Peter Gabriel – Secret World Tour – 1993

The second time I saw Peter Gabriel live was on the Secret World tour back in 1993, which was 24 years ago and yet it feels like no more than 5 or 6. “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so …” I was 16.

At the Earls Court gig Sinead O’Connor turned up and sang the two songs from ‘US’ that she appeared on but also took the place of Kate Bush for ‘Don’t Give Up’, or so I thought but I can’t find any record of that ever happening. Perhaps I imagined it, though she did join in on ‘In Your Eyes’ and ‘Biko’ during the encore according to the set list I found online. I’m dubious, I’m sure I remember ‘Don’t Give Up’ and it isn’t even in the set list, although maybe I just thought that would be a cool thing to do and was disapointed when they didn’t but my memory has morphed it into something else, ah well, it was quite a while ago.


They were an item for a while around this time but it still came as a very pleasant surprise to see them perform together.

This is the set list from the night:

  1. Come Talk to Me
    (with Sinéad O’Connor)
  2. Quiet Steam
  3. Steam
  4. Games Without Frontiers
  5. Across the River
  6. Slow Marimbas
  7. Shakin’ the Tree
  8. Blood of Eden
    (with Sinéad O’Connor)
  9. San Jacinto
  10. Lovetown
  11. Shock the Monkey
  12. Washing of the Water
  13. Solsbury Hill
  14. Digging in the Dirt
  15. Sledgehammer
  16. Secret World
  17. Encore:
  18. In Your Eyes
    (with Sinéad O’Connor)
  19. Biko
    (with Sinéad O’Connor)

Dave and I went to the gig, it was a Monday evening, May 31st 1993. I can’t remember how we got there, it was probability by train and tube. We were on the balcony to the side but had a great view of everything going on, and it was both a musical and visual extravaganza.

I happen to have been quite the fan of O’Connor, her debut ‘The Lion and the Cobra’ is, in my opinion, a wonderful album, I had it on cassette and played it to death. I like bits and pieces after that but, for me, it remains the best thing she ever did.

Rather than go into a long explanation of what the concert consisted of, you can watch it yourself, not Earls Court but from the same tour, same set list but, sadly, no Sinead.


6 thoughts on “Peter Gabriel – Secret World Tour – 1993”

  1. Helloooooo. I was 26 in 1993 and I drove, because its very close to Stamford Bridge….I knew the way. Great gig happy days.
    Lots of Love


  2. Monkey trousers………… Best album…for me….. Gabriel 3.
    As you know C.Palace was my first ever gig.


  3. My 33rd birthday. I was just hunting the Internet because a friend posted a version of Don’t Give Up on Facebook. I am certain Sinead O’connor sang it with him that night, despite what the online set list says.


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