It's easy to get the rest of the band to talk about Peter Gabriel.
'Everyone knows what he tried to do,' says Anthony Phillips, another
ex-member. 'He wanted the band to sell out.' For the first few albums,
Peter Gabriel was the quiet, calm leader of the band, keeping time
with his impeccable bass drum. But then the inward tensions and
strains in the band started to show. 'He wanted to take us in this
direction where no one else wanted to go,' says Steve Hackett. 'He
was always saying, "We should do more love songs," and "We have
to get more girls to come to the shows," and "What the hell is a
Can-Utility?" and talking down to us. He used to call me a prat!!'
Phil Collins agrees. 'All he ever wanted to write was three minute
sugar pop, and when he didn't get his way, he'd yell at us and call
us big-head babies. The first album was the only one he ever liked.'
Unhappy with Gabriel's increasing control and contrariness, the
rest of the band abruptly dumped him by purposefully shoving him
into the crowd during a gig. He broke his leg, and even though the
band finished the set, they left the stage before Gabriel could
follow and drove off without him in his own Volkswagen van. Says
Peter: 'What a bunch of f*cking a#$eholes. They're not fit to @#$%en
my @#%%ing !@$#^$. And you can @#%ing quote me on that.' Since the
unhappy breakup, Gabriel has enjoyed major success as one of a five-member
boy band, dubbed 'Gabriel's Angels.' Even Tony Banks puts up his
nose at the mention of this group. 'The other four members are recycled
every two years, to keep the band under the age limit!' he sniffs,
nervously fingering his shirt collar. 'Have you got a drink?' Recently,
perhaps in an attempt to add more credibility to his shallow musical
image, Gabriel has formed a touring big band jazz band, wherein
he plays the bass drum.
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