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Peter Gabriel’s long awaited new album is in “final stages”

For music fans who’ve been wondering — is Peter Gabriel down with O.P.P. — we’ll soon get an answer.

Gabriel, whose long-delayed new album “Up” is in the final mixing stage, appears as a guest on Naughty By Nature’s forthcoming album “iicons.”

Gabriel’s official website says producer Tchad Blake (Ron Sexsmith, Crowded House) is giving “Up” a final mix, while Gabriel gives the album’s lyrics a one last reworking.

Among the guest musicians appearing on the five-years-in-the-making “Up” are Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the Blind Boys Of Alabama, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, and Nick Drake bassist Danny Thompson.

The site says, once and for all, that “Up” will be released in 2002. His last studio album was 1992’s “Us.” The site also said that Gabriel has remixed his catalogue of albums for a reissue campaign to be launched by Virgin’s U.K. division this spring.

Meanwhile, Billboard reports Gabriel managed to find time to contribute to Naughty By Nature’s cut “Fight Back.” The album also contains contributions from Queen Latifah, Method Man and Redman, Pink, and a host of other guests. “iicons” is due in record tores April 23.

Hopefully that is April 23, 2002!