Happy New Year

31 December 2004

Happy New Year to all who visit and contribute to vivaroxymusic.com 2004 has seen the visits to the site the highest in the 3 and a half years since the site opened. The statistics page has recorded a total of 1,030,657 pages read on the site this year alone with a weekly peak in January, the week that Mick Green had his heart scare on stage in New Zealand with over 27,000 pages visited that week. Thanks to all who visit the site regularly for making the sites work and existence worthwhile. A special thanks to all those who contribute with photographs, news items, information etc to add to the site. The adjacent picture was created by and sent to the site by Roger Farrington. A poster size download will be available on a new section coming to the site soon. The highlight for vivaroxymusic.com in 2004 was to be asked to contribute to the artwork for ‘The Platinum Collection’ and gain an official credit on the sleeve. This was a show of recognition and appreciation by Bryan Ferry and his new management team for the site’s efforts and its value to the fans. The visitors and contributors to the site have played a part in that recognition and for that I am eternally grateful. I have summarised the news throughout the last year as a reminder of what happened in 2004 in the Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music world. Lets hope the news pages of 2005 will bring news of new albums, live shows and TV appearances to report on. JANUARY Bryan Ferry begins a tour of New Zealand & Australia. Guitarist Mick Green takes a heart attack on stage in New Zealand. Mick thankfully recovers over the coming months. FEBRUARY Bryan Ferry continues with his Australia & Far East tour and is joined on stage by Phil Manzanera in Honk Kong. Bryan Ferry announces the dates for a UK summer tour. MARCH Bryan Ferry contributed a piece of his own artwork to be auctioned at Christie's for charity. Jane Birkin releases her duets album ‘Rendezvous’ where she is joined by Bryan Ferry on a new version of In Every Dreamhome A Heartache. APRIL More dates are added to the forthcoming Bryan Ferry tour including the Montreux Jazz Festival. MAY Phil Manzanera announces details of his forthcoming new album. Bryan Ferry fails to appear on Breakfast TV (UK) due to flu and cancels the re-scheduled appearances. Bryan’s performance of Will You Love Me Tomorrow on Top Of The Pops from 1993 was shown on TOTP2. Roxy Music perform at a private show. JUNE The 3 CD box set ‘The Platinum Collection’ is released. Bryan Ferry performed in Dubai, Bahrain, Beirut & Greece before commencing his UK tour. The UK tour has many last minute cancellations due to Bryan having laryngitis. JULY Phil Manzanera releases '6 PM' his first solo album in 4 years. Bryan returns to the stage at Oxford after the previous 6 shows being cancelled. Only one show of the remaining 7 where cancelled and the tour comes to close in Nice Andy MacKay plays at a local festival with Badly Drawn Boy & Mick Jones from The Clash AUGUST Roxy Music are heavily featured in an NME 148 page magazine special about the Glam era. The magazine included the original NME reviews of the first 5 Roxy Music albums as well as single reviews from the same period. Phil Manzanera is interviewed for Radio 2 SEPTEMBER Bryan Ferry performed at ‘Fashion Manchester’ Andy Mackay releases his first solo album in 26 years ‘SAMAS Music For The Senses’ The Roxy Music biography ‘The Thrill Of It All’ is published. OCTOBER Roxy Music receive the Q Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award. Bryan Ferry appears in ‘The Porter’ a short promotional film for Mercedes. A new piano/vocal version of A Fool For Love is recorded for the film and becomes available as an internet download. NOVEMBER Some of Bryan Ferry’s performance at Live Aid is released on the ‘Live Aid’ DVD. Details are issued of a fortchcoming Roxy Music docmentary DVD 'Inside Roxy Music'. DECEMBER EMI release a Bryan Ferry as well as a Roxy Music compilation album as part of their ‘Collection’ series.

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