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Peter's Mad at Oscar

I've always enjoyed Peter Gabriel's work.  His album "So" is one of my all-time favorites.  However, Mr. Gabriel is being a bit of a baby these days.  Did you hear about his complaint with the Oscars?  A song Gabriel created for the movie Wall-E is up for an Academy Award, but this year the organizers want the performances of each song to be only 65 seconds long.  Apparently, Gabriel is upset and doesn't want to perform for literally just a minute. As you may know, Gabriel's concerts are quite extravagant.  He likes to dress up and do extra long versions of songs.  Perhaps they Academy was afraid he would come out on stage wearing something like this:        Yes, that's Peter Gabriel at one of his shows. He still plans on going to the ceremony, but will let a gospel choir do his song instead of him.  I'm trying to decide if is really offended or if he really just doesn't want to go through all the prep-time for a such a short performance. Yes, it is annoying to have your work edited but in the end why not go along with it?  It's not as if they're censoring important political statements Gabriel is making in the song.  After all, it's a song for a kids' movie!! I kinda hope he wins because I'd like to see if he would give an acceptance speech that is at least 70 seconds long.

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