After playing with my phone (inc Angry Birds) for a while the 12 strong gang of Roxy Music walked onto the stage.
Sometimes there are reports of Brian Ferry’s voice not always being up to scratch, but last night he sounded decent enough, although he does have 3 backing singers to help the tunes along.
Guitarist Phil Manzanera is also still with the band and he performed well, although it’s a pity he hasn’t kept more of his 70’s look (rock stars shouldn’t be able to go bald, some have miraculously gone bald then grown some back :o). Helping Phil out was a young guitarist who got his own chance to shine a few times.
Also shining was Saxophonist Andy Mackay and his lady saxy partner Georgina. All adding to Roxy’s unique sound.
A review I read before the gig said that they didn’t like the fact that during the gig most of the band members were in very low light. This was true but I thought they made up for it with the music and the huge backdrop which showed the accompanying animations and video of the band in a lava lamp style.
Not everything they played got the crowd moving and of course the outstanding tunes were mainly the well known ones - Street Life, Same Old Scene, Avalon, Jealous Guy, Virginia Plain, Love Is The Drug, Do The Strand. But as an experience it was interesting and I’m glad I went (even though it was quite pricey)
The Main Thing
If There Is Something
In Every Dreamhome A Heartache
Just Like You
Like A Hurricane
To Turn You On
Same Old Scene
My Only Love
Love Is The Drug
Editions Of You
Do The Strand
For Your Pleasure