Roxy Music has been completely inactive for over three and a half years, and guitarist Phil Manzanera says this hiatus is likely to go on forever. âI don’t think we’re going to do any other shows,â he said. âI think our job is done. When we stopped touring in 2011 Andy [Mackay] and I looked at myself and I said, âOur job is done here. “
There hasn’t been a new Roxy Music album since 1982 Avalon, but the band reformed in 2001 and have toured sporadically since. âMusicians like to do new things,â says Manzanera. âIt’s really unfortunate for the fans because they would like you to play the same old stuff forever. And they’re going to see it and they’re like, âMan, they’re not as good as they used to be. I am very happy to do new things. I have a couple of albums coming up next year.
The news for Roxy Music fans is not all gloomy. âWe have fantastic box sets of the first two albums next year,â Manzanera said. âThere are all kinds of things; additional [Brian] Eno ingredients and tips. I am very excited about this. There’s also Bryan Ferry’s ongoing solo tour, where he often plays over a dozen Roxy Music songs per night.
Additionally, Manzanera could be on the road himself in the near future. The guitarist, who co-produced Pink Floyd’s new album The endless river, plays in David Gilmour‘s solo group, who are planning a tour when he completes his next album. “If he wants me to go on this tour,” Manzanera says. “I will be there.”