Embarking on his first North American tour in nearly a decade, Peter Gabriel kicked off his Growing Up Live 2002-2003 tour Nov. 13.

LD Luc LaFortune (whose credits include numerous productions with Cirque du Soleil) has specified a bundle of High End Systems equipment in the design, including 36 x.Spot HO (High Output) and 36 Studio Beam® automated luminaires, and four Catalyst™ systems with orbital mirror heads and six Catalyst media servers. Controlling the show are three Wholehog® II consoles with a wing.

The UK's NegEarth is the primary lighting contractor, with Upstaging as its partner on the North American legs. The NegEarth crew includes programmer/operator Dennis Gardner, crew chief John Shelly, head electrician Andy Porter, and Dave Cox in charge of Catalyst systems.

Gabriel is promoting his new CD, "Up."