Roxy Music made our musical dreams come true with St. Vincent this Friday night


The idea of ​​seeing Roxy Music live seemed like a complete fantasy heading into 2022, one of those “Wouldn’t it be great if (choose a name) went on tour again?” Only a handful of bands whose members still live and breathe seem immune to the seductive lure of the “reunion tour” – Dire Straits, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin come to mind, as does Roxy Music.

That is, until the impossible happens and Roxy Music announces a 50th anniversary reunion tour with a DFW date. On Friday night at the American Airlines Center, the band’s core quartet – vocalist Bryan Ferry, guitarist Phil Manzanera, oboist/saxophonist Andy Mackay and drummer Paul Thompson – dispelled any doubt that such an event was impossible.

Although only the lower bowl portion of the area was open to the public — and the entirety of the sections opposite the stage covered in black tarp — the crowd still seemed sparse, not to mention rowdy. There was an overflow of shouting and shouting reminiscent of an audience at a Doobie Brothers concert that contrasted with the elegance on and off stage.

There was a clear distinction between fashion choices among audience members. Seemingly in homage to Roxy Music’s early days when they wore outrageous costumes and their later days when they were limited to what seemed like only the finest evening wear, the audience was a mix of young people wearing costumes, dresses evening dresses and flashy costumes – with some women going so far as to dress like the models Roxy Music has used on nearly every one of their album covers, while the older crowd mostly sticks to a t t-shirt and cargo shorts.

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The heroine from her hometown of St. Vincent warmed up the crowd on Friday night.

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St. Vincent, aka Dallas native Annie Clark, was the opening act. The hometown hero wandered through the crowd during her song “New York,” sitting with and on top of audience members and carrying a small child. Clark’s band included bassist/producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, whose recent credits include polishing behind the decks of records by Paramore, Young The Giant, M83 and a longtime collaboration with Beck.

St. Vincent’s stage design and set design did not differ from his most recent daddy’s house album cycle. The singer toasted North Texas for helping support her development as an artist and completed an absolutely spectacular performance.

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Annie Clark walked through the crowd and held babies at the American Airlines Center.

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When Ferry, Manzanera, Mackay and Thompson came out on stage one by one, it felt like a huge wrong had been righted. Roxy Music is an eternal entity whose physical presence on stage has been stolen from us for two decades.

Throughout the show, the various band members smiled widely and visibly. It was clear they were having as much, if not more, fun than the audience. Opening the show with “Re-Make/Re-Model”, the first track from their self-titled LP, it was apparent that the song and almost every song that followed had been adjusted to lower the keys considerably to accommodate Ferry’s increasingly limited vocals.

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St. Vincent came home to open for Roxy Music, and she killed the mission.

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While her voice has been reduced to just a passionate rasp resembling a whisper, there’s an undeniable beauty in hearing Ferry’s new, older voice singing lyrics like “It was fun, for a while there was had no way of knowing, like a dream in the night, who can tell where we’re going? It wasn’t like other acclaimed reunion tours where the bands looked and sounded great but seemed disconnected from the mission at hand Ferry is aware that his voice has resisted and he makes no effort to hide the truth as it is part of the ongoing saga.The songs don’t age; the meanings simply adjust to his life choices.

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Ferry was older and his words much wiser on Friday night.

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Roxy Music’s setlist was a mix of favorites such as ‘More Than This’, ‘Avalon’, ‘Love is the Drug’ and even deep favorites such as ‘In Every Dream Home a Heartache’, Ferry’s critique of materialism 20th century that has gained a new credibility factor in the internet age when delivered by Ferry’s weathered grater.
Instead of a young man who had everything he wanted and still wasn’t happy, Ferry now looked like an old man who had wasted his life chasing what he wanted and still wasn’t happy. not happy.

Even more incredible, the band’s actual kinetic performance was well-oiled, with nine additional members complementing the main four, including bassist Neil Jason, who played the bass parts on Roxy Music’s Swan Song album. Avalon.

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Roxy Music brought joy to the crowd at the American Airlines Center.

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Somehow, the band was able to make a massive performance that was obviously meticulously rehearsed seem purely spontaneous.

In his book Avalon, biographer Simon Morrison wrote that the band strove to remove “chance-based elements” from their music. On stage in Dallas on Friday, the exact opposite happened: the band’s instrumental breaks, sometimes resembling jams, shone when taken to the extreme. The multi-instrumental coda of “If There is Something” and the all-instrumental “Tara” come to mind.

When Ferry reached the end of Roxy’s hit cover of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy,” people wondered if he would be able to whistle, like on the recording of the song. In a moment of catharsis that no doubt brought some onlookers to tears, Ferry whistled the end just as he had on the record 40 years earlier. For most audience members who weren’t even born when Roxy Music’s last record was released, this was a highlight.

Friday night, there was really nothing more than that.

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Andy Mackay was one of the original members of Roxy Music returning in 2022.

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Ferry and the band played a meticulous but seemingly spontaneous set.

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Roxy Music made our dreams come true on Friday night.

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Roxy Music gathered a mixed crowd on Friday.

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