Peter Gabriel kicks off 2007 Eden Sessions

Former Genesis man plays gig to celebrate world’s largest sculpture

The Eden Sessions 2007 kicked off in legendary fashion last night (June 22) with a fan-chosen rarities set from Peter Gabriel.

Launching a season of shows at the environmentally minded Eden Project in Cornwall the former Genesis man played a two hour set drawn from internet votes for his fans’ favourite songs that have not been played on recent tours.

The concert was scheduled to celebrate the installation at Eden of a 70 tonne stone sculpture entitled ’SEED’, the biggest stone sculpture made since the Ancient Egyptian era.

“When you’re a musician you get up and fart and people applaud,” said Gabriel paying tribute to the work by Peter Randall-Page. “Visual artists don’t get that.”

Highlights included rare outings of such 70s and 80s classics as ‘No Self Control’, ‘I Don’t Remember’ and ‘DIY’ as much of the set included tracks that Gabriel had not performed in over 20 years.

The full setlist was:

’The Rhythm Of The Heat’

‘On The Air’

‘Intruder’

‘DIY’

‘Blood Of Eden’

‘I Don’t Remember’

‘No Self Control’

‘Lovetown’

‘Family Snapshot’

‘Steam’

‘Mother Of Violence’

‘Humdrum’

‘Not One Of Us’

‘Lay Your Hands On Me’

‘Solsbury Hill’

‘Sledgehammer’

‘In Your Eyes’

Gabriel is now set to headline Hyde Park Calling on Saturday (June 23).

The Eden Sessions continue with James Morrison (July 2), Rufus Wainwright (10), Amy Winehouse (17), Lily Allen and Mark Ronson (18) and the Pet Shop Boys (22) all set to headline shows.