When Jane met her Roxy Music ‘singing idols’ in Glasgow – memories of the band before the 50th anniversary tour


LEGENDARY band Roxy Music have announced they will be playing Glasgow as part of a 50th anniversary tour.

The first time they played in the city was in April 1973, at Green’s Playhouse.

Tickets cost from 85p.

It was a good year for fans of Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera and Paul Thompson, as they returned to the same location in November – at that time, however, it was called the Apollo.

were you there? Grant Watson, of Maryhill, was at the first concert. “I remember thinking I couldn’t believe I had tickets to see my heroes,” he says. “They were awesome.

“Green’s was falling apart at the time – it was a bit crummy. But the music, I will never forget it.

Anyone who was at the Apollo the next time the group returned to town might recall a dramatic turn of events.

As part of the 1974 Country Life album tour, which took the band through Europe, Australia and the United States, Roxy Music played the Apollo, where Paul Thompson so shattered his drums he had to play most of the concert using the drums from the support act.

Glasgow Time: Bryan Ferry.  Image: Getty Images

When Roxy Music returned to Glasgow in September 1982, for a woman from Glasgow, it was a night to remember.

Jane Colquhoun from the West End was our winner in a contest to meet the group.

‘Rock on Jane’, our headline read the day after the concert at the Apollo in September 1982. ‘It was the kind of moment when half the girls in Glasgow would give their right ‘Evening Times Jane Colquhoun… met her singing idol, Bryan Ferry.

Jane had won tickets to the concert, and brought her husband William, “who was also a fan”, which was lucky.

Glasgow Times: The Evening Times clipping, 1982

The band advertised the Glasgow gig alongside performances in Manchester and London.

“Since their formation in 1972, inductees into the multi-platinum Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Roxy Music has left an indelible mark on the worlds of music, fashion and art, merging the three with a singular vision and amazing that brought them immediate, global success,” a spokesperson said.

“Today they are considered one of the most influential bands of all time, whose work has inspired generations of musicians.

“Intense, emotional and intelligent, with iconic graphics, Roxy Music’s eight studio albums gave birth to the art-rock movement, blurring the lines between genres and infusing rock music with a new kind of glamor for the first time. ”

Half a century has passed since the release of their first album Roxy Music in 1972.

They will take the stage at OVO Hydro on October 10, 2022.

Roxy Music’s impressive five-decade career spanned hits Love is the Drug, Virginia Plain, Avalon and more.

Their UK shows follow a series of ten arena tours across the US, which will be the band’s first tour in 11 years.

This is the first time the quartet have reunited since the For Your Pleasure tour in 2011.

In addition to the tour, Roxy Music will celebrate a great year with a reissue of its most famous works.

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Each of their eight studio albums will be released throughout 2022 as special anniversary editions with new half-speed cuts.

Roxy Music and For Your Pleasure will be released this Friday, April 1.

Tickets for the Glasgow concert are on sale now.

Were you at Roxy Music gigs in Glasgow in the 70s and 80s?

What is the best concert hall in town?

And what famous bands have you seen in town?

Share your memories and photos with Times Past by emailing [email protected] or writing to Ann Fotheringham, Glasgow Times, 125 Fullarton Drive, Glasgow G32 8FG.

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