Paris - Sun 1st Dec

Roxy Music legend Bryan Ferry unwinds in Paris Talia Soghomonian, 12/2002 from Bryan Ferry "Oooh, my first interview with a living legend," thinks yours truly as Bryan Ferry walks into his Parisian hotel lobby with a shopping bag from one of the neighbouring haute couture stores. Minutes later, we lounge like lizards in the courtyard under the sun and talk about, well, everything. I believe you had a slight voice problem yesterday. How are you today? Bryan: Well, it's normal from being on the road, on tour, singing a lot. I don't do interviews at all when I'm on tour, so this time, on a day off, I'll do that kind of thing a little bit. Why 'Frantic'? Bryan: It's at the end of the recording, when we were kind of finishing off. We were doing the mixing, and we were also mixing the Roxy DVD and editing it. It was a frantic moment for a few weeks. Do you have plans to do another Roxy tour? Bryan: You can never tell what happens. I'd be open to it some day. It was exciting, and this tour is exciting too. It's nice to keep varying things. Your new album is varied too. You even said, "It was great for me, as a singer, not to have to compete with a hundred other instruments." Bryan: Yes, the idea was to try and do something more direct and straightforward. You cover a lot of Bob Dylan songs. What is it about his songs? Bryan: The quality of the writing, really. Simple as that. Beautiful words. What if you did a duet with him? Bryan: Wouldn't that be nice? You once said, "Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix, but I could never quite pull it off." You obviously love the guitar, so was it his expertise on that instrument that attracted you? Bryan: Well, he was the best guitar player and had a great look and a great attitude. I saw him play when I was a student. I was very impressed. Very influenced. Did you want to create an atmosphere or tell a story like on the track 'San Simeon'? Bryan: I thought it was good if somebody would go back to a place, a house that has a lot of memories as far as that goes. Is there anyone you'd like to work with? Bryan: Yes, Dr Dre! I think he's very good. So what do you listen to nowadays? Bryan: Nothing. I hate music. At the moment, probably MTV. At least you see some amusing videos, either girl rappers and all the guys doing (imitates rap attitude). It's really funny. I like it. There was one on this morning

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