Awaiting the release of his first studio album since 2002, English musician Peter Gabriel has unveiled four dates for the brief New Blood Tour...

Awaiting the release of his first studio album since 2002, English musician Peter Gabriel has unveiled four dates for the brief New Blood Tour of North America.

The performances will be a departure for the musician best known for his intricate progressive and experimental rock, as he’s promised nights of “no drums” and “no guitars” on his official Web site. Instead, the former Genesis vocalist will be accompanied exclusively by a 54-piece orchestra.

After five engagements in Paris, Berlin and London this March, the rock spectacle will visit just three more markets stateside. The North American concerts are booked for April 28 at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC; May 2-3 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY; and May 7 at Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA.

Tickets for Gabriel’s two Radio City performances go on sale to the general public on February 16. A one-week presale precedes the public sale, running from February 7 at 10 a.m. (EDT) through February 15 at 10 p.m. (EDT). Ticketing information for Gabriel’s Montreal and Los Angeles events has not yet been released.

The upcoming spring concerts will focus on material from the eighth studio album of his solo career, “Scratch My Back.” Due on February 15, the effort features Gabriel’s orchestral covers of a dozen songs by his contemporaries, such as Paul Simon and Lou Reed, as well as up-and-coming artists like Arcade Fire and Bon Iver.

According to an early January interview with Billboard, the album is part of a musical exchange with the artists being covered. “Scratch My Back” will be followed by a second set called “I’ll Scratch Yours,” as each act returns the favor with their interpretations of his songs.

Peter Gabriel – New Blood Tour itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

March 22 Paris, FRA Palais Omnisport de Paris-Bercy
March 24 – 25 Berlin, GER O2 World
March 27 – 28 London, ENG O2 Arena
April 28 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
May 2 – 3 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
May 7 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl