Paul Thompson's Solo and Session Work

Roxy Music drummer Paul Thompson or introduced show after show by Bryan Ferry 'The Great Paul Thompson' joined Roxy Music in November 1971 replacing Dexter Lloyd via an audition in which he borrowed a drum kit. He had previously been in a variety of Newcastle bands but had moved to London at the beginning of 1971. His only songwriting credit to date is ‘Your Application's Failed’ which is a B-Side to ‘All I Want Is You’. Paul wrote it on a guitar and took it to Phil Manzanera. Paul played on the first six Roxy albums and departed due to the time honoured reason of there being musical differences.


During his period with Roxy Music, Paul also played on the first four Bryan Ferry solo albums, and both Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera's solo work. He also played on Eno's first solo album 'Here Com the Warm Jets' album and toured with Bryan Ferry on his 1977 ‘In Your Mind tour as well as fitting in some dates with Phil Manzanera's 801.


His post Roxy session work included such diverse acts as punk band, The Angelic Upstarts on their 1983 album 'Reason Why' and Blues/Rock man Gary Moore on his Emerald Aisles Live In Ireland tour in 1985 which was released on video.

In 1987 Paul joined 2624 sqn RauxAF (regt) fulfilling his lifelong ambition of serving in the military. He qualified as a section commander, skill at arms instructor and attained the rank of corporal. He left in 1993.

He joined the band Concrete Blonde who covered Roxy's "End Of The Line" and had two successful albums in Bloodletting and Mexican Moon.


Paul spent most of the 1990's in local bands in his native Newcastle. He joined the tour of the reformed Roxy Music of 2001, much to the delight of the fans and has proved show after show on the 2001 tour that he is a major part of the history of Roxy Music and an integral part of the Roxy sound. Paul joined Bryan in the studio after the Roxy Music tour to record some drums to finish the long awaited Bryan Ferry album 'Frantic' and has also joined Bryan for his 'Frantic' 2002-2004 tour.


Roxy Music did some live dates in 2003, 2005 and 2006. Paul had to pull out of the 2006 shows due to illness and was replaced by Andy Newmark for the tour.


Both Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay recruited Paul’s drumming services again for their solo albums. He would appear on Phil’s album ‘6PM’ and ’50 Minutes Later’. He also joined Andy Mackay's band the Metaphors and did some live dates in 2008 and the band released the album "London! New York! Rome! Paris!" in 2009

Paul was back on the Roxy Music drum stool for their 2010 festival tour as well as the 2011 Roxy Music tour, their final shows.

Paul joined Lindisfarne in 2013and has toured regularly with them ever since

Paul Thompson along with Roxy Music cohorts Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay, Eddie Jobson ,Brian Eno and Graham Simpson were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on 29th March 2019.