Adelaide: Ferry and Boys give Adelaide a blast from Glam past - Sat 18th Aug

Adelaide: Ferry and Boys give Adelaide a blast from Glam past
18 August 2001

Messenger - Weekly Times, 22 AUG 2001
ROXY MUSIC: Adelaide Entertainment Centre Friday, August 17
Reviewed by Jeff Crawford

ROXY Music took a sweeping, thorough journey through its impressive back catalogue last Friday that almost bamboozled the mixed-age audience. Most were probably expecting the later hits which eventually arrived and Bryan Ferry solo smashes, but seemed slightly puzzled by the glam blast of Remake/Remodel and Ladytron.
But it was a joy for real Roxy aficionados to see four founding members Ferry, guitarist Phil Manzanera, saxophonist/oboeist Andy Mackay and drummer Paul Thompson giving their early '70s gems a polish.

Ferry was in fine voice and is still a mixture of cool presence and clunky moves, finding time for three costume changes as he made his way through Street Life, a superb Song for Europe and Out of the Blue (complete with note-perfect violin solo from Lucy Wilkins).

Manzanera remains a sharp and adventurous guitarist, and he seemed to relish sharing guitar chores with Ferry solo sideman Chris Spedding. Mackay remained enigmatic, letting his sax and haunting oboe do the talking.

It took a searing Both Ends Burning and the arrival of four go-go girls to get the audience on its feet, after which Roxy took a triumphant trawl through Oh Yeah, Avalon, Dance Away and Jealous Guy.
Amid the smooth '80s grooves, In Every Dream Home a Heartache seemed oddly out of place, but near the end of the show Roxy returned to early years with a punky Editions of You and glorious Virginia Plain.
Love is the Drug and Do the Strand made a fitting encore, with Roxy bidding a final ``ta-ra'' with the floating textures of For Your Pleasure.

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