Bryan Ferry celebrates 40th anniversary with new album and 2013 UK tour
Roxy crooner turns to the Roaring Twenties for creative inspiration, tickets on sale Friday 30th November
For those following the fortunes of one Bryan Ferry, from Roxy Music to reunions and last year's "Olympia" solo-album, the announcement from the singer that his next project would involve '20s jazz-arrangements of his own songs and, more to the point, the formation of his own orchestra to carry it all off, without his dulcet croon an accompaniment, might come as a shock. To learn that he's also celebrating his 40th year as a solo artist with a full UK tour, probably won't - there's a lot of catalogue to wade through, for a start!
Bryan Ferry released his first solo album in 1973. Entitled "These Foolish Things", the entire set marked something of a departure from his usual glam-rockery found on Roxy Music records - it was all cover-versions, done in a smooth, languid style, with a few songs extracted from shows, rock and soul's deep vaults. The title-track came from the '30s, while others included Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and The Rolling Stones and while follow-up solo albums followed suit with more cover-versions, the 40-year old album stands up today as perhaps Ferry's most-refined homage to another age - until now, perhaps.
This week (26th November 2012), Bryan has temporarily hung up his mike to piece together and co-ordinate "The Jazz Age", an album of 13 Roxy and Ferry songs given a scat, ragtime and spatz make-over. The man himself isn't on the project and it's unlikely that much of the album will ever get aired outside of the usual Ferry circle of fans. The idea doesn't seem so strange when you note the first instrumental as being "Do the Strand" - it's a dance in itself. Someone on Strictly is bound to give it a go.
Giving it a go in 2013 will be Ferry himself with a full UK tour announced on the back of "The Jazz Age". He'll be appearing at various large venues across the UK, starting with Salford on 26th October 2013, followed by the likes of Nottingham, Ipswich, Cambridge and many more until Plymouth on 23rd November. The London show will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on 4th November, after which he will become Ferry across the Mersey (sorry, couldn't resist it) in Liverpool on the 6th.
Tickets will go on sale at various prices from 10am on Friday 30th November. Expect a career-spanning show and maybe just a bit of the Jazz Age mixed in - with Ferry in person this time.
You may be interested in
- Sat 22nd Jul 2017 U2: The Joshua TreeCroke Park Stadium (Dublin)Buy Tickets
- Sat 22nd Jul 2017 PennFest, Sigma, James, The Coral, Maximo Park, Cast, The Pi...The Big Park [Penn House] (Buckinghamshire)Buy Tickets
- Sat 29th Jul 2017 Live From Times Square, JamesTimes Square (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)Buy Tickets
- Fri 4th Aug 2017 JamesNewmarket Racecourse (Newmarket)Buy Tickets
- Thu 10th Aug 2017 Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack, Summer Nights at the BandstandKelvingrove Park (Glasgow)Buy Tickets
- Sat 12th Aug 2017 to Sat 24th Mar 2018 Roxy MusiqueBuy Tickets
- Sun 13th Aug 2017 to Tue 5th Dec 2017 Van MorrisonBuy Tickets
- Mon 21st Aug 2017 Liars, Songhoy Blues, Jenny Hval, Roddy Woomble, Holy F**k, ...Cardross Estate (Stirlingshire)Buy Tickets
- Tue 22nd Aug 2017 Daniel LanoisOslo (Hackney)Buy Tickets
- Sat 26th Aug 2017 to Sat 10th Feb 2018 Roxy MagicBuy Tickets
- Sun 27th Aug 2017 Milestones [jazz], Jazz Cafe: Miles DavisJazz Cafe (Camden)Buy Tickets
- Sat 2nd Sep 2017 to Wed 6th Sep 2017 Pet Shop BoysBuy Tickets
- Sun 3rd Sep 2017 Colin StetsonDuke of York's Picturehouse (Brighton)Buy Tickets
- Sat 9th Sep 2017 Erased Tapes, Penguin Cafe, Peter Broderick: Erased Tapes is TenRoyal Festival Hall (Lambeth)Buy Tickets
- Sat 23rd Sep 2017 The Black Angels, Songhoy Blues, Laetitia Sadier, Loop, Adri...Liverpool Baltic Triangle - Various Venues (Liverpool)Buy Tickets
- Sat 23rd Sep 2017 to Fri 1st Dec 2017 Songhoy BluesBuy Tickets
- Sat 30th Sep 2017 The Warehouse Project, Jon Hopkins, Floating PointsWHP Store Street (Manchester)On SaleFri 21st Julat 9am
- Wed 18th Oct 2017 to Sat 24th Mar 2018 Paul CarrackBuy Tickets
- Thu 2nd Nov 2017 to Fri 16th Feb 2018 Curved AirBuy Tickets
- Sat 4th Nov 2017 Amadou & MariamTroxy (London)Buy Tickets
- Wed 29th Nov 2017 Robin TrowerIslington Assembly Hall [Town Hall] (Islington)Buy Tickets
- Thu 30th Nov 2017 to Thu 14th Dec 2017 Michael Ball, Alfie Boe: Together AgainBuy Tickets
- Sat 16th Dec 2017 A Certain RatioO2 Ritz (Manchester)Buy Tickets
- Thu 25th Jan 2018 to Sat 3rd Feb 2018 Jah WobbleBuy Tickets