ROCK legends Roxy Music are to kick off their first UK tour in more than a decade with a homecoming gig in Newcastle, it was confirmed today.
North East born and bred Bryan Ferry and his band will perform at the Metro Radio Arena on January 25, next year, with tickets on general sale from today.
It coincides with the 40th anniversary of this hugely influential band.
The seven-date For Your Pleasure UK tour starts in Newcastle and concludes at London’s 02 Arena the following month.
The band features the original line-up of Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera and Paul Thompson.
Roxy Music landed in 1971 to part bewilderment part rapture - an intoxicating cocktail of fashion, romance, nostalgia and futurism with songs that were almost cinematic, set to soundscapes that stunned and perplexed.
Remake-Remodel, Do The Strand, Virginia Plain, Love Is the Drug, Pyjamarama, Editions of You and More Than This have all become classics and sound as vital as ever some four decades on.
For all their imitators and admirers, no one has ever successfully cloned the unique and indefinable combination of elements that make Roxy Music one of the most influential bands in rock music history.
Roxy Music, who were chosen by long-time fan Jonathan Ross to be his final music guest on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, tonight are playing a series of European festivals this Summer, including the UK’s Lovebox and Bestival.
Ferry, 64, is the son of a Washington coalminer, and has never forgotten his North East roots. “I am so proud of the place. It has a buzz about it. All the youngsters want to go to Newcastle,” he once told me.
Now a multi-millionaire, he first earned cash delivering the North East football newspaper Pink, reading about the fortunes of his beloved Newcastle United as he trudged from pub to pub selling copies of the paper every Saturday night.
As well as his love of music, his love for the Magpies has continued to flourish and he attends as many matches as he can, taking his four sons along with him.
He grew up in a terraced house in Washington Old Town, where the most recent mod con at the time was a tin bath.
He still gets a lump in his throat when he ventures north and spots the Penshaw monument.
“I’ve lived in London and the south for years now but just the sight of Penshaw Monument tells me I’m home,” he says.
“It instantly reminds me of my mum and dad, who sadly aren’t here any longer. My dad’s family used to farm the land around the monument and when mum and dad were courting dad would ride a horse and cart like a real country boy over to my mum’s house in Washington just to embarrass her.”
He’s as proud of Newcastle as he is of his home town. “Just that whole redevelopment of the Quayside has been a major breakthrough,” he says.