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Shock The Rhythm
November 2nd 1982
Stanley Performing Art Centre, Utica, NY
|Peter Gabriel||Lead Vocals, Piano & Percussion|
|David Rhodes||Lead Guitars, Percussion & Vocals|
|Tony Levin||Bass Guitar, Stick, Percussion & Vocals|
|Jerry Marotta||Drums & Percussion|
A few words about the Stanley Theatre
The Stanley Performing Arts Center opened September 10th, 1928, and has been the premier showplace for Central New York ever since. Thomas Lamb, a prolific theatre architect, designed this 2,945 seats movie palace for the Mastbaum chain of theatres. The theatre was named for Stanley, one of the Mastbaum brothers.
The design of the theatre is dubbed 'Mexican Baroque' because of its unique blend of styles. The terra cotta and tiled mosaic exterior shows the Mexican influence, while Hapsburg lions, Indian faces and a multitude of angels and putti (cherubs) grace the lavish baroque 'gold-leaf' interior of the theatre. The Moorish influence is apparent in the star-splashed ceiling and the twisted columns on each side of the stage.
On a cold November night...
1982 was to be a milestone year in Peter Gabriel's career as a solo artist. The release of his fourth album, still untitled but labeled 'Security' by Geffen records ion North America, had produced Peter's very first US hit with 'Shock The Monkey'. Gabriel and his band started on an extensive tour to promote the album that would include 35 shows in the United States and Canada between October 28th and December 19th.
It was a cold night in Utica that evening, as it always is in Central New York during November, when Peter Gabriel and his band took the stage at the Stanley Theatre for the fifth concert of the tour. Peter used the intimate setting of this theatre to his advantage as he opened the concert with 'Rhythm Of The Heat', he and his bandmates marching up to the stage banging drums from the back lobby of the 'Stanley', clad in Japanese martial arts outfits with kneepads and all. Opening the show from the audience was only the first of a few novelties that Peter had decided to bring forward for this tour. He wore the monkey make-up during 'Shock The Monkey', an effort reminiscent of his Genesis days.
But the most stunning moment of the evening came during 'Lay Your Hands On Me' as Peter came down from the stage to go crowd-surfing in the audience. One who was there comments..."This was surely the highlight of the show as he passed right over me as I sat in the 12th row !..." This daring stunt brought Peter a lot of praise from critics and fans alike.
As he had done on his previous tours, Peter introduced a non-album, brand new track into the setlist, 'John Has A Headache'. This song would never be released officially on any of Peter's albums or singles, so any live recording from that year is quite special because of this fact. After a great presentation of a choice selection of songs from his four albums, Peter will pull one more trick out of his hat as a small hand-held mirror reflects a line of intense white light into the audience during 'San Jacinto', the last song of the concert. Two encores later, Peter and his band take a final bow, leaving an exuberant audience begging for more !PRRP Staff
This was a low volume audience recording. For unexplained reasons the volume for either channel would just drop precipitously for 10-30 seconds on occasion. These problems were corrected. One complete dropout occurred one minute and four seconds into the song 'I Have the Touch'. This was very brief but to cut it out would have disrupted the tempo of the song in that section. Since there was no signal at all, no other fix -short of patching over it- would have worked. For this reason it was left in its original state.
Hiss was quite significant when the concert volume was amplified and therefore this noise was reduced. The bass was somewhat lacking so this component of the frequency spectrum was boosted. The frequency range was expanded to about 10 kHz from the original 7.5 kHz maximum. Given the acoustics of the auditorium, ambience was quite good and therefore unaltered. Audience applause was understandably loud and therefore reduced in volume when present. The occasional pop was also removed.
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