Scottish Sunday Mail - Sun 12th Jan

Scottish Sunday Mail
12 January 2003



Billy Sloan

BRYAN FERRY - rock's king of cool - will raise the curtain at Scotland's hippest new music venue.

I can exclusively reveal the Roxy Music superstar will play the first gig at the new Glasgow Academy on March 27. Tickets priced £27.50 are on sale now.

The singer will play tracks from his latest hit solo album Frantic, plus Roxy classics such as Virginia Plain and Do The Strand.

He'll pip Sugababes by just 24 hours for the accolade of playing the 2500- capacity Academy's first concert.

Ferry said: "I have such great memories of playing the legendary Glasgow Apollo.

"It's always a pleasure to play in Scotland. The Scots were among the first to take Roxy to their hearts."

I can also confirm Ferry will headline shows at Dundee Caird Hall on March 28 and Aberdeen Music Hall the following night.

In 2001, he reformed Roxy Music for a sell-out world tour which included a memorable show at the SECC in Glasgow.

Last year, he enjoyed amazing solo success with Frantic, which featured Radiohead, Eurythmics' star Dave Stewart and his former Roxy bandmate Brian Eno. "I wanted Frantic to be a rock record with a mix of my songs and inter- pretations of classics such as Goodnight Irene by Leadbelly and One Way Love by Cliff Bennett.

"My previous album, As Time Goes By, was songs from the 1930s but it was time to do something with more of a contemporary edge."

On Frantic, Ferry pays homage to his music hero Bob Dylan by covering It's All Over Now Baby Blue and Don't Think Twice It's Alright.

Ferry also kicked off his first solo album These Foolish Things in 1973 with a stunning version of Dylan's, A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall.

What is it about the US superstar he admires so much?

"Dylan's lyrics are so fantastic to sing," said Bryan, "He's such a great writer and master of language.

"I don't have any reservations about covering what many fans would regard as sacred songs.

"I hope he's happy with how I've covered his songs because I've always treated his music with total respect."

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