New Theatre, Oxford
A Saturday night out in Oxford, Bryan Ferry and his young, lean band of musicians and a back catalogue of 40+ years to choose from. What could possibly go wrong? Absolutely nothing. Banana Ferrini belies his near 70 years and looks fantastic. His voice my have lost a bit at the top of it’s range but he has the vocal skills to compensate. The set had 4 or 5 songs from the new album (very good), Avonmore, as well as a good trip back down memory – lane to delve into plenty of Roxy classics. Ladytron, Beauty Queen, More Than This, Avalon, Love Is The Drug, Do The Strand, Virginia Plain and Editions Of You were mixed with album cuts like Stronger Through The Years, Tara and My Only Love. The band are fantastic, Neil Hubbard on second guitar supporting Jacob Quistgaard, the young lead player, perfectly. The star of the show is Jorja Chalmers, a tall girl playing the Andy Mackay role. She looks like she has walked straight out of the Addicted To Love video and she played like a dream. A really good sound, a fast-paced show and an audience on their feet, roaring, by the end. Great night.
Surprisingly ‘up for it.’ A few trendies and hipsters but mostly couples out for a night of nostalgia and a bit of a dance. Lots of screams and sighs ( he does look disgustingly good for a 70 year old grandfather) and lots of admiring noises for the deeper cuts from Roxy’s history.
It made me think..
Love Is The Drug is a fantastic song.