Brisbane City Search 23 07 2001 - Mon 23rd Jul

Brisbane City Search 23 07 2001
23 July 2001

Roxy Music aficionados recognise two distinct eras in the band's original, 12-year life. The explosive glam rock of the early '70s and the mum-pleasing crooning of Avalon remain worlds apart, but the unifying factors - Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay (sax) and Phil Manzanera (guitar) - are doing their best to stick them back together.

Borrowing from Warhol's factory, old Hollywood and psychedelic pop, Roxy's art-rock hybrid spawned some of the most adventurous and influential albums of the '70s before their experimental zest was derailed by the more conventional aspirations of their singer.
After 18 years in hiatus, the band's core trio announced this reunion tour in February. Subsequent shows have revisited their first glitter-strewn single of 1972, Virginia Plain, and their schmaltzy John Lennon cover, Jealous Guy, a monster hit immediately after their last Australian tour, back in 1981. With original drummer Paul Thompson a late addition, Roxy's only challenge is a set list that balances the youthful thrill of Pyjamarama with the '80s FM fodder of More Than This. Either way, it's already an event.

Michael Dwyer, CitySearch

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