Win tickets to see Peter Gabriel in LA and NY

Peter Gabriel is touring Scratch My Back and in line with the pared-down recording of the album, the New Blood Tour is Peter Gabriel, orchestra, no drums, no guitars.

Society of Sound is proud to be able to offer a pair of tickets to see Peter Gabriel perform at Radio City, New York on 3rd May and a pair for the Hollywood Bowl gig on the 7th May.

The album has received stunning reveiws and if you can’t make it to any of the shows, don’t forget that if you join Society of Sound you can get an exclusive 24-bit FLAC download of Scratch My Back which means you have a studio-quality version and can hear the album as it was intended to be heard.

All you have to do is tell us here which song you wish Peter had covered.


  • Ken White says:

    I would have liked to hear PG cover the Patty Griffin song “Little God” from the unreleased album Silver Bell. She would sound great on the I’ll Scratch Yours disc too.

  • Christopher Gillespie says:

    Madeleine Peyroux – Damn The Circumstances

  • Jack Clyne says:

    The Cure – “Pictures of You”

  • Glenn Burris says:

    Bob Dylan – The Man In The Long Black Coat

    Tom Petty – It’s Good To Be King

  • Arden Barnett says:

    It’s a Beautiful Day – White Bird

  • James Bendell says:

    Peter Hammill – The Future Now

  • Sean Smith says:

    Tangled up in Blue – Bob Dylan

  • Jaymie Matthews says:

    David Byrne and Thievery Corporation – Dance On Vaseline

  • Ronfint says:

    Eddie Fisher – Oh My Papa

  • mike gatti says:

    Before the Deluge by Jackson Browne

  • Alan Murray says:

    Gary Numan – “I Dream of Wires”

  • Art Riddle says:

    “I Can Only Imagine” – Mercy Me

  • YCW says:

    Life Wasted=Pearl Jam

  • JC says:

    Dirty Work – Steely Dan

  • Vinny Marino says:

    Nick Drake, “Way To Blue”

  • Jeff Penney says:

    Kate Bush “Love and Anger”

  • Jazzfan says:

    Since I love the songwriting of Richard Thompson I would have liked to hear Mr. Gabriel cover any of Richard Thompson’s wonderful songs but I really would have liked to hear Gabriel’s rendition of Thompson’s “The Madness of Love”

  • Tyrone Fonseca says:

    Breathe by Alexi Murdoch

  • Gregg Ferencz says:

    King Crimson – In The Court of the Crimson King

  • William Griswold says:

    In My Father’s House- Eric Bibb

  • John says:

    I Want to be Sedated – Ramones

  • Stan Denis says:

    I would love to hear Peter do Suedehead by Morrisey. I can totally hear a slower, deeper PG style version. To be honest It is hard to imagine PG doing anyone else’s songs. To me he is the master of the musical universe. From So to OVO, Up to Passion, to me Peter Gabriel is the greatest living composer/artist .

  • J-to-the-K says:

    I would really enjoy hearing PG cover The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony

  • John says:

    Ok, ok so the Ramones may be a little extreme. How about Irving Berlins “Best Thing For You”….

  • Gordon says:

    “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself”-Luka Bloom

  • Jim says:

    The Sun, The Moon and the Stars – Vince Bell

  • Chris M says:

    Anything Peter interpreted would likely be worth a listen, but I think he would do a great job with something from Joni Mitchell, maybe something a little obscure, perhaps something like “The Sire of Sorrow (Job’s Sad Song).”

  • Roo says:

    Fake Plastic Trees instead of Street Spirit!

  • Patrick says:

    Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen ; Even though there are already a number of fine covers of this song, I think Mr. Gabriel could add another dimension.

  • Nancy says:

    Lover, You Should’ve Come Over – Jeff Buckley

  • Mike Kimsey says:

    The Dreaming Tree by Dave Matthews.

  • Joe says:

    It’s a Beautiful Day by White Bird

  • Jeff says:

    Greatest Discovery by Elton John

  • Ryan says:

    Red House — Buddy Guy

  • Robert Jacobsen says:

    U2 – where the streets have no name

  • Jillian Harris says:

    Julie Miller’s “All My Tears”

    Found on Emmylou Harris’s album Wrecking Ball

  • Bob Pratt says:

    Sister Lost Soul by A.Escovedo/C Prophet

  • James Voos says:

    I would like to hear something a little more upbeat,. My selection would be
    Deep Ocean Vast Sea by Peter Murphy

  • Nigel Sanders says:

    Richard Thompson’s “The dimming of the day”

    A number of Tom Waits’s songs. Perhaps “Martha”, “Innocent when you dream” or “Road to peace”

  • Hugh says:

    While Peter’s take on anything by Mojo Nixon would be fascinating, I’ll cast my vote for “This Year” by The Mountain Goats. Second choice is “Dance Music,” also by The Mountain Goats.

  • Robert Hedges says:

    “Like Spinning Plates” by Radiohead.

  • Rob Leas says:

    The Beatles – “Long Long Long”

  • Alexandre Acemyan says:

    I would vote for Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve

  • Israel Smith says:

    Syd Straw’s “Future Forty” would be fun.

  • Billy says:

    You and Whose Army by Radiohead

  • Chris Cowan says:

    I was going to say something by King Crimson (like One Time), but was beaten to the punch, so instead:

    Joan Osborne’s – St. Teresa

  • wayne gordon says:

    how about Talk Talks Lifes what you make it

  • Michael Brown says:

    Crossing Muddy Waters, by John Hiatt

  • Randall Stroud says:

    “Our Lady of the Well” by Jackson Browne

  • Drew Hutchinson says:

    The Boxer – Simon and Garfunkel

  • Terrell Thornhill says:

    “Cowboys and Angels” by George Michael

  • Pete says:

    I would have liked to seen him cover ‘Giving up the gun’ by Vampire Weekend. Vampire Weekend is such a complementary band to Gabriel’s sound.

  • Brett Hager says:

    Welcome to the Jungle by Guns and Roses…… Just kidding how about Heart of Gold by Neil Young?

  • Dave Watts says:

    Heres two:

    Certain People I Know – Morrissey

    New Mistake – Jellyfish

  • zephir says:

    Nothing Sacred – Jonatha Brooke

    …and would love to hear the reciprocol Jonatha might do in keeping with the spirit of Scratch My Back and I’ll Scratch Yours.

  • Steve says:

    Guns Are The Tongues by Richard Thompson

  • Dale says:

    Joni Mitchells Pork Pie Hat

  • Adam Erdos says:

    Cocoon by Bjork

  • Dave says:

    Reconsider Me – Warren Zevon

  • Kent Smith says:

    Two Worlds Collide by Inspiral Carpets

  • Jen Jones says:

    Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos

  • Eric says:

    Fight Test by The Flaming Lips.

  • Gary D'Amato says:

    St Elmo’s Fire- Eno

  • Dave Watts says:

    Jethro Tull – Aqualung

  • Paul Higgins says:

    Elliott Smith – Between the Bars

    Emiliana Torrini – Nothing Brings Me Down

  • John F says:

    I would love to hear PG cover a b-side that Prince wrote. “Another Lonely Christmas”. If that ever happened, I’m sure the already touching song would evoke actual tears.

  • Paul J. says:

    I would have to vote for “Love and Happiness” by Al Green.

  • Robert says:

    How about Patti Smith’s Elegie

  • Paul says:

    Tunng – Bullets

  • Bob says:

    “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” by Kate Bush

  • Bela Kiss says:

    Another vote for something by Leonard Cohen, maybe ‘Everybody Knows’ (although Johnette Napolitano’s covers are near-definitive, I would still love to hear what Peter could bring to it).

  • Patrick Demascco says:

    “We used to know” by Jethro Tull, IMHO one of their finest and I would love to hear Ian Anderson scratch his back!

  • Pete Richmond says:

    Paul Kelly – To her Door; Any Paul Kelly song really would seem like a miracle.

  • Mark says:

    Rain The Beatles

  • Chris Gossard says:

    “Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell” by The Flaming Lips

  • Eric W says:

    I would love to hear Peter cover “A Thousand Kisses Deep” by Leonard Cohen. One powerful, unique voice covering another powerful, unique voice. It would be fascinating to hear.

  • Joe Lubow says:

    This is a tough call, because it seems the ideal pick would be a song with a great lyric whose original performance somehow didn’t fully highlight the emotion inherent in the lyric, or captured a different slice of what’s available – like “The Boy in the Bubble.” The catch is, all the songs that jump to mind were marvelously effective the first time around. That’s why they jump to mind. Since no deadline is posted, rather than sift through lyrics looking for a sleeper, I’m going to go with one of those that worked the first time.

    Roger Waters is one of the great lyricists of our time, up there with Dylan. Most of his songs crackle with emotion in a way that would make them great for PG. I’m going to go with “Perfect Sense” from “Amused to Death.” I’m sure Peter would be on board with it’s politics, and it’s one of those songs where every word and every note was deliberate. To hear the same words with Peter’s voice and emotion, and different, but equally thought out music would be incredible – and by the same token I’d love to hear Roger cover “Mother of Violence.”

    On the other hand I could also go with the “Soon oh Soon” section of Gates of Delirium by Yes. It’s the opposite in a way, because instead of the deep pain of desperation and anger over needless war, it is full of hope – a beautiful prayer for peace. But both songs are of full of emotional impact.

    On the other hand, I’d be happy to hear many of the other fine suggestions here, especially Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, and Richard Thompson. Kudos to you if you win – what a treat that would be. Peter’s not coming to my neck of the woods this time, and this tour promises to be stunning.

  • jkat says:

    How about “I Want You (She’s So Heavy) By The Beatles?

  • Tim H says:

    How about Dire Straits Romeo and Juliet- sad and mysterious.

  • Wm Remington says:

    David Byrne on Thievery Corporation’s Abductions & Reconstructions – “Dance On Vaseline”

  • Wm Remington says:

    “Gravedigger” on Dave Mathews’ Some Devil

  • Dan Stone says:

    I suggest Imagine, by John Lennon.

  • normando says:

    nine horses ~ birds sing for their lives

    there are too many possibilities, but this just popped in to my mind first


  • Marc says:

    All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem

  • Jason Failes says:

    Hyperballad by Bjork

  • Scott says:

    Black Crow – Joni Mitchell

  • Gregg Wilkins says:

    I would have to say “Northern Sky” by Nick Drake.

  • Stephen Stuart says:

    Joseph Arthur = In the sun

    Michael Stipe recorded a notable version for Gulf Coast Relief – Peter’s version would be an admirable addition to this and could be done for Haiti Relief – a beautiful rendition of a remarkable song for a worthwhile cause.

  • John K. Fabiani says:

    David Rovics – After the Revolution

  • Patrick Ogelvie says:

    “Wrapped in Grey” by XTC

  • juanita says:

    Have I told you lately? – Van Morrison

  • Calyx says:

    ‘Love Dog’ by TV on the Radio because I would sit on edge to listen to the chorus howl in PG’s interpretation

  • Brian Mirtle says:

    “To A Close” – Steve Hackett

  • Bernard says:

    “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • Christopher Pereira says:

    “Passion Play (When All the Slaves Are Free)” – Joni Mitchell

  • Jeremy Morrison says:

    Hide & Seek – Howard Jones.

  • Kevin says:

    Channel by Joe Henry

  • Don Maslanka says:

    Lyle Lovett’s – North Dakota. I would like to hear PG do it sparse and LL would do justice to any PG composition.

  • Pete Richmond says:

    Dare I suggest that anyone could cover Gordon Lightfoot’s “Restless” Maybe, just maybe.

  • Jerry Gasee says:

    God Bless The Child – Blood, Sweat and Tears

  • Mike Slater says:

    U2 – With or Without you


    Leonard Cohen – Chelsea Hotel#2

  • Tom B says:

    Bruce Cockburn – World of Wonders
    Daniel Lanois – Here is What Is

  • Steve Mironov says:

    The Sire of Sorrow (Job’s Sad Song ) – Joni Mitchell

  • Howie Taylor says:

    The Flaming Lips – “Do You Realize”

  • Brian S. says:

    I would love to hear Peter Gabriel do a version of Dave Carter’s “When I go”

  • Phillip Koehler says:

    Sting – If I ever lose my faith in you

  • Kathy S says:

    David Bowie “Wild is the Wind”
    Tool – “The Pot”

    But…I would second XTC – “Wrapped in Grey”

  • Michelle says:

    Elton John’s “Ticking”

  • Lance says:

    Johnny Cash’s cover of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt”

    Peter would sound amazing sing a song with amazing lyics

  • Andy says:

    Joseph Arhtur – “In the Sun”

  • CM says:

    Police – Bring on the Night!

  • Christopher Owens says:

    Bill Withers, “Ain’t no Sunsine”

  • Brian says:

    Since PG was really focusing on the lyrics with this album, I would have loved to have heard him cover THEY DANCE ALONE by STING. Very Powerful song, would’ve sounded great stripped down by Peter.

  • Art Dirla says:

    “I Taught Myself How To Grow Old” by Ryan Adams
    and I would give a limb to hear Ryan cover Mercy Street.

  • Markus Görlich says:

    “American Pie” by Don McLean

  • Hans-Jürgen says:

    I would like to hear:

    “Helter Skelter” – U2

  • Tracy Stephensen says:

    “Love on the Air” – David Gilmour

  • Joe Curcio says:

    I love the Listening Wind cover, but would have loved to hear “This Must Be the Place”

  • nella says:

    many songs…what I can choose? David Byrne road to nowhere, tom waits old 54′, billie joel the stranger,deep purple smoke on the water, bruce sprisngsteen I’m on fire,u2 with or without you etc etc….

  • gonzalo azocar says:

    Peter Gabriel. Philadelphia

  • Joe DeFazio says:

    Rock On – David Essex

  • AL Worl says:

    Otis Redding’s ‘I’ve Been Loving You…”!

  • SusannaGrant says:

    Congratulations to Art Dirla and Calyx who won tickets to see Peter perform.
    Enjoy the shows and please come back here and tell us the highlights.

    Society of Sound

  • Phil Ward says:

    Dear God – XTC

  • Caglan Baler says:

    Whole Lot Of Love: Led Zeppelin:

  • Joe Lubow says:

    So who won?

  • Victoria H. says:

    Imagine…. John Lennon

  • Victor M says:


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