Even after well over 40 years, Bryan Ferry still cuts a highly distinctive dash in the rock world.
The Geordie miner’s son who turned cool into an art form cuts across numerous musical genres, from 50s jazz to soul and Dylan to Irish folk.
He’s also written some of the most enduring and memorable songs of the last four decades.
The fans who braved the November chill were treated to a two hour plus Ferry tour de force, augmented by a black tie orchestra, who kicked off proceedings with jazztime versions of Roxy tracks such as Bogus Man, Avalon and Just Like You.
The main man’s entry lit the blue touchpaper for a varied set showcasing the breadth of the Ferry repertoire, from early Roxy to the solo Bride Stripped Bare period – a stirring version of Can’t Let Go – and latter-day Dylanesque material, including Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues and Knocking on Heaven’s Door.
Complete with a couple of extravagantly athletic dancing girls and frighteningly young virtuoso guitarist Oliver Thompson, the band returned after the interval to roll back the years in inimitable style.
The primal jungle beat of Casanova from the 1974 Country Life album had the audience on their feet while Street Life, Love is the Drug and Let’s Stick Together kept them bouncing along.
There was no encore, but it would have been impossible anyway to top Ferry’s finale of Roxy classic Editions of You, still every inch the barnstorming rocker it was way back in 1973.