7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss Roxy Music’s Dallas Concert

In what might be the best news of the week, legendary English rockers Roxy Music have announced their first tour in 11 years (and their first concerts on American soil in 19 years) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their self-titled debut album. in 1972. The band, consisting of their core quartet of vocalist Bryan Ferry, guitarist Phil Manzanera, oboist/saxophonist Andy MacKay and drummer Paul Thompson, is scheduled to play American Airlines Center on Friday, September 23, with guest special St. Vincent.

To celebrate our vertigo, here are seven reasons we’re thrilled to see Roxy Music FINALLY play DFW.

1. This will be Roxy Music‘s first-ever concert in Dallas.

The last time Roxy Music played a gig in the United States was during the George W. Bush administration. The last time Roxy Music played a gig in Texas was during the Ford administration at Armadillo’s 1,500-seat world headquarters in Austin. They never played in Dallas.

2. Tickets are actually reasonably priced

As of this writing, most tickets to the show range between $86 and $199 (including fees), with only the first 10 row seats costing over $300. Compare that with prices for the recent Genesis Reunion Tour, which typically started around $150 and topped out at around $500, not including fees. Given Phil Collins’ recent announcement that this latest release ended up being Genesis’ last, it’s not unreasonable to assume that these upcoming shows will likely be DFW’s last chance to see Roxy Music.

3. Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera, Andy MacKay and Paul Thompson

While Bryan Ferry is a fairly regular visitor to North Texas for his solo endeavors, opportunities to see the other band members have been virtually non-existent. Other than Manzanera, none are on many tours/side projects these days, and Manzanera no longer tours with David Gilmour, so seeing the majority of Roxy Music in the flesh is a rarity in itself, let alone all of them together.

4. The probable presence of Eddie Jobson, Chris Spedding and Neil Jason

Although their participation in the tour has not yet been officially confirmed, alongside the hard core of the group, there will probably be a trio of veteran musicians who have spent decades in and around the firmament of Roxy Music. In the band’s last single reunion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2019, they were backed by keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson, guitarist Chris Spedding and bassist Neil Jason. Jason, for his part, was essential to the band’s swan song album. Avalon in 1982, performing on most tracks on the album and accompanying the band on what would end up being their last pre-tour meetings. Outside of Roxy Jason has played bass for Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Dire Straits and others. Ferry invited Jason into his solo band in 2019, so his presence on the Roxy 50 tour is all but assured.

Chris Spedding has spent most of his career as a session player, contributing lead guitar parts to records by Harry Nilsson (“Jump Into The Fire”), Tom Waits (rain dogs), Jack Bruce (Songs for a Tailor), Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of War of the Worlds and many more, with Ferry bringing him into the fold for solo projects in 2016.

Outside of his work with King Crimson and the UK, Eddie Jobson first joined Roxy Music in 1973 upon the departure of founding keyboardist/sound manipulator Brian Eno and remained a member until their first, brief disbandment in 1976. Jobson’s crafty fiddle is most on display. fueling the cacophonous outro of “Out of the Blue”, a solo he reproduced more than 40 years later at the band’s Rock Hall induction

5. The catalog
If you know the work of Roxy Music, you don’t need motivation to see the band in concert. The songs speak for themselves. However, newcomers only know “Love is the Drug”, “More Than This” or the title song of Avalon, will discover a colorful musical universe filled with intellectual stimulation, sexual sensations and very beautiful costumes. From the band’s early days as an indirect contribution to the English glam rock scene alongside David Bowie, T-Rex and The Sweet, to the band’s proto-new wave excursions of the late 70s and early 80s 80, Roxy The music never stagnated, never repeated itself musically, and always stood out thanks to Ferry’s beautiful twittering and the band’s ability to absolutely warp any predisposition to be normal. Deep tracks to check out include “Prairie Rose” (the band’s ode to Texas), “In Every Dream Home a Heartache” (thanks Harry Styles, for bringing this one to a new generation), and arguably the second masterpiece of the group “Mother of pearl.

6. “More Than That”

Yes, this song alone is worth the price of the ticket. In the 40 years since Roxy Music bid farewell to Avalon, “More Than This” became what seems to be the pinnacle of everything the band was able to accomplish or strove to accomplish. Although it retroactively became the band’s biggest hit in the US through heavy use in commercials and films (including this one-scene masterpiece from lost in translation) the song effectively served as Roxy Music’s farewell with the words “It was fun, for a while there was no way of knowing, like a dream in the night, who’s to say where we’re going?” The song even takes an extra two minutes after Ferry has finished singing in order to admire his own perfection, the years spent building towards this moment, and the perfection of musical aesthetic that only Roxy Music could achieve.

7. St. Vincent
Do we really need to detail? Annie Clark gets the arena treatment in her hometown for a group that basically walked so they could run. There’s no more elegant way to pass the musical baton than to have St. Vincent opening for Roxy Music in Dallas.

Presale for Roxy Music’s Dallas show is underway (code: ROXY50) with general on-sale starting Monday, April 4 at 10:00 am CDT.

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