Gabriel On Oscar Dis: I'm An Old Fart



Cancels scheduled
performance of lame Wall-E song; the rest of win!


By Blurt Staff


According to a video blog posted to Peter Gabriel’s website
(, the
eccentric singer has decided to cancel his appearance at this year’s Oscars,
which will be Feb. 22 in L.A.
He’d originally been scheduled to play “Down To Earth,” from the Wall-E soundtrack – he’s nominated in
the Music (Song) category – but upon learning that it would only be part of a
65-second medley and not the complete song, he pulled out.


 Said Gabriel, “We
were originally hoping to perform. We’d assumed, as there are only three
nominees, that the songs would be performed [in full. But the producers came in
to revamp it as audience figures were falling off. One of the things they’ve
decided to cut is the songs. So we’ve only been offered 65 seconds as part of a
medley. So I’ve now decided to withdraw from the ceremony, but I’ll still go
along. I do think it’s a bit unfortunate. I do think songwriters, even though
they’re a small part of the filmmaking process… we still work bloody hard and I
think deserve a place in the ceremony as well.

“So I’m an old fart, and it’s not going to do me any
harm to make a little protest. But the ceremony will be fun and I’m looking
forward to it.”


Er, Pete, it wasn’t that they didn’t actually want the whole
song – they were afraid you’d show up wearing that flower outfit and upstage
the whole spectacle….



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