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    Bryan Ferry

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    Bryan Ferry

    Performing live on August 29 2019: Bryan Ferry at Greek Theatre by Michelle Nati, photos by Stevo Rood

    A full gallery of photos from this show can be seen here.

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    LA’s Greek Theatre was the perfect setting for seeing summer out—unofficially, anyway—as the dashing and dapper Bryan Ferry and his polished 9-piece band performed favorites from his solo albums and Roxy Music’s extensive and well-loved catalog.

    Opening the show was Femme Schmidt, a singer-songwriter from Berlin whose ethereal set complimented and prepared the crowd for what was to come.

    Photo by Stevo Rood

    The former Roxy frontman was magnetic from the moment he hit the stage and started the show with “India,” “The Main Thing,” and “The Space Between” from 1982’s Avalon before moving onto more danceable and well-known later-’80s classics like “Slave To Love,” among others.

    To that point, the show was enjoyable and and Ferry’s band more than held their own, but you could feel the audience stop in its tracks when it heard the opening chords to “In Every Dream Home A Heartache.” From that moment on , Ferry held the crowd completely in his sway as he and former Roxy guitarist Chris Spedding launched into a series of Roxy Music classics.

    Photo by Stevo Rood

    Ferry tackled two covers during the set—“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” recorded for 2007’s Dylanesque and the Wilbert Harrison penned “Let’s Stick Together,” which he recorded with Roxy Music in 1976. Both songs allowed him to show off his considerable harmonica chops as sax player Jorja Chalmers traded many an effortless riff with Spedding throughout the show and repeatedly nailed Ferry’s signature sound.

    The rest of the set had the crowd on it’s collective feet as all but one of  Roxy Music’s albums were sampled. As the show wound down, Ferry, ever elegant and always graceful, put everything he had left into “Love Is The Drug” and “Do The Strand” before taking leave of the stage. There was no encore, although we had so wished there were.

    Photo by Stevo Rood

    A full gallery of photos from this show can be seen here.

    SET LIST:

    India
    The Main Thing
    The Space Between
    The 39 Steps
    Out of the Blue
    Slave To Love
    While My Heart Is Still Beating
    Don’t Stop the Dance
    Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (Bob Dylan cover)
    Boys and Girls
    Dance Away
    My Only Love
    Take a Chance With Me
    Bête Noire
    Can’t Let Go
    In Every Dream Home a Heartache
    If There Is Something
    More Than This
    Avalon
    Love Is the Drug
    Do the Strand
    Let’s Stick Together (Wilbert Harrison cover)

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