The frontman of Roxy Music hit Leicester on his current tour and with a packed De Montfort Hall house anticipation was high for the show ahead.
Dressed in a crisp suit, as expected, the famous singer treated the eager audience to a selection of tracks from his latest album, Avonmore, mixed in with a few fan favourites to keep the punters happy.
The 69 year old certainly didn’t show his age on stage as he bound through the set list, featuring classics such as Slave To Love as well as earlier Roxy Music choices. His 11 piece touring band really brought the show to life and the audience were even treated to an impressive solo from the Danish lead guitarist.
The highlight of the show for me was in fact not even one of Ferry’s own songs. He and the band undertook a number of covers throughout the set but the version of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes stood out as exceptional in the setlist.
Without doubt the show fell into distinct segments of mellow and much more lively, with the audience up dancing, but it all blended together to form a fantastic all round concert for any Bryan Ferry and/or Roxy Music fans.
The songs off new album Avonmore were received with just as much enthusiasm as older classics and by the time Ferry returned for the encore the audience couldn’t get enough. Let’s Stick Together and Jealous Guy had everyone willing him to stay on stage for just a few more songs, but as the performance came to a close there wasn’t one disappointed person in the house.
Cool As Leicester rated 8.5/10
Bryan Ferry, De Montfort Hall, Thursday 14 May
Photo credit Matthew Becker (www.liverockjournal.com)