Roxy Music mainman turns Atlanta’s Tabernacle venue into a temple.
TEXT & PHOTOS BY JOHN BOYDSTON
Bryan Ferry is on tour – and it’s a don’t miss show for even the most casual Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music fan, as if such a person exists. Not a Roxy Music reunion, but no complaints from this packed Atlanta crowd, with plenty of great RM songs on the playlist. Ferry is in unbelievable form — looks great, voice amazing, crooning set to stun, rocking hard, and he’s still Mr. Suave. He’s 71.
And get this, Brit guitar rock legend Chris Spedding is in the band, bringing his never-not-brilliant-chops to the upbeat mix of excellent players. From the best Nilsson stuff, to helping record the Sex Pistols, to Robert Gordon’s rockabilly heyday later in the decade, Spedding played on or steered some of the best rock of that era and he’s still got the magic, so it was a pleasure to see this guy. The other guitarist rocked too, but hey, this is Chris Spedding.
Don’t be late for this show – you don’t want to miss opener Judith Owen, pictured above. Think Laura Nyro, but now. Owen’s band also features some top players, including LA legend Leland Sklar on bass. Owen, incidentally, is satirist (and Spinal Tap member) Harry Shearer’s spouse. Now THAT is show business.
Tour dates and ticket info is here – extra US dates have been added for August so fish around for those.