Ex-Genesis Singer Peter Gabriel Shares The Song That Changed His Life
Former Genesis vocalist Peter Gabriel recently spoke to Red Carpet News TV and talked about one of the works that became a life-changing event for him. Gabriel revealed he could be part of a meaningful project thanks to the song by sharing what this meant to the singer.
Peter Gabriel released his eponymous third solo studio album on May 30, 1980. The musician’s combining various genres such as post-punk and art rock in his works drew significant attention from music critics and rock lovers. Also, Peter Gabriel became more interested in ongoing political and social issues in his country and worldwide. Hence, the famous singer wanted to reflect his concerns and ideas about them in some tracks.
Its anti-apartheid protest song ‘Biko’ is a musical eulogy created after South African activist Steve Biko passed away while in police custody on September 12, 1977. Gabriel decided to write it when he heard about Biko’s death on the news and dedicated the track to him. Even though the South African government banned the song because of seeing it as a threat to security, many fans appreciated that it drew attention to human rights.
Following the impact of ‘Biko,’ a worldwide tour including benefit concerts, Human Rights Now! organizers invited Gabriel to perform along with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Sting, and the other musicians, which kicked off on September 2, 1988. Therefore, it’s not surprising that Gabriel defined it as the song that changed his life after joining this tour that aimed to raise awareness about human rights.
Here’s what Gabriel said about the song:
“Probably the single song that changed my life the most was ‘Biko.’ Because it got me initially invited by an Amnesty Tour in America, I carried on this role for the world tour we did. That got me involved with human rights and a lot of other stuff. I think that was the one that had the most impact on my life.”
You can watch the video and listen to the song below.