Roxy Music’s short 50th Anniversary North American tour came to an end at the KIA Forum last night. This was their first tour in a decade. The tour was just 10 dates beginning September 7th in Toronto, Canada. The tour included stops at the United Center, TD Garden, Madison Square Garden, the Chase Center, and American Airlines Arena. However there are still three shows next month in the U.K. For 50 years Roxy Music has been Bryan Ferry (Lead Vocals/Keys), Andy Mackay (Sax/Oboe), Paul Thompson (Drums), and Phil Manzanera (Guitar). If you saw David Gilmour at the Forum back in 2015 you may remember Manzanera playing with him. The touring band is bassist Neil Jason, Christian Gulino (M.D. + Keyboards), Nathen 'Tugg' Curran (Percussion), Jorja Chalmers (Sax & Keyboards), Chloe Beth Smith (Keyboards), Phebe Edwards (Backing Vocals), Fonzi Thornton (Backing Vocals), Senab Adekunle (Backing Vocals), and Tom Vanstiphout (Guitar). Along with Roxy Music is St. Vincent. St. Vincent played a great set of nine songs including “Los Angeles,” “New York,” and “Fast Slow Disco.”
Roxy Music was around for 13 years before breaking up in 1983 then reunited from 1978-1983 and again from 2001-2011. From 1972 to 1982 Roxy Music released eight albums six that were U.K. Gold and two that were UK Platinum. Three were number one in the U.K.
Roxy Music played 18 songs beginning with “Re-Make-ReModel.” Roxy Music played some of their biggest hits like “Avalon,” “Love Is the Drug,” and “Oh Yeah.”The final song was “Do the Strand.” This sure was a historic show celebrating 50 years of one of the greatest and most influential bands to come from the U.K. The visuals were incredible 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 at the Taylor Hawkins tribute, Glenn Danzig who performed at the Forum with the Misfits in 2017 KISS drummer Eric Singer you played there in 2019, and Blondie drummer Clem Burke.