Peter Gabriel has had a unique career, with three distinct chapters as the frontman for Genesis, the envelope-pushing solo artist and the post-"So" rock star.
It's no wonder he's about to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a rare second time -- this time, as a solo artist. Drummer Jerry Marotta, who played and recorded with Gabriel in the days between Genesis and his smash "Sledgehammer," is now paying tribute to Gabriel's solo work with his band, The Security Project, which will wrap up the current leg of its American tour at the Paramount in Huntington on Friday. The band was named after Gabriel's solo album "Security," which Marotta played on, and includes King Crimson alum Trey Gunn on Warr guitar, singer Brian Cummins, guitarist Fuzzbee Morse and keyboardist David Jameson.
"The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame kind of pales in comparison to him," says Marotta, calling from a tour stop in Burlington, Vt. "He belongs in the Hall of Fame for humanity. He's in a league with Bono. They use their celebrity in an ultra-positive way."
How did The Security Project start?
The idea was to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of "Security." It didn't occur to us that the very same year was the 25th anniversary of the release of "So." Peter went out to commemorate "So."
How do you decide what Gabriel songs to do?
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We tend not to do songs like "Shock the Monkey," because Peter's still performing, and that's a song he'd do in his set. We play the material that Gabriel fans would like to hear, but he doesn't necessarily do. ... We don't want to do what Peter is doing. The material from his early solo records is so powerful and strong, we want fans to have access to it.
Does your set list change?
We're trying to hone this down to be as great as it can be. ... Each piece has its own personality. But it seems to flow together in any way we arrange the set. It's the nature of the material, and it's the nature of Peter.
WHEN|WHERE 8 p.m. Friday, the Paramount, Huntington
INFO $15-$35; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com