There were many things I could have written about today, but the email in the personal device this morning took the pole position. Roxy Music are touring North America and the UK for their 50th anniversary this year. The last band standing of the high holy trinity of Post-Punk as we know it. David Bowie and Lou Reed are gone and Roxy is the other band whose DNA can be found in dozens, if not hundreds of groups in my Record Cell.
I’m actually surprised this is taking place since the band’s last hurrahs onstage were in 2011, in the UK and Europe. The last time they toured North America was in 2003! Though they performed at the 2019 Rock + Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. I’ll guess that you weren’t invited either! I count myself lucky to have seen the 2001 tour on two of its stops [Camden, NJ and Atlanta, GA]. But select Canadian and US cities are getting the love this fall with a tour that has St. Vincent as the opening act [except for Boston]. Let’s see those dates right now!
Roxy Music | 50th Anniversary Tour | 2022
September 7, 2022 | Scotiabank Arena | Toronto
September 9, 2022 | Capitol One Arena | Washington DC
September 12, 2022 | Madison Square | Garden New York
September 15, 2022 | Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia
September 17, 2022 | TD Garden | Boston
September 19, 2022 | United Center | Chicago
September 21, 2022 | Moody Center | Austin
September 23, 2022 | American Airlines Center | Dallas
September 26, 2022 | Chase Center | San Francisco
September 28, 2022 | The Forum | Los Angeles
October 10, 2022 | OVO Hydro | Glasgow
October 12, 2022 | AO Arena | Manchester
October 14, 2022 | The O2 | London
Wow. Nine US dates. One in Canada, and three in the UK. We are fortunate this year. That might have everything to do with the band finally getting the RRHOF nod recently. Mr. Ferry is no slouch at playing in America, but the full Roxy mothership has been scantly sighted on these shores in the new millennium. And gloryoski, do mine eyes taunt me or does it look like Texas gets two shows! I’m just saying that they had better have “Prarie Rose” in that setlist.
To further mark the occasion, Roxy Music have a new website to herald the event with merch and full lyrics to their canon available for your perusal. Tickets go on sale at 9 AM in the UK on March 31st, and April 4th at 10 AM EST in North America.
But the pre-sale begins TOMORROW.
Go to Bryan Ferry’s website for the presale codes.
The Maestro will be playing in San Francisco on what will be his 77th birthday. If you’ve never had the pleasure then act now! Supplies are limited! Of course Paul Thompson will be on the drum stool and I’m guessing some of the excellent pros that comprise Bryan Ferry’s band will be adding their chops. And if they don’t get Chris Spedding on 2nd guitar then I’ll have to do a spit take.