It’s Confirmed! Roxy Music Reunite with Brian Eno
In events which once seemed only slightly less unlikely than Mike Bloomfield, who died in 1981, reuniting with Paul Butterfield, it was reported over the weekend that the legendary Roxy Music have been recording with the legendary Brian Eno for the first time in more than 30 years. The full original lineup of Roxy Music, including Eno, lead singer Bryan Ferry, guitarist Phil Manzanera, saxophonist Andy Mackay, and drummer Paul Thompson are working on a new album with producers Rhett Davies, and Chris Thomas. Preliminary planning is underway for a tour of Europe later this year, though neither times nor places have been confirmed.
Eno, among the most respected innovators in music, first came to prominence as a member of Roxy Music but left the group after their first two albums. He went on to release artistically successful, culturally significant solo albums and produce classic albums like Remain in Light (Talking Heads), The Joshua Tree (U2), and No New York (the quintessential no wave compilation). Though Eno last recorded with Roxy Music as a group in 1973, Manzanera contributed to many of Eno’s solo albums, and Eno appeared on Ferry’s last solo album Frantic in 2002. Roxy Music reunited without Eno in 2001 and played several acclaimed live shows in Europe last summer, including Live 8 Berlin. Their last album was Avalon, released in 1982.
In advance of the new Roxy Music album, an album featuring remixes of Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry classics by DJs and producers will be released.