Roxy Music

Selected by Dan Grunebaum

Reunited after 20 years
Zak Corporation

With all the rock dinosaurs lumbering around on reunion tours these days, it' hard to get overly excited about an upcoming Roxy Music tour, their first in two decades. Moreover, the absence of founding member Brian Eno is made doubly painful by his coincidentally showing up in Japan this summer for the Fuji Rock Festival.

Nevertheless, Roxy Music's unique place in the pantheon of rock is unchallenged, and for fans of music from contemporary electronica to Marilyn Manson fetishism, their legacy is immense. For these reasons, the upcoming gigs by Brian Ferry and Co. should be interesting, and in a small way, historic.

The original Roxy Music lineup came together in 1971, with Bryan Ferry on vocals/keyboards, Brian Eno on synths, Graham Simpson on bass, and Andy Mackay on saxophone. After a year of changes, the roster finally settled into place with Paul Thompson on drums and Phil Manzanera on guitar.

Roxy Music debuted with a self-titled release for Island Records in 1972, blending Ferry's bleak surrealism with '70s electronica. After Eno's acrimonious departure in 1973, they went on to issue a series of hit '70s albums, including For Your Pleasure, Stranded, Country Life and Siren.

The members of Roxy Music went their various ways in the late '70s, reuniting in 1979 for their comeback album, Manifesto. The album spawned two hit singles, "Angel Eyes" and "Dance Away," paving the way for their first number one single, "Jealous Guy," which appeared on the 1981 album Flesh and Blood. Their final album, Avalon, topped the charts in 1982, after which Ferry went on to a relatively successful solo career.

The current, touring edition of Roxy Music features Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay and original drummer Paul Thompson. Ferry told Launch that he had approached Eno about the reunion, but that Eno refused the offer. "I did speak to Brian about doing some dates," Ferry recounted. "He said to me then that he didn't like the idea of ever performing again, you know? I think that's sort of a 'no' really."

Roxy Music play Tokyo International Forum on September 7-9. See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana