Roxy Music has been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since their first single “Virginia Plain” turned 25 in 1997, but they have always been more popular in their native England than in America and even the band members are a. little surprised that they entered this year. “I always thought we were a little too far away for the mainstream in America, even though we have a lot of subscribers there,” Roxy saxophonist Andy Mackay told Rolling Stone at the end of the year. last. “It was very surprising to hear.”
Unsurprisingly, keyboardist Brian Eno – who left the band in 1973 and hasn’t appeared with them on stage since – did not show up at the ceremony. Drummer Paul Thompson was also absent, although he was a constant member of the band from their debut album until their last reunion concerts in 2011. But vocalist Bryan Ferry, guitarist Phil Manzanera and Mackay were all on hand for. accept the award, marking their first appearance as a band in eight years.
Bryan Ferry spoke on behalf of the entire group, thanking the various musicians, producers, staff and artists who have worked with Roxy Music over the years. Here is his full speech following a speech by Simon Le Bon and John Taylor of Duran Duran.
I want to thank everyone for this unexpected honor, especially our fans around the world, who have supported us over the years. I also want to thank all the musicians, who have played such an important role in the history of Roxy Music, especially Paul Thompson and Brian Eno. Eddie Jobson, who’s here with us tonight. It’s a long list of bassists, I’m afraid. And with that, I would like to thank Graham Simpson, Rik Kenton, John Porter, John Gustafson, John Wetton, Gary Tibbs, Sal Maida, Rick Wills, Alan Spenner and Neil Jason.
Let’s move on to Avalon years, I would also like to mention Andy Newmark, Allan Schwartzberg, Jimmy Maelen, Paul Carrack, Neil Hubbard, Yannick Etienne and Fonzi Thornton.
Also, the group helping us tonightâ¦ Jorja Chalmersâ¦ and the legendary Chris Spedding.
We’ve always had a great team behind the scenes, including our producers Rhett Davies, Chris Thomas, John Punter and Pete Sinfield. â¦ And the master of the mastery of Bob Ludwig. Our directors were Mark Fenwick and David Enthovenâ¦ and Christian Wainwright, and the late great Dr Simon Puxley, who was our professor of public relations.
Finally, the album covers. Thanks to Anthony Price, Karl Stoecker, Eric Bowman, Graham Hughes, Neil Kirk, Peter Saville and my old college buddy, Nick De Ville. Thanks to all of the above and thanks to you.