After nearly four years of inactivity, Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera has confirmed that the pioneering art-rock group is unlikely to reunite. “I don’t think we’re going to do more shows”, Manzanera told Rolling Stone. “I think our job is done. When we stopped touring in 2011 Andy [Mackay] and I looked at myself and I said, “Our job is done here. “
The group had initially disbanded in 1983, after the 1982 Avalon album promotion tour. However, Manzanera, Mackay, Paul Thompson and Bryan Ferry reunited in 2001 to mark the group’s 30th anniversary and made tours over the following years.
The group themselves have fueled rumors that they will be recording a follow-up for Avalon. In 2005, Manzanera announced that the band, along with Brian Eno, would record a new album, and the following year, Eno said he had worked with the band. This record eventually became Ferry’s solo album, Olympia. In 2007, Ferry said that Roxy was working on a new album, but two years later he said there would be no new album. Then, in 2011, he said he would be interested in recording something “more experimental” under the Roxy banner. Needless to say, this did not happen.
“Musicians love to do new things,” Manzanera told Rolling Stone. “It’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, “Man, 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.
In 2012, Roxy Music released a set of remastered editions of their complete studio recordings. Deluxe reissues of the first two albums, with additional material, are slated for release in 2015.