Peter Gabriel fans who have been waiting seven years for the singer to release his first studio album since "Us" will have to keep waiting, as his next LP, titled "Up," isn't due in stores until next year.Not that Gabriel hasn't been keeping busy in the studio. He recently laid down vocals for British progressive rock group Genesis, the band he founded in the mid-'60s and which he quit over 20 years ago. Gabriel and Phil Collins, the band's other former vocalist, both sing on "The Carpet Crawlers 1999," an update of the song of the same name, originally from Genesis' 1974 double album opus, "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway." The track will be included on "Turn It On Again... The Hits," which is due in stores on October 26. If you're only interested in hearing the new song, and not "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," "I Can't Dance," and the group's other hits (most of which feature Collins on lead vocals), you can download "The Carpet Crawlers 1999" at http://www.genesis-web.com/.
In recent months, Gabriel has also been occupied with preparations for England's Millennium Show, a performance piece he conceived. Along with music composed by Gabriel, the event boasts a cast of 61 artists from a variety of backgrounds, including dance, circus, club music, gymnastics, opera, and ballet performing on, above, and beyond the stage. For those travelling to England during 2000, the Millennium Show will be seen between two and five times daily, from January 1 to December 31, at the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, London.
-- Brian Ives