Long-dormant U.K. rock act Roxy Music gave its first public performance in 18 years at a television studio in West London last night (May 23), as the much-revered and widely influential band prepares for the opening U.K. and Irish leg of its 50-date international tour.
The current lineup of Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay, drummer Paul Thompson, and guitarist Chris Spedding played a short set to a delighted audience at a special taping for the BBC’s “TOTP2” series at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. The program, intercut with new interview footage, is set to air June 6 and will be repeated on June 9.
Beginning with Roxy’s 1972 debut hit “Virginia Plain,” the performance also included “Out of the Blue,” “Do the Strand,” “Love is the Drug,” and the band’s 1981 U.K. chart-topping version of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.” Roxy Music’s U.K. tour is set to begin June 8 at the Point Depot in Dublin, culminating in a June 22-24 stand at London’s Wembley Arena. The jaunt then moves into Europe before progressing to North America.