Growing Up Live

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Growing Up Live
Video by
Released3 November 2003
Recorded8 & 9 May 2003 at the Fila Forum, Milan, Italy
Genre Rock
Length134 mins
Label Geffen (US & Canada)
Virgin Video
Director Hamish Hamilton
Producer Ian Stewart
Peter Gabriel chronology
Secret World Live
Growing Up Live
Growing Up: A Family Portrait
Growing Up Live
Growing Up Live 2019 album.png
Live album by
Released8 February 2019
Recorded8 & 9 May 2003 at the Fila Forum, Milan, Italy
Genre Rock
Peter Gabriel chronology
Back to Front: Live in London
Growing Up Live
Rated PG

Growing Up Live is a concert film by Hamish Hamilton and Peter Gabriel. It features a live performance from Gabriel's 2003 "Growing Up" tour. The concert is notable for its dynamic set design by Robert Lepage. Also of note is the addition of Melanie Gabriel, his daughter, for backing vocals in this concert footage. Bonus features include Tony Levin's photo album selections and an interview with Peter Gabriel about the story of Growing Up.


In 2019, the film was released as a live album for the first time ever on music streaming platforms and on vinyl. [1]


Gabriel spent part of 2002-2003 on tour in support of his album Up . [1] The tour, called the "Growing Up" tour, visited 32 cities across North America and Europe. [1] The concert video and live album were taken from the performances over two nights in Milan in May 2003. [1] Gabriel described the idea behind the staging of the concert: "Last time [for the Secret World tour] we had two stages, a male stage and a female stage, and they were representing different things, urban, rural and this time we have moved the axis vertically, and it’s a sky stage and an earth stage. The album title had been UP, so there was a certain logic to this vertical translation onto the stage." [1] Performing guests for the show included The Blind Boys of Alabama, Dr Hukwe Zawose, Charles Zawose, Sevara Nazarkhan and the voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. [1]

Track listing

All songs are written by Peter Gabriel.

  1. "Here Comes the Flood" – 8:37
  2. "Darkness" – 8:39
  3. "Red Rain" – 6:14
  4. "Secret World" – 9:06
  5. "Sky Blue" – 7:47
  6. "Downside Up" – 7:36
  7. "The Barry Williams Show" – 9:19
  8. "More than This" – 6:09
  9. "Mercy Street" – 7:39
  10. "Digging in the Dirt" – 7:36
  11. "Growing Up" – 6:14
  12. "Animal Nation" – 8:12
  13. "Solsbury Hill" – 4:45
  14. "Sledgehammer" – 4:59
  15. "Signal to Noise" – 9:39
  16. "In Your Eyes" – 11:34
  17. "Father, Son" – 6:15


Special Guests


Weekly charts

Chart performance for Growing Up Live
Chart (2003–05)Peak
Dutch Music DVD (MegaCharts) [2] 12
New Zealand Music DVD (RMNZ) [3] 1
Portuguese Music DVD (AFP) [4] 1
UK Music Videos (OCC) [5] 10


Sales certifications for Growing Up Live
RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF) [6] Platinum8,000^
France (SNEP) [7] Platinum20,000*
Germany (BVMI) [8] Platinum50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ) [3] Platinum5,000^
Portugal (AFP) [9] Platinum8,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [10] Gold25,000^
United States (RIAA) [11] Platinum100,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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