➤ Ferry backed by three bass players, Roxy back on the road — how cool is that?


❚ THE MAN WHO DEFINED COOL in the glitzy 70s — the decade that style forgot — was Bryan Ferry, who from Tuesday revives English art-rock gods Roxy Music — for a seven-date UK arena tour, Jan 25-Feb 7, ending at the O2. This will be a hair-tingling reunion of the original line-up of Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera and Paul Thompson…

Roxy Music, reunion, 2011 tourA propos last year’s Olympia, “his best album in two decades” with Kate Moss as the cover, and this Roxy tour, there’s a long, discursive, fan-moist interview with Ferry, “the sultan of suave”, at The Quietus. Ferry has a niggle — “Unless you have a top twenty record, Tesco won’t stock you” — but is pleased that owning your own studio “means you end up doing things that others wouldn’t be bothered to do. For instance, having three bass players on a track (You Can Dance), which people think is a bit mad. But it sounds great; it’s a great big machine. Like the great leader James Brown always had two drummers, and when I saw him he had two bassists as well. He supported me, believe it or not, at a gig at the Natural History Museum”.

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