Today, Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry is 73 years old. Glam rock band Roxy Music rose to prominence in the 1970s with eight studio albums, three UK number one albums and one album that went platinum in the US. Ferry was also a prolific and accomplished solo musician, leaving Roxy Music in 1982 after their most commercially successful album to focus on his solo career. Ferry is known for his distinct croon and dazzling art-rock, and like David Bowie his looks and catalog have become very influential.
Roxy Music, which also featured Brian Eno during the early years, released a self-titled debut album in 1972, followed by two albums a year later, At your service, and one of their most famous records, Failed. In 1974, they released what many critics consider their most solid album, Country life, which featured singles like “All I Want is You” and “The Thrill of It All”.
On October 28, 1974, the group performed at City Hall in Newcastle, England, during an extended world tour. In addition to Ferry, Andy MacKay, Phil Manzanera and Paul Thompson, the show’s lineup included former Curved Air multi-instrumentalist Eddie Jobson (who replaced Eno) as well as bassist / vocalist John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia ) who later formed the progressive rock band UK with Jobson.
Wolfgang’s Alan Bershaw notes the show’s highlights:
Although Jobson and Wetton gave the group a more prog touch, as opposed to the glam rock vibe of the previous formation, Roxy Music was and remains a vehicle for the creative triumvirate of Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera and Andy MacKay. Highlights of this show, recorded at Town Hall in Newcastle, England, include the overture, “Prairie Rose”, “Mother Of Pearl”, “Out Of The Blue”, “In Every Dream Home A Heartache “,” All I Want Is You “and a dazzling ending that vibrates with the greatest songs of the group:” Virginia Plane “,” Editions Of You “,” Remake Remodel “and the contagious anti-dance song” Do The Strand ” .
Listen to Roxy Music’s performance in 1974 in full below, and check out an interview with Ferry from 1986 below.