building peace and understanding.

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15. Peter Gabriel has criticized Air France for their continued transport of monkeys to laboratories.

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16. In December 2013, Peter Gabriel posted a warm video message in tribute to the deceased former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.

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17. In September 2008, Peter Gabriel was named as the recipient of Amnesty International's 2008 Ambassador of Conscience Award.

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18. Peter Gabriel performed in Amnesty's Secret Policeman's Ball benefit shows in collaboration with other artists and friends such as Lou Reed, David Gilmour and Youssou N'Dour; Gabriel closed those concerts performing his anti-apartheid anthem "Biko".

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19. Peter Gabriel is one of the founding supporters of Asteroid Day.

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20. In 2004, Peter Gabriel contributed another song and contributed voice work on another game in the Myst franchise, Myst IV: Revelation.

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21. In 2003, Peter Gabriel contributed a song for the video game Uru: Ages Beyond Myst.

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22. In 2000, Peter Gabriel collaborated with Zucchero, Anggun and others in a charity for kids with AIDS.

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23. Peter Gabriel was one of the founders of on Demand Distribution, one of the first online music download services.

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24. Peter Gabriel helped pioneer a new realm of musical interaction in 2001, visiting Georgia State University's Language Research Center to participate in keyboard jam sessions with bonobo apes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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25. Peter Gabriel created the Real World Studios and record label to facilitate the creation and distribution of such music by various artists, and he has worked to educate Western culture about the work of such musicians as Yungchen Lhamo, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Youssou N'dour.

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26. Peter Gabriel has recorded a cover of the Vampire Weekend single "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" with Hot Chip, where his name is mentioned several times in the chorus.

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27. In 1998, Peter Gabriel appeared on the soundtrack of Babe: Pig in the City as the singer of the song "That'll Do", written by Randy Newman.

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28. Peter Gabriel embarked on a joint tour with Sting titled the Rock Paper Scissors North American Tour in the same month.

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29. In 2012, Peter Gabriel toured in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the So album.

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30. In February 2009, Peter Gabriel announced that he would not be performing on the 2008 Academy Awards telecast because producers of the show were limiting his performance of "Down to Earth" from WALL-E to 65 seconds.

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31. Peter Gabriel was a judge for the 6th and 8th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.

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32. Peter Gabriel judged the final six young artists with William Orbit, Geoff Travis, and Angelique Kidjo.

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33. Peter Gabriel took on a project with the BBC World Service's competition "The Next Big Thing" to find the world's best young band.

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34. Peter Gabriel produced and performed at the Eden Project Live 8 concert in July 2005.

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35. Peter Gabriel won the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video in 1993 and 1994 for the videos to "Digging in the Dirt" and "Steam" respectively.

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36. Peter Gabriel won three more Grammy Awards, all in the Music Video category.

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37. Peter Gabriel employed an innovative approach in the marketing of the Us album.

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38. Peter Gabriel co-produced So with Daniel Lanois, known for his work with U2 and Brian Eno.

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39. Peter Gabriel worked with guitarist Fripp as producer of his second solo LP, in 1978.

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40. In 1982, Peter Gabriel reunited with his former Genesis colleagues for the one-off concert Six of the Best, to recoup debts that arose from his involvement in the staging of the first WOMAD concert.

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41. Peter Gabriel played drums in his first rock bands, and Mike Rutherford commented in 1985 that "Pete was—and still is, I think—a frustrated drummer".

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42. Peter Gabriel attended Cable House, a private primary school in Woking; St Andrews Prep School in Horsell; and Charterhouse School in Godalming from 1963.

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43. Peter Gabriel was made a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his "influence on generations of music makers".

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44. Peter Gabriel developed The Elders with Richard Branson, which was launched by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

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45. Peter Gabriel has pioneered digital distribution methods for music, co-founding OD2, one of the first online music download services.

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