Even when following musical convention, Peter Gabriel retains his idiosyncratic nature. Running through a commercially popular album in full may be common for bands now, but there was plenty more to savour than just 1986's So.
The opening, for instance, was a three song acoustic segment with stage lights up. It felt like stumbling upon the soundcheck, complete with Gabriel admitting the first song wasn't completed yet
Perhaps this was the singer kicking away any notion that the gig was all about nostalgia, but the second course, as he dubbed it, was more easily digestible.
This electric run-through of material new and old featured superb playing from his backing band, as well as a lively, mischievous streak. Digging In The Dirt provided an adrenaline rush, both punishing guitars and ethereal vocals, while a bouncing Secret World featured Gabriel and his band joyfully doing a synchronised dance routine, a habit they returned to later on.
The third course, of So in full, pushed further with the crowd-pleasers - Sledgehammer here presented as a beery anthem and Big Time a robust fist-pumper. Yet matters were never quite so simple, and the night's most captivating moments were often a darker shade, with The Family and the Fishing Net suitable for an eerie horror movie.
At times, onstage theatrics with various cameras were off-putting, and while Gabriel lying on the floor during Mercy Street will look impressive on DVD, it appeared tailored for that, not a live crowd.
Yet if an occasionally synchronised air hung over those moments, stunning versions of Don't Give Up and a partying In Your Eyes emphatically reaffirmed the bond between audience and Gabriel as a live, captivating performer.