PETER GABRIEL at RED ROCKS | 06/13/11
The scope of Peter Gabriel's set Monday night seemed entirely appropriate for the size and majesty of Red Rocks. Gabriel showed up in Morrison with a full orchestra and an elaborate set of visual effects, forgoing his usual art-rock approach for a sound rooted in the concert hall. The resulting collaboration with the New Blood Orchestra offered an ambitious reimagining of key songs from Gabriel's catalogue, as well as a diverse selection of covers, interpretations pulled from the recent Scratch My Back project. The retooled takes on Gabriel classics and songs by everyone from the Magnetic Fields to Paul Simon offered hits and misses, but there was no denying the imagination, ambition and pure theatricality behind the show.