ROXY MUSIC Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Self Titled Debut In Austin, TX! REVIEW, PHOTOS + FOUND VIDEO: ROXY MUSIC AT MOODY CENTER 9/21/22
AUSTIN, TX- The legendary English band Roxy music played the Moody Center on Wednesday, September 21 with a special guest, Dallas-raised St. Vincent. The 2022 tour coincides with the 50th anniversary of Roxy Music’s self-titled 1972 debut album.
Annie Clark’s St. Vincent’s opened the night with a perfectly crafted performance, elaborate choreography, set design, and lighting while carrying out immaculate guitar playing and powerful vocals executed with unmatched precision. Her set was warmly received. Around 9.20 pm the crowd cheered as Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry walked towards the piano and the band took their position.
Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, and Paul Thompson, reunited on stage for the first time in a bit over a decade, triumphantly highlighting a keenly curated overview of their career through a set that commenced with “Re-Make /Re-Model” and flew briskly through songs from Flesh and Blood, Country Life, Manifesto and Siren. The band’s first two albums, Roxy Music and 1973’s For your Pleasure were well represented with a peak moment coming during the encore of “Do the Strand”.
After all these decades, Ferry’s vocal range has slightly changed, but it is still unmistakenly him as much as his dapper fashion sense and effortless command of the stage. The band’s back-and-forth dynamics and interactions felt friendly, like a space where everyone’s talent was not merely collectively assembling a musical piece, but acknowledged and observed individually. MacKay’s saxophone solos, Manzanera’s lead guitar prowess, the solid dual drum precision, and phenomenal backing vocals were beautifully performed; this entire concert experience was one of the year’s most soulful.
I got to see Roxy Music! A band like no other with monumental masterpieces and a legacy across genres and styles. They’ve elevated contemporary music to almost unparalleled heights and reset the landscape towards a progressive narrative far ahead of their time