- Title: PERU: Peter Gabriel performs debut concert in Peru
- Date: 24th March 2009
- Summary: LIMA, PERU (MARCH 21, 2009) (REUTERS) MORE OF GABRIEL PERFORMING ON STAGE
- Reuters ID: LVAESU54L26BFUVF01IFFAFBRPFE
- Location: Peru
- Country: Peru
- Duration: 00:00:37
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment / Showbiz
- Story Text: British rocker Peter Gabriel brings his Latin American tour to the Peruvian capital, Lima.
Grammy-winning musician Peter Gabriel performed his debut concert in Peru on Friday night (March 20) to a sold out crowd of 15,000 people.
Gabriel, whose hits include "In Your Eyes" and "Sledgehammer," was the founding lead singer of supergroup Genesis.
The British rocker is also known for experimenting with digital music technology and founded one of the first online music download services, OD2, in 2000.
"I made the decision to really have an interesting life and so I end up trying to do more than I can sometimes," said Gabriel.
"But sometimes the music has less time so it is probably about a third music, a third benefit projects and a third technology. But some of those things for me they are an expression of creativity," said Gabriel, who also helps organise the WOMAD world music festival in Britain.
The 59-year-old producer, former Genesis frontman, world music champion and digital technology pioneer is now turning his attention to the mobile phone.
"If you mix the potential of technology which, through the mobile phone particularly, but many other things, can really transform the world with traditional cultures. So to me, like 'The Elders' is a dream from traditional culture and the mobile phone is a realisation that empowers poor people,"
Gabriel is one of the benefactors -- along with airline and media mogul Richard Branson and former South African president Nelson Mandela -- of "The Elders". "The Elders" is is a group of public figures, elder statesmen, and human rights activists who hope to work together to solve some of the world's problems, such as climate change, HIV/AIDS and poverty.
Gabriel's Latin American tour kicked off in Caracas andin the Mexican city of Monterrey on March 31.
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