Roxy Music at the Kia Forum – Music Connection Magazine


Roxy Music’s short 50th anniversary North American tour wrapped up last night at the KIA Forum. It was their first tour in a decade. The tour had only 10 dates starting September 7 in Toronto, Canada. The tour included stops at the United Center, TD Garden, Madison Square Garden, Chase Center, and American Airlines Arena. However, there are still three concerts next month in the UK. For 50 years, Roxy Music has been Bryan Ferry (vocals/keyboards), Andy Mackay (sax/oboe), Paul Thompson (drums) and Phil Manzanera (guitar). If you saw David Gilmour at the Forum in 2015, you might remember Manzanera playing with him. The touring band is bassist Neil Jason, Christian Gulino (MD + keyboards), Nathen ‘Tugg’ Curran (percussion), Jorja Chalmers (sax & keyboards), Chloe Beth Smith (keyboards), Phebe Edwards (backing vocals), Fonzi Thornton (Choirs), Senab Adekunle (Choirs) and Tom Vanstiphout (Guitar). With Roxy Music, there’s St. Vincent. St. Vincent played an excellent set of nine songs, including “Los Angeles”, “New York” and “Fast Slow Disco”.

Roxy Music existed for 13 years before breaking up in 1983 and then reuniting from 1978 to 1983 and again from 2001 to 2011. From 1972 to 1982 Roxy Music released eight albums, six which were UK Gold and two which were UK Platinum. Three were number one in the UK

Roxy Music played 18 songs beginning with “Re-Make-ReModel”. Roxy Music played some of their greatest hits like “Avalon”, “Love Is the Drug” and “Oh Yeah”. The last song was “Do the Strand”. It was certainly a historic pageant celebrating 50 years of one of the UK’s biggest and most influential bands. The visuals were amazing as well as the sound.

A few musicians in the crowd were Danny Carey (Tool) and Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach/Chevy Metal) who played the night before Taylor Hawkins tribute Glenn Danzig who performed at The Forum with the 2017 Misfits KISS drummer Eric Singer played you there in 2019, and Blondie drummer Clem Burke.

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