A life long Roxy Music / Bryan Ferry fan ( first concert Preston 1972)
I was more than a little looking forward to this tour, it may be the last time Bryan tours?
Good support act engaged with the audience ands was quite funny. then enter Mr Ferry, opening with two tracks from Avonmore only to be expected then straight into Ladytron and Beauty Queen Roxy classics setting the scene for a promising night just what the audience who mostly have grown up with Roxy and Ferry wanted,Then more Ferry solo work from Avalon,on to two Bob Dylan covers Dream ,a track the Dylan and true Ferry fans might have heard before most I thought didn't recognise it and Bryans diction / sound made it difficult to hear the lovely words the second Dylan was a classic rendering of Don't think twice .superb,Then a couple of Ferry classics Slave to love and Smoke gets in your eyes again crowd pleasers. Then in my opinion the set was let down with the inclusion of Zamba from my least fav album Bete Noire straight into stronger through the years from Manifesto again in my opinion something like Trash or Manifesto would have kept the crowd on a high.Back to Avalon and Avonmore and another track from Bete Noire. all these songs were sung at an amazing pace and it would have been nice for some interaction from Mr Ferry apart from the usual Good to be in Manchester and musician introductions.
Then in the second half the show started .....
Love is the Drug, Do the Strand,Lets stick together, Virginia Plain, editions of you ... Just what the audience wanted and you could see that Bryan was enjoying singing theses classics he seemed mush more relaxed loving the adoration , winding down to finish with jealous Guy. I have to remember that Mr Ferry is almost 70 and bearing that in mind he was remarkable and I enjoyed 85% of the show, he still has charm and style and I am please that I got the chance to see him again performing some classics from his vast collection of songs and I did enjoy the show
I have tried to be honest in my review and not let the fact that it s Bryan Ferry cloud my review :)