Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bryan Ferry at Hampton Court

Hampton Court. Wednesday 21-June-2017.

Yet another band ticked off the musical bucket list - artists to see before *they* die. Roxy Music was part of my college soundtrack: "For Your Pleasure" and "Stranded"; then solo "These Foolish Things" and "Another Time, Another Place". Clearly Roxy Music are unlikely to reform but it was a safe bet that Bryan's set would include some Roxy tracks.

So glad they added this extra date so we could get to see him.

We had a champagne picnic in the grounds beforehand.

As always, I love this place. As concert venues go a five centuries old royal palace ain't bad.

The band were wonderful, the backing singers were excellent but the sax player was superb, she rightfully feature heavily in many of the songs. It made me appreciate how much the saxophone was a key component of the Roxy Music sound.

Listening to Bryan sing Do The Strand I twigged that the lyrics mention Quaglino's where we have dined several times. Of course back in 1973 it meant nothing. Now the penny drops.

A review of the first date from The Express which could equally apply to this date:

"Backed by a fabulous band - playing a funky The Main Thing from Roxy's final album Avalon - Ferry sauntered onstage to play a long set of solo hits and Roxy Music classics. At 71, Ferry still cuts a dashing figure with his flop of dark hair and elegant suit. As the opening notes to Slave To Love played, a snake-hipped Ferry rolled back the years as he transformed the Palace Base Court into an outdoor disco playing hit after hit." [Full review Bryan Ferry opens the Hampton Court Palace Festival in grand style]

"An elegant evening of music under the stars - with more than a dash of style - to celebrate the 25th Hampton Court Palace Festival." Couldn't have put it better myself.

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