Back to Front Tour

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The Back to Front Tour
Tour by Peter Gabriel
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Start date9 September 2012
End date10 December 2014
No. of shows16 in North America
51 in Europe

67 Total
Peter Gabriel concert chronology

Back to Front was a two-year concert tour by Peter Gabriel, a retrospective performance based on every song from his 1986 multi-platinum album So played in sequence. [1] The backing band included musicians that Gabriel toured with in 1986–1987 in support of the album's initial release.


Each night of the tour was recorded and released both separately and as part of a box set entitled Back to Front: Encore Series. The releases were limited editions and available exclusively from Gabriel's official website. [2]

On 23 June 2014, Real World Records and Eagle Rock Entertainment released the live album and film Back to Front: Live in London , recorded at the O2 concerts.

Gabriel played new original songs, "O But" and "What Lies Ahead", during the tour. [3] John Cusack appeared at the 6 October 2012 concert in Los Angeles, recreating a scene from Say Anything... . [4]

Dave McKenna of The Washington Post'' described the 14 October 2012 concert in Fairfax as "great". [5]

Tour band

Tour crew

Set list

Acoustic (with house lights left on):

  1. "Daddy Long Legs" (new unfinished song, also known as "O But", replaced by new unfinished song "What Lies Ahead" in late 2014)
  2. "Come Talk to Me"
  3. "Shock the Monkey"
  4. "Family Snapshot"


  1. "Digging in the Dirt"
  2. "Secret World"
  3. "The Family and the Fishing Net" or "Darkness" (December 2014)
  4. "No Self Control"
  5. "Games Without Frontiers" (in Herning and Amsterdam only)
  6. "Solsbury Hill" (played after "Washing of the Water" for first show in Quebec City)
  7. "Washing of the Water" or "Humdrum" (2012 tour), "Why Don't You Show Yourself" (2013 tour)


  1. "Red Rain"
  2. "Sledgehammer"
  3. "Don't Give Up"
  4. "That Voice Again"
  5. "Mercy Street"
  6. "Big Time"
  7. "We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)"
  8. "This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds)"
  9. "In Your Eyes"


  1. "Here Comes the Flood" (played 11 times in mid 2014)
  2. "The Tower That Ate People"
  3. "Biko"

Tour dates

DateCityCountryVenueAttendanceBox Office
North America
16 September 2012 Quebec City Canada Colisée Pepsi 8,652 / 10,006$914,352
18 September 2012 Montreal Bell Centre 11,902 / 11,902$1,277,415
19 September 2012 Toronto Air Canada Centre 11,267 / 12,159$1,098,899
21 September 2012 Philadelphia United States Wells Fargo Center 11,773 / 12,809$1,111,651
23 September 2012 Wantagh Jones Beach Theater 10,602 / 13,995$991,035
24 September 2012 Boston TD Garden 5,671 / 9,215$519,413
26 September 2012 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
27 September 2012 Chicago United Center 9,886 / 10,863$967,504
30 September 2012 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre 8,631 / 8,631$787,067
2 October 2012 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose 6,964 / 7,500$710,388
5 October 2012 Las Vegas PH Live Showroom
6 October 2012 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl 15,482 / 17,416$1,527,290
8 October 2012 San Diego Valley View Casino Center
9 October 2012 Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Bowl 3,972 / 4,549$432,182
13 October 2012 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena 4,150 / 4,497$379,490
14 October 2012 Fairfax Patriot Center 5,812 / 5,812$546,621
28 September 2013 Herning Denmark Jyske Bank Arena 6,500
30 September 2013 Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome
1 October 2013 Brussels Belgium Forest National 8,000
3 October 2013 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle 10,000
5 October 2013 Belgrade Serbia Kombank Arena
7 October 2013 Milan Italy Mediolanum Forum 11,000
8 October 2013 Geneva Switzerland Geneva Arena 8,000
10 October 2013 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena 12,000
11 October 2013 Leipzig Germany Arena Leipzig 10,000
13 October 2013 Stuttgart Schleyerhalle 12,000
15 October 2013 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Bercy 16,000
16 October 2013 Düsseldorf Germany ISS Dome 10,000
18 October 2013 Hamburg O2 World Hamburg 12,035 / 12,730$876,611
19 October 2013 Berlin O2 World Berlin 13,468 / 13,468$1,060,450
21 October 2013 London England The O2 Arena 22,584 / 27,739$1,762,780
22 October 2013
24 October 2013 Glasgow Scotland SSE Hydro
25 October 2013 Manchester England Phones 4u Arena 14,057 / 15,105$913,023
29 April 2014 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt 11,000
30 April 2014 Munich Olympiahalle 11,000
2 May 2014 Cologne Lanxess Arena 15,000
3 May 2014 Hanover TUI Arena 12,500
5 May 2014 Bratislava Slovakia Slovnaft Arena
6 May 2014 Budapest Hungary Budapest Sports Arena
8 May 2014 Bucharest Romania Romexpo Pavilionul Central
12 May 2014 Łódź Poland Atlas Arena 13,000
13 May 2014 Ostrava Czech Republic ČEZ Aréna
16 May 2014 Vilnius Lithuania Siemens Arena
17 May 2014 Riga Latvia Arena Riga
20 May 2014 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Arena
22 May 2014 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe 10,950
23 May 2014 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum 7,000
25 May 2014 Berlin Germany Waldbühne 20,000
12 November 2014 Brussels Belgium Palais 12 9,000
13 November 2014 Strasbourg France Zénith de Strasbourg 8,000
15 November 2014 Nantes Zénith de Nantes Métropole 8,000
16 November 2014 Toulouse Zénith de Toulouse 8,000
18 November 2014 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion 7,212 / 13,000$597,346
20 November 2014 Turin Italy Pala Alpitour
21 November 2014 Bologna Unipol Arena
23 November 2014 Graz Austria Stadthalle Graz 4,000
24 November 2014 Salzburg Salzburgarena
28 November 2014 Birmingham England LG Arena
30 November 2014 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
1 December 2014 Cardiff Wales Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
3 December 2014 London England SSE Wembley Arena
4 December 2014 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
7 December 2014 Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool
8 December 2014 Aberdeen Scotland AECC Arena 4,600
10 December 2014 Dublin Ireland 3Arena
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
5 October 2013 Zagreb, Croatia Arena Zagreb Venue changed to Kombank Arena, Belgrade, Serbia [6]
10 May 2014 Kyiv, Ukraine Palace of Sports Canceled [7]
26 November 2014 Lyon,France Halle Tony Garnier Canceled [8]

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