Legendary British artist Bryan Ferry, singer with ‘Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers’ Roxy Music, has announced his upcoming project album ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1974’ ahead of a brand-new UK tour commencing this coming March.
The release, which is a recording from Ferry’s first-ever solo tour and described as a “seminal performance”, is now available to the public for the very first time. Scheduled for release on 7 February 2020 via BMG.
At the start of the Englishman’s solo career, Ferry, originally from Washington in County Durham, released two records, ‘These Foolish Things’ and ‘Another Time, Another Place’ in 1973 and 1974, respectively. However, he had never performed them live.
He has been described as an “"elegant, seductive croon” and also established a distinctive image and sartorial style according to The Independent. Along with contemporary David Bowie, Ferry influenced a generation with his music and appearances. Style guru Peter York described Ferry as “an art object” who "should hang in The Tate.
The set list from ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1974’ is constructed around these two albums and is a marked departure from the music he was performing with Roxy Music in previous years.
The track list consists of fan favourites including the likes of ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ (Bob Dylan), ‘The ‘In’ Crowd’, ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’, and ‘I Love How You Love Me’. With 14 tracks the album spans his influences from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, including the records that shaped him growing up and throughout his early years. ‘Baby I Don’t Care’, ‘These Foolish Things’ and ‘It’s My Party’ amongst other tracks.
But before he hit the big time with Roxy Music, in the late 1960s Ferry had and taught art and pottery at a Holland Park School in west London while pursuing a career in music. At Newcastle University (1964-68) he studied fine art under Richard Hamilton for one year, with contemporaries including Tim Head and Nick de Ville.
Achieving immediate and sensational success in the early 1970s with his group Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry has taken his place as one of the most iconic and innovative artists in popular music.
He began his solo career in 1973 while still a member of Roxy Music and disbanded the group following the release of their best-selling album ‘Avalon’ in 1982 to concentrate on his solo career, releasing hit singles such as ‘Slave To Love’ and ‘Don’t Stop The Dance’ and the UK No.1 album ‘Boys and Girls’ (1985).
Subsequent to Ferry’s acclaimed return to an ultra-modern rock form with ‘Avonmore’ - perhaps his most personally revealing album to date, more recent years have been devoted to extensive touring, with rapturously received shows throughout the UK, Europe and America.
In 2018 Ferry released the record ‘Bitter-Sweet’, which reworked earlier Ferry and Roxy Music hits and stood alongside his participation in the Netflix series ‘Babylon Berlin’. A year later Ferry was inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ as a part of Roxy Music, who collectively as a band have sold in excess of 30 million records globally.
Ferry’s upcoming tour begins in Scotland at Glasgow’s SEC Armadillo on 3 March 2020 and culminates in two dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 11 and 13 March. In between he and his band take in Newcastle’s City Hall (5 March), Manchester’s Palace Theatre (7 March), Manchester, and De Montfort Hall, Leicester (9 March).